Leah Kathleen Broyles, daughter of Thomas and Nina (Roundtree) Rutherford, was born May 27, 1960 at the home of her parents in What Cheer, Iowa. She resided in Iowa until 1980 and then moved to Cabool, Missouri.
Leah married Bobby Edward Broyles, son of Freddy and Elizabeth Broyles, February 14, 1982 in a private ceremony at the home of her parents.
After marriage, Leah and Bobby lived in Mountain Grove, Missouri, for a few years before relocating to Cabool. Together they raised twins, Daniel Broyles and Denise Strong.
Leah worked at a few different restaurants as a cook, and then began babysitting in her home. Leah loved her work as a caregiver for children. She stayed involved in many of their lives as they became adults. Leah had an unconditional love of children, but the absolute delights of her life were her two grandchildren, Hailey and Andy Strong. In practically every conversation Leah had with her family and friends she spoke fondly of her grandchildren.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She loved quilting and crafting and was very involved in the Mt. Pisgah Ladies’ Aid. She was always working on some type of rug, scratcher, towel or quilt. Leah was always talking about making her deadline for the Ladies’ Aid fundraisers.
Leah passed away Thursday morning, November 14, 2013, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri.
She is survived by her children; grandchildren; two sisters, Rosy (Melvin) Fry and Jenny (Kelly) McDowell, both of Eddyville, Iowa; a brother-in-law: Richard Broyles of Cabool; three sisters-in-law, Alice Crocker, Mary Mainus and Marie Palkawitsh; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Leah was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a sister, Linda Jones McKee; two brothers-in-law, Dallas Hill and Joe Broyles; and a sister-in-law, Dorthea Jacobson.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Cabool Christian Church, 620 Pine Street, Cabool. Burial will be at Green Mountain Cemetery, north of Mountain Grove on Highway 95. Pastor Lawrence Dicharry will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pisgah Ladies’ Aid by contacting Pastor David Carroll at 417-962-3021.