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Her real name was Leona Sue Frock; she was a native of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania and later her family moved to Hanover, PA. She first started performing over radio staion WFMD in Frederick, Maryland as a piano player. About a year and a half later, her career saw her playing accordion with a group called "The South Mountain Rangers", who later went to radio station WCHS out of Charleston, West Virginia, as did Margie Lee.
While she was at WCHS, she also made a few appearances with Cowboy Jack Hunt and his Rhythm Ranch hands. From WCHS, Margie Lee went to WMMN in Fairmont, West Virginia where she hooked up with Buddy Starcher and his All Star Roundup. That is where she also picked up the "Margie Lee" name.
Her career then saw her move to WHIS Bluefield, West Virginia and Cowboy Jack Hunt once again. Later, she spent time as part of Cousin Wilbur and his Tennessee Mountaineers, who were former stars of the Grand Ole Opry out of Nashville, Tennessee.
In early 1947, her career saw her on a daily show on WLOG in Logan, West Virginia at noon.
She later married Donald Klunk.
However, tragedy struck in November of 1966 in Hanover, Pennsylvania where she and her husband resided. The 1964 Falcon station wagon she was driving was hit broadside by a cement mixing truck at the corner of Highland Avenue and Bannister Street and slammed her car into two utility poles. Her son Randy, 12 years old at the time, was critically injured and later recovered. The family housekeeper, Cara Kindig was also injured. The accident occurred on Friday, November 25, 1966.
A subsequent article stated that Leona was an accomplished musician and a musical instructor. She had been an employee of Menchey Music Service for the nine previous years as an organ and piano instructor.
During the year prior to her death, she played with the dance band the "Four Sharps", featured at the local Thomasville Inn. She had also been part of other bands in the years prior. She was affiliated with the Musicians Union Local No. 49.
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