Leah accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of 10 and was baptized by her daddy in a creek during the cold month of December.
She married her sweetheart, John J. Postlewaite, on September 21, 1948 at the home of Rev. Homer B. Smith near Mountain Grove. To this union four children were born: Joseph LaVerne, Mary Susan, Samuel Jon, and Leah Ruth. Throughout the next 53 years John and Leah ministered together in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Illinois. As a faithful pastor’s wife, Leah also helped her husband plant seven churches in the states of Washington and Oregon under the direction of Free Will Baptist Home Missions. In their retirement years, they enjoyed serving the Senior Citizens Ministry at First Free Will Baptist Church in Mountain Grove.
Leah was much more than a faithful and caring pastor’s wife. She was employed by a large insurance company in Portland, Oregon, and the University Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She picked apples, cherries, strawberries and other fruits in Washington and Oregon. A talented singer and pianist, Leah was also skilled in sewing and crafts. Above all, Leah will be remembered for her love and devotion to her Lord, husband, children, family, and countless friends. Even in her later years, Leah fondly recalled names and memories from all the places she had lived and served. Only eternity will reveal how many lives were touched and influenced for Jesus because of the life of Leah Mae Postlewaite.
In addition to her parents and two infant brothers, Leah was preceded in death by John, her loving husband of 64 years; two brothers, Rev. Adam Scott and Rev. Ben Scott; and four sisters, Ina Edwards, Agnes Smith, Bessie Vandivort, and Mary Halliburton.
Leah is survived by one sister, Daisy Lindsey (age 97) of Cabool, Missouri; four children, Joe Postlewaite and wife Pauline of Florence, South Carolina, Sue Larson and husband Earl of Brentwood, Tennessee, Sam Postlewaite and wife Diana of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Ruth McDonald and husband Donnie of Tokyo, Japan; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Gateway Free Will Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Local visitation for Mrs. Postlewaite was held Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Graveside services followed the visitation at Hillcrest Cemetery, Mountain Grove, with Rev. Gary Fry and Joe Postlewaite officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Free Will Baptist International Missions or Houston Hurricane Relief Fund c/o the funeral home.