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Obituary: Leitch, Genevieve Doughty

Fri., April 26, 2013

Age 95

LEITCH, Genevieve Doughty Genevieve was born February 12, 1918 to George William and Margaret Jane (Sanderson) Doughty in Spokane, Washington.

She died on April 15, 2013, in Olympia, Washington.

She graduated from Spokane’s North Central High School in 1935.

She was employed by John W. Graham Co. from 1935-1936, then she attended Washington State College (Pullman) in 1936 and graduated in 1940 with a business degree.

She was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Following graduation she worked for the Bursar’s Office at WSC; Pendleton Public Schools, Pendleton, Oregon; Farm Security Administration, Portland, Oregon; and the War Department at Fort George Wright in Spokane.

In December, 1941, she married Robert W. Leitch of Yakima, Washington.

When he returned from the Pacific Theater, World War II, in 1945 they moved to Olympia.

Two of their children, Robert Douglas and Katherine Jean were born in Olympia.

In 1950 the family moved to Winlock, Washington where they opened Winlock Rexall Drugs.

After their divorce in 1971 she moved to Olympia and was employed by the State of Washington, Superintendent of Public Schools, Vocational Education until 1981 when she retired.

She contributed to her community by volunteering for the YWCA, American Red Cross, Senior Center, and Tourism.

Her hobbies included bowling, golf, dancing, reading, gardening and her grandchildren.

She traveled to Europe, including England, to visit her mother’s birthplace.

She is survived by her son, Doug Leitch (Tammi Erickson); her daughter, Kathy (Bob Delaney); her sister, Ethel (Bill Chinault) in Spokane; her grandchildren, Chris Stewart, Genny Rose Leitch, Lauren Delaney, Mackenzie Delaney, Kelli Delaney Emans (Todd); her great granddaughter, Dylan, known to Grandma Genevieve as “little blue eyes”; her sister-in-law, Luann Doughty; her brother-in-law, Bernie Coolbaugh; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Dennis Michael; her brother, George; her sisters, Maisie, Flora, Georgina, Gloria; and her grandson, Joshua Erickson.

Her home care workers made it possible for her to achieve her dream of living at home.

Janet Barclay, Rabeckah Woodcock, Billie Williams, and Lydia Jones provided the assistance she needed and treated her with concern, kindness, dignity and respect.

We will miss our mother and grandmother and her unconditional love and support.

We were very lucky that we lived nearby and were able to share her long life.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Catholic Community Services Long Term Care at 129 Decatur St. NW, Olympia, WA 98502.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Fairmount Cemetery, 5200 W. Wellesley Ave. in Spokane, WA.

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Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, 360-753-1065.


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