Leah Rochelle Dennis Spears

Leah Rochelle Dennis Spears MIDLAND-Leah Rochelle Dennis Spears was born on Oct. 24, 1956, in Lamesa, Texas. She passed away from this world in Midland, Texas, and entered the next on Nov. 27, 2012. Leah is survived by her daughter, Kelsey Le'ann Spears Seger; son-in-law, Andy Seger; and her granddaughter, Mary Evangeline Evie Seger of Lubbock, Texas. She is also survived by her mother, Lola Faye Madison Dennis of Lamesa, Texas; her sister and brother-in-law, Nita and Steve Dopson of Lamesa, Texas, and their daughter, Heather Dopson of Tempe, Ariz.; and her sister, Sheila Bennett of Welch, Texas, and her children, Chandra and Chris Cody of Sheridan, Wyo., and Brant Bennett of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by her loyal and loving dog, Ruby. Leah was preceded in death by her father, Juttie Wayne Dennis, who eagerly awaited her arrival, along with countless other family and friends in Heaven. Leah attended high school at Klondike High School with many friends and played basketball as a guard. Together, their team went to the state championship level all four years and won with many thanks to Leah's tough-as-nails attitude and brightly colored fingernails. She was highly decorated for her efforts on the basketball court and remained friends with her teammates for many years. Leah's independent streak continued as she pursued accounting classes during the night at Midland College while also providing for her and her daughter by working in the challenging oil and gas industry for a number of colorful operators. She survived being a single parent in Midland in the 1980s, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. Indeed, each occupation gave her the skills and opportunity to shine as a bright and intelligent business woman. She worked her way from one-girl operated offices to helping design oil and gas accounting software and selling said software in the very industry where she evolved. She gained as many friends as she did clients along the way, and was blessed by the kindred souls she met on the journey. Leah's creative efforts included her love of calligraphy, roses, cooking and bar-b-que, and later moved into the realm of photography, where she traveled the world to pursue this passion. Leah was an amazing friend, daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. She prided herself on her ability to handle any situation, straightforward manner of speaking, and inability to stand for any injustice or stupidity. Her service will be held in Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland, Texas, on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress in casual and colorful attire to celebrate Leah's life. In lieu of flowers, and in the knowledge of her great love of animals, Leah's wishes are for donations to be sent to the Midland Humane Coalition, PO Box 4040, Midland, TX 79704. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 30, 2012