SANCHEZ, LEOMA "LEE" New Ulm, NM - Leoma "Lee" Sanchez, 84, of New Ulm died Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2012, at the Oakwood United Methodist Church in New Ulm with Pastor Ric Jacobsen officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Monday. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for the family go to www.mvfh.org. Leoma Grace Duff, the daughter of Harry and Odessa (Craven) Duff was born on July 26, 1928 in Bemidji. On July 19, 1955, Lee was united in marriage to Victor Sanchez in Westwood, California. She had worked as a welder in a ship yard in Portland, Oregon during WWII. Leoma ran a day care business out of her home for many years but her love in life was being a housewife and mother. While married they lived in various places around the country and in 1984, after the death of her husband, she moved back to New Ulm, living here the rest of her life. Lee was a member of the Oakwood United Methodist Church and the VFW auxiliary. Leoma is survived by her children, Gayla (Tony) Robles of Crest, California; Alberto Sanchez of Wanache, Washington, Kim (Delmy) Sanchez of Oceanside, California, Rodney (Karen) Sanchez of New Ulm and Tracy Sanchez (Carmen Hennessey) of Glencoe; grandchildren, Jeremy, Josh, Andrew, Ariel, Aurora, Brian, Victoria, Danny, Stephen, Julian, Isabell, Nicholas, Seryne, Hollie, Dereck, Cory, Brandon, Bethany, Dustin, Moira, Heidi, and Heather, by twelve great-grandchildren, and by a sister-in-law, Doris Duff of Klamath Falls, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Victor; a daughter, Marialena "Bunny" and a son, Victor "Vicky". She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. www.mvfh.org

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 2, 2012