Phyllis Jean Leach

June 2, 1940 - October 17, 2020

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Phyllis J. Leach, 80 of Catawba, passed away, Saturday, October 17, 2020 in her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born June 2, 1940 in Springfield, Ohio the daughter of the late Elva and Avenell B. (Jenkins) Munyan. Phyllis was a 1959 graduate of Springfield High School. She was an active member for over 57 years with the Country Church of Catawba. She was employed for 18 years with Cornnuts in Urbana. She enjoyed farming with her husband, Joe on the family farm. Phyllis was a loyal Republican supporter and loved a good debate. She was an avid historian; her newspaper collection pertaining to current events from 1950 to present time are now part of the Northeastern High School library and she would also assemble picture books for her family to treasure. She loved to garden, can, bake and was a 4-H leader for many years. She spent countless hours assembling care packages to send to Afghanistan for the precious US soldiers. Her greatest joy was her children and attending their countless activities, as she was always on the front row.

She is survived by her children, Jennifer (Don) Donelson, Jeff (Sherrie) Leach and Rebecca (John) Moyer; her grandchildren, Kaysie (Avery) Salvito, Kelsie Leach, Justin Leach, Maile Moyer, Mitchell Moyer, Joseph Moyer, Bobbi Jo Ray (Aaron Hopping), Jennifer Patton (Alan Wiles), Denise Ray (Justin Hutton), Lindsey Donelson (Steffen Jewel), and Lainey Donelson; her great grandchildren, Kaylee Wiles, Jadyn Morton, Bronson Wiles, Dava Wiles, GraceLynn Hutton, Madyson Hutton, Justin Wade Hutton Jr., Jayda Jewell, Jonah Jewell and Juni Gillam; sister, Dee Watson as well as several nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to express their gratitude for the loving care given to their mother by Penny Huffman and her family.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph F. "Joe" Leach; her brothers, Jack Porter, Roger and Wayne Munyan and sisters, Norita Grube and Sharon Parker.

Due to the restrictions of the Covid-19, we will be following the guidelines set by Governor DeWine's office. The use of face masks is required.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in the SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in the Country Church of Catawba, 101 South Champaign Street, Catawba, Ohio 43010 with Rev. Glenn McIntosh officiating.

Burial will follow McConkey Cemetery, Catawba, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Via Quest Hospice, 171 Morey Dr suite b, Marysville, OH 43040.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Jenny McIntosh - Oct 21, 2020
My deepest condolences for the family and loved ones. Phyllis was a very sweet lady and she will be sorely missed.
Steve Latham and Family - Oct 20, 2020
God received a good one. I have known Phyllis for a long time and i have to say that she was one of the nicest, sweetest, most caring people i have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will never forget that voice, you could tell how sweet she was by her voice. Whenever i seen her she always had encouraging words and ill always remember what she said when we left her house "Be good to your mom". Thank you Phyllis, those are the best words of advice anyone has ever given me! I bet your making God a batch of those amazing iced oatmeal cookies right now. May God bless the Leach family their heartache and grief. You will be missed by so many. Love, Steve and family
Brian, Amy Latham & family - Oct 19, 2020
Dear Jeff, Jennifer, Becky & family: So sorry for your loss. Phyllis was one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. From mom taking me to there house & riding horses & seeing all the animals. I will also remember Phyllis helping out at our wedding reception with the food & other things. Words seem so small right now but please accept my family’s sincere condolences. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,-John 11:25. May God be with you in your time of need.
Joan Latham - Oct 19, 2020
I worked with Phyllis at Cornnuts for 18 years. We had fun times together. She was my best friend.My youngest son loved her oatmeal cookies she made at Christmas time.Went to dinner together plenty of times. Everyone at Cornnuts loved her home made noodles. She was like a sister. Love ya. You will be missed.
Shawn, Lisa and Cameron Adkins - Oct 19, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Phyllis. Please know that you are close in thought and prayer. God Bless.

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