Funeral services for Ara Juanita Leach of Gainesville, Texas will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2011 at Temple Baptist Church with Eddie Chennault officiating under the direction of George Carroll Funeral Home.
Mrs. Leach was born May 26, 1917, in Minden, the daughter of Dr. Bertram and Pear Toadvin Norman. She graduated Minden High School and attended Louisiana State University in Fayetteville. She married Francis K. Leach, in Marietta, Oklahoma, on October 3, 1936.
Mrs. Leach was a life-long Democrat and voted for Franklin Roosevelt in 1932. She was a member of the Executive Committee for the Cooke County Democratic Party, and a precinct chair. She was a delegate to 14 Texas State Democratic Conventions and a delegate to the 2004 National Democratic Convention in Boston.
She is survived by her son, Ken Leach of Gainesville; grandson, Michael McCorkle and his wife, Karen of Castle Rock, Colorado; granddaughters, Phyllis McCorkle McDonald and her husband, Jeff of Fort Worth; Nickie McCorkle Rutland Guyer and her husband, Jerry of Dallas; Jackie Neu of Fort Worth; and Deloras Nava Overstreet and her husband, Trent of Bastrop: great-grandchildren, Russell Rutland, David New, Jr., Rachel McCorkle Bolander, Sabrina McCorkle, Brice McCorkle, Brandon Overstreet, Brady Overstreet, Sissy Overstreet, and Robert Overstreet; son-in-law, Robert Nava; and sister-in-law, Mildred Norman of Minden.
Mrs. Leach was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Betty Nava; brother, Francis Toadvin Norman; sister, Sybil Norman; an infant grandson and an infant great-granddaughter.
To commemorate her love of the beauty of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wild Scape Garden Fund, 3111 Old Garden Road, Fort Worth Texas which is project of the Texas Council of Garden Clubs consisting of a three-acre display of native Texas plants at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.
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