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Leah Louise Wear

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Leah Louise Wear, 92 years of age, was born to George and Lavonna West on December 5, 1920, in Weed, California, and passed away peacefully at the residence of her daughter on October 13, 2013.

Leah is survived by four children: David Gemmell of Malott, Washington, Paul E. Cross of Grass Valley, California, Mark A. Cross of Yuba City, California, and Loretta Erickson, of Live Oak, California. She was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Leah is preceded in death by her husband Albert Wear, brother Bill West, and stepbrother Dick Colby.

Leah grew up during the depression era and was known for her canned goods, especially her pickles, impeccably clean house, good meals, knick- knack collections, and love of fine jewelry. Leah spent her early years in Ketchikan, Alaska, working in the fish cannery, as a "soda jerk", or housekeeping. Leah at one time was an incredible league bowler, traveling all over California in tournaments. Leah loved her garden, cooking and also doing ceramics over the years. At family occasions she could often be talked into doing a quick-step "Charleston", sharing family history, or cooking a delicious and plentiful meal for her children and their families. If the meals went too long, you could expect to be asked to leave early if it interfered with her TV soaps.

Leah hated to drive, mostly because she was not good at it, giving it up at an early age, relying on family or friends to get her to her favorite activity, shopping. Leah would not leave home unless she was well- dressed for any activity. She and her husband Albert looked forward each summer to traveling to her father's cabin in Olathe, Colorado for a few weeks of visiting; always mailing cards describing their many adventures. After her father's passing at 89, Leah and Albert continued to visit Olathe until they were no longer able to travel long distances.

Leah left many wonderful memories and will be missed by her family and remembered mostly for the many sacrifices she made so that they could have what she did not while growing up. Donations to children's is suggested.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2013
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