HUTCHINSON —Jane Louise (Riddell) Leach, 97, died Aug. 27, 2018, at Wesley Towers, Thorne Care Center, Hutchinson.
She was born July 16, 1921, in rural McPherson County, the daughter of Hugh Calvin and Mayme Anna (Gatz) Riddell.
Jane graduated McPherson High School. She then attended Kansas State University from which she graduated in 1943 with a degree in Home Economics.
Jane was a proud member of the Tri Delta Sorority.
Jane taught Home Economics in Inman, Kansas, until 1950. Her family then moved to Arlington. She was a proud homemaker, raising three daughters, and working on the farm. Jane was civically active with a strong interest in the development of young women. She was involved with the Girls Scout Wheat Belt Area Council for 25 years, serving on the board of directors.
Jane was a member of the Ninnescah Culture Club.
In addition, she and John revived a weekly newspaper, the ‘Arlington Enterprise’, which they managed and edited together.
In retirement, Jane enjoyed sewing and knitting, traveling, and seemed the happiest when feeding her children, their husbands, and her grandchildren. She was proud of her regular donation of blood through the American Red Cross.
She married John Henry Leach in Hammond, Louisiana on Dec. 24, 1943. He preceded her in death.
Jane is survived by: daughters, Janet Ralston (Mel) of Hutchinson, Joneen Singleton (Jack) of Abingdon, Virginia, Jean Ramsey (Hap) of Sterling; sister-in-law, Imogene Leach; grandchildren, Jennifer Reeves, Matthew Ramsey (Jana), Paula Nichols (Billy), Josie Aaron (Tim), Alex Singleton (Kellie), Joseph Ramsey (Casey Gervais), John Singleton (Candy); and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; two brothers, Marvin (Bus) and Paul Riddell; and sister, Gladys Polson.
Private family graveside service will be held in McPherson City Cemetery.
Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Elliott Mortuary. The family will greet friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at Elliott Mortuary.
The casket will remain closed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Hutchinson Community College Endowment Association, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, Kansas, 67501.