Leona Catherine Harper Leach, 92, of Simpson, W.Va., passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born on June 9, 1921, in Pendleton County (Seneca Rocks), a daughter of the late Mason and Kate Harper.
Surviving are three daughters, Marlene Leach of Fairmont, Luella Burton and husband, David, of Simpson and Clarenda Fragale and husband, Anthony, of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Jennifer Londeree and husband, Dan, of Huntington, Scott Burton and wife, Rebecca, of Alabama, Aaron Burton of Virginia Beach, Mark Fragale and wife, Megan, of Morgantown and David Fragale of Columbus; and four great-grandchildren, Emma and Claire Londeree, Elias and Eden Burton. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Adolphus T. Leach on March 30, 1994; two brothers, Roscoe and Wright Harper; and one sister, Norma Black.
Ms. Leach was a graduate of Circleville High School and Davis & Elkins College. She also attended Fairmont State, WVU and Marshall. She began a teaching career in Pendleton County in 1944 and retired after 21 years of service from Taylor County teaching at Flemington Elementary School. She was a member of the WV Education Association, National Education Association and Taylor County Retired Teachers Association. Ms. Leach was also a member and past Sunday school teacher at Union Baptist Church, a member of the American Baptist Women, Deacon Emeritus and a member of the VFW Post 3081 Ladies Auxiliary.
The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Union Baptist Church in Simpson, W.Va. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the church with Sam Myers and Chad Griffith officiating, and eulogy by Scott Burton. Interment will follow in the Simpson Cemetery.
The family requests memorial donations be made to any of the following: Union Baptist Church, Simpson Cemetery, Amedysis Hospice, or the Flemington Emergency Squad.
The Bradley J. Mayle Funeral Home in Flemington, W.Va., is honored to be serving the Leach Family during this time.