Obituary published November 4, 2013 in The Mexico ledger
Janice Ann Leach, 66, of Centralia, Mo. entered into rest Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at her home.
Janice was born June 2, 1947 in Mexico, Mo., the daughter of Bryan and Augusta (Tochterman) Gruber.
On Dec. 3, 1967 she was married in Montgomery City to George Leach and he survives.
Other survivors include five children, Shelly (Kyle) Belvill, Castle Rock, Colo.; Stephanie (Keith) Smith, Tonya (Fred) Rinehart, all of Springfield; Dustin (Kim) Leach, Leawood, Kan. and Zachery (Kim) Leach, Chillicothe; six grandchildren, Luc Belvill, Sam Rinehart, Max Rinehart, Porter Leach, Grayson Leach and Kellison Leach; two brothers, Bryan Gruber, Jr., Mexico and Randy Gruber, Lake St. Louis.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Janice was a graduate of Montgomery City High School; studied and trained to become a licensed practical nurse and served at Audrain Medical Hospital, Mexico. Later she was a cook at Centralia High School.
Family Tribute "Janice was full of love and laughter and enjoyed everything life brought. She loved all things, Christmas, baking, crafting and Zumba. She loved going to Nascar races with her sweetie and "cutting a rug" to the Krazy Kats. But above all else she loved traveling to spend time with her precious children and grandchildren. She fought cancer with the same spirit and strength that she approached life. She remained upbeat and positive throughout her fight. She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to meet her."
Funeral services were held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Centralia, with Rev. Clyde Chiles, Senior Adult Minister and Rev. Michael Cooper, pastor, First Baptist Church, Centralia, officiating. Interment was at Centralia Cemetery, Centralia. Visitation was held Sunday evening, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fenton Funeral Chapel.
The family suggests memorials to Martha C. Kinnecom Peritoneal Cancer Foundation, Inc., 52 Hemlock Street, Arlington, MA 02474.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Davenport, Kenny Teel, Matt Stephens, Gary Keith, Ralph McDaniel and Charlie Leach.
Pallbearers will be John Malloy, Steve Gordon, Mike Forsee, Greg Davenport, Steve Davenport, Denny Rusch and Jerry Cox.