March 4, 2004

(2/21/1910 - 2/29/2004)

Flossie May Leach, age 94, of Kahoka, MO, passed away February 29, 2004 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.

She was born February 21, 1910 in Scotland County, MO, a daughter of William and Effie Jane Phillips Mattocks. Her mother passed away when Flossie was just two-years-old and she was raised by her father and step mother, Flo Mattocks.

On February 5, 1925 she was united in marriage to Floyd H. Leach in Kahoka. He preceded her in death on May 20, 1971.

Survivors include a son, Delmer Leach and his wife, Gerry, of Mesa, AZ; seven grandchildren: Mrs. Chris (Delma) Smith of Kahoka, MO, Mrs. Jeryl (Denise) Stone of Memphis, MO, Donn Treece and his wife, Korena, of Thornton, CO, Jeffrey Leach and his wife, Karen, of Social Circle, GA, William “Buddy” Leach and his wife, June, of St. Louis, MO, Newton Leach and his wife, Mary, of Evans, GA, and Kim Roybal of Yakima, WA; twenty great-grandchildren: Sara, Shawn, Trisha and Jeffrey Leach, all of Social Circle, GA, Katie, Will and Samuel Leach of St. Louis, MO, Sarah Scott and her husband, Steve, of Evans, GA, Micah and Rachel Leach of Evans, GA, Justin and Joel Roybal of Yakima, WA, Scott Yates and his wife, Lauren, of Howard Lake, MN, Toni Yates of Memphis, MO, Tabitha and Justin Bartels of Kahoka, MO, Kaitlyn and Donn (Jr.) Treece, of Thornton, CO, Jaime Smith of Champaign, IL and Ashley Smith of Pontoosuc, IL; three great-great-grandchildren, Anna Scott of Evans, GA, Kendra Yates of Memphis, MO and Luke of Kahoka, MO; nephews including, Everett Boice and Billy Ray Mattocks; one niece, Sherry Ann Tibbs; as well as other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents and step-mother; her husband; one son, William Leach and his wife, Maxine; two daughters, Betty Lou Leach, and Donna M. Treece and her husband, Don; three brothers, Jimmie, Charles, and Thomas “Eddie” Mattocks; a step-brother, Wallace Watson; two sisters, Ada Roberts and Jessie Bourgeois; and four grandchildren, Faith and Charity Adams, and Lewin Dee and Penny Leach.

Flossie was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Kahoka and for many years had been in charge of the flowers decorating the sanctuary. She was a member and past Worthy Matron of Kahoka Chapter # 40, O.E.S. She had spent many hours as a volunteer for the Salvation Army in Clark County.

An accomplished seamstress, Flossie had provided clothing and alterations for many people in the area. She loved growing flowers and collecting seeds and “starts” whenever she traveled and also from friends and family. African violets did especially well under her loving care. In later years, she had started collecting teddy bears. She also loved music and in earlier days she and Floyd had loved to dance and had even won dance competitions. Her main love was her children and grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 3, 2004 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Gary Payne officiating. Mrs. Iris Phillips was pianist and Mr. David Otte, soloist. Pallbearers were Jerry Hays, Robert Huffman, Dwight Snead, Gene Phillips, Clifford Gares and Buddy Kattelmann. Burial was in Kahoka Cemetery. Eastern Star Services were conducted. Memorials were suggested to the Clark County Nursing Home.

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