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Dorothy M Leach
02/16/1938 — 02/02/2022
From Kennewick , WA | Born in Colbrook, NH
Dorothy M Leach
Dorothy “Dottie” May Leach was an incredible wife, mother, friend, and an active member of her community. She peacefully said her goodbye on February 2, 2022 at age 83.
Dottie entered this world on February 16, 1938 in the small town of Colbrook, NH. Born to parents Francis and Ethel Dufour, she grew up with her brothers Francis, Bill, and her beloved sister Elaine. Her Eastern New England accent was most recognizable by her words ending in “ah” rather than “r” – and those sweet sounds stayed with both her and her husband throughout their many adventures cross country and even overseas to Italy. Hearing her stories was always a treat but felt more special, heard amongst west coasters – as she had spent the last 30 years of her life residing in Richland, WA.
Immediately after graduating high school in 1956, she married the love of her life, Navy man Richard “Dick” Leach, and they began a journey of a lifetime. Their travels brought them lifelong friends and countless memories. Together they had three children. Survived by Richard Leach Jr. (predeceased), Julianne Gross, and Timothy Leach. Grandmother of four – Brady, Emily, Rebecka, and Ryder. Dottie was very close with them all and shared in so many happy and hard times together.
A duo remembered for their many talents and connections, “Dick and Dottie” spent their later years sharing their skills with the world. Dick with his woodworking and Dottie with her feel-good knitted creations and unforgettable home-baked goods. A large part of her time in the Tri-Cities was spent volunteering at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. For over 25 years she served as a volunteer in the nursery and the ICU, was Auxiliary president for two terms, and was also a member of the Foundation Board.
For the last six months of her life, she was loved and taken great care of by the amazing staff at Cherry Creek Adult Family Home in Kennewick, WA. There was not a moment she was in pain or alone. A funeral service will not be held at this time. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Her family and friends want to express gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support.
Dottie will be remembered for her infectious laugh, smile and ability to always see the good in people and the world around her. Her family and friends will fondly remember her insightful advice, blunt tact and timeless adages. She will be missed by many and never forgotten.
What a wonderful lady she was. Glad I had the pleasure to meet her. Thinking of you Julie and your family.