Mrs. Jean C. Leach, age 91 of Hersey, died Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the Spectrum Health-Reed City Campus. She was born Jean Carolyn McKinley in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Clara Belle (Hancock) and Harold James McKinley on September 24, 1916. She married Ferris N. Leach on January 16, 1954 in Grant. She graduated from Michigan State University with Masters a degree in 1960.  She was a Home Economist for Michigan State University for 27 years until retirement in 1976. She was a professional advisor to the 4-H and many Extension Groups. She was a member of the Eastern Star, served on American Council of Family Relations, member of the Farm Bureau, served on the boards of Eagle Village, MOARC, Chairman of National Association of Home Ecnomists, life member State Association of Home Economist. She was featured on WKZO TV, and had a weekly broadcast on WBRN Radio, WWTV 9 & 10 and a weekly article in the Osceola County Herald called "Jottings from Jean". 

She is survived by her husband: Ferris Leach, her children Jack & Chris Wilson of Amissville, VA, Judy & Jack Hays of Big Rapids, Kristie Husby of Lansing, Bonnie & Len Gawron of Norton Shores, Sally & Barry Meier of Marysville, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter, and her brother Harold & Ardy McKinley Jr. of Newaygo.  She was preceded in death by son Mark (Toby) Leach and her grandson Tom Hays.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM from the St Paul Lutheran Church, Reed City on Tuesday, November 6.  Interment will be in the Hersey Village Cemetery. Visitation will be held 2-4 & 6-8 PM Monday at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed. For memorials please consider the Osceola Community Foundation. Please sign the online guest at www.mckinleyfuneral.com. The family is being served by the McKinley Funeral Home in Grant and Pruitt-Livingstion Funeral Home in Reed City.. 

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Deb Brackett Aten
Monday November 05, 2007
09:21:57

My thoughts are prayers are with all of you at this time. May God give you all the strength to get you thru this most difficult time.

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RCHS Class of 1973
Monday November 05, 2007
09:23:12

Sally, please know that we are all praying for you and your family.

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Maggie Bethel
Monday November 05, 2007
13:29:21

Dear Ferris, Judy, and family, I just received the news from Jerry Lindquist and I am sorry to hear of Jean's passing. I am at MSU and serving on a search committee for the next several days, so will not be with you to join in celebrating Jean's wonderful lifetime of contributions and achievements. She was a very important lady to me and of great influence on my career. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you gather as family and friends to support each other during this difficult time.

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Judy and Jim Blow and family
Monday November 05, 2007
22:16:12

Dear Uncle Farris, So sorry to hear about Aunt Jeans passing. I am so glad we got to visit with her and you when we were up for the family reunion. I know it is a big loss for you and the girls. I know she will be dearly missed. We are back in Florida so will not be there with you and I am so sorry for that. You and the family will be in our prayers. We Love You Dearly.

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Billie and Larry Albright
Tuesday November 06, 2007
17:09:07

Wish we could have been there to help celebrate Aunt Jean's wonderful life. She was such an insprition to me as I grew up. She was quite a lady with her hospitality and always supporting family get-togethers. We will miss her dearly. Our love to Uncle Ferris, Judy, Jack, Kris, Bonnie and Sally.

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Scott and Joni Prins
Tuesday November 06, 2007
17:31:13

Uncle Ferris, Kris, Bonnie, Sally, Judy, and Jack. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families during this time of grief. May God comfort you during this difficult time. We have many fond memories of Aunt Jean, being the perfect hostess regardless of what was going on in her busy life. She always took the time and made the effort to make those visiting feel at home in her home.

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Jessica Broombaugh
Tuesday November 06, 2007
18:37:39

May you rest in peace, my lovely Aunt Jean. Uncle Ferris and family, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. All my love, Jessica

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Cindy & Gary Samp
Wednesday November 07, 2007
07:14:39

Dear Uncle Ferris and Family - I was so glad to have known Aunt Jean and the rest of the Leaches. You've been an important part of my life, even though we got a late start getting to know each other. I have such great memories of all the family reunions, of which Aunt Jean was a big part. At one of the reunions, we collected favorite recipes - Aunt Jean submitted Salmon Patties which I still make and enjoy. Love to all - Cindy

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Dick & Bernie Witbeck
Wednesday November 07, 2007
10:48:49

Sorry to hear of Jeans passing. She surely lived a full life. We will miss her greatly. Dick and Bernie Witbeck

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Nancy and Jan Prins
Wednesday November 07, 2007
14:31:06

Dear Uncle Ferris, Kris, Bonnie, Sally, Judy and Jack. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Aunt Jean was always there to support family members with a smiling face and abundant hospitality. We will all miss her, but know she is in a better place. Love, Nan and Jan

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Becky Sutherland Cornett
Sunday November 11, 2007
09:04:11

My cousin, Shannon Lindquist, sent me Mrs. Leach's newspaper obituary. I live in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Leach were friends of my late parents - Bruce and Betty Sutherland of Hillsdale, MI. I have fond memories of Mr. Leach visiting our home for dinner as I was growing up, and of visiting the Leach farm in Hersey on several occasions. My brother, Bruce Sutherland, Jr., and I were so pleased that Mr. and Mrs. Leach attended my mother's graveside service in LeRoy 10 years ago. Mr. Leach and family, please accept my sympathy and prayers as you remember a fine lady with pride. Becky Sutherland Cornett

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Norma
Monday November 12, 2007
13:32:15

Sorry to hear of Jean's passing. I knew her back when she was carrying Ferris first child. She was teaching a Home Extension Class at Marion, MI. [sewing]. A very talented lady, with a love for the subject she taught. She will be missed.

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alex finkbeiner
Thursday November 22, 2007
10:18:16

Judy: I'm more isolated than I thought. Just learned of your mother's death. Thinking of you and pray you'll find peace in your memories of her. God bless. Alex

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