Ruth Bennett Leach, 84, of Horsham, PA, passed peacefully away on September 6, 2021, after navigating Alzheimer's Disease and a brief illness. Ruth was born on April 4, 1937, to Frederick and Sadie Bennett of Hartsville, SC. After graduating from Hartsville High School, she attended Salem College, in Winston Salem, NC, graduating with degrees in English, History and Elementary Education. After graduation, she traveled north to the Philadelphia area, where she shared her gift of teaching with countless students, in the Upper Dublin School District and Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Ruth was passionate about her students and consistently offered creativity, encouragement, and humor in her teaching. She desired to help her students learn the subject matter, but even more importantly their value and potential as a person.
In 1960, she married Marvin Kermit Leach and together raised 3 children. Karen Matteson Wright of Greenville, SC (David) , Susan Bennett Jenkins of Harveys Lake, PA (Edward) and James Frederick Leach of Key Biscayne, FL (Valerie). Ruth loved spending time with her family, always offering unconditional love, wisdom, and a helping hand. She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Marvin, and her parents. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and their spouses, and 3 great-grandchildren; as well as her sister, Sara Goodson (Hartwell) of Greensboro, NC. and her 3 nieces and their families.
A service to honor and celebrate Ruth's life was held on October 8, 2021, at Jarrettown United Methodist Church. Family visitation began at 10 am, followed by a service at 11 am. The family invited all friends and family to join them in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service for a lunch reception.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association
Arrangements by John R. Freed Funeral Home, Inc. Glenside, PA
Published by SCNow on Oct. 13, 2021.