Ruth Charlotte Leachman (September 14, 1922 – April 8, 2011)

Ruth Charlotte Leachman entered into rest at La Hacienda Nursing Care in Green Valley, AZ on April 8, 2011. Ruth was born on September 14, 1922 as the youngest daughter of Howard and Anna Arnold of Frazeysburg, Ohio. After her graduation from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, Ruth married her high school sweetheart, Lester Leachman of Adamsville, Ohio on June 9, 1946. The loving couple both from humble farm families built a very successful Purebred Angus Cattle breeding business, which started in the Hudson River Valley of New York and later continued in the beautiful Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, MT. Over the years, Ruth and Lester hosted thousands of visitors and buyers from all over the world who came to inspect and purchase their outstanding breeding stock. Not only was the couple known for their famous cattle but they are long remembered for their world-class hospitality. Most people who knew them could not think of one without thinking of the other.

Her parents, her loving husband of over sixty years, Lester and her brother, William Arnold of Frazeysburg, Ohio, preceded Ruth in death. Ruth is survived by her older sister Doris Jones of Zanesville, OH, her two sons Bill Leachman (wife Mary) of Davis, CA and Jay Leachman (wife Cheryl) of Bozeman, MT, four grandchildren Tara Leachman Stapleton (husband Tracy) of Davis, CA, Joshua Leachman (wife Daphne) of Sacramento, CA, Eric Leachman (wife Marlo) of Toston, MT, Adam Leachman (wife Jen) of Billings, MT and four great grandchildren Connor and Colby Stapleton of Davis, CA and Abby and Wade Leachman from Toston, MT. Jay, Cheryl, Eric, and Marlo Leachman continue the family tradition and legacy of raising highly sought purebred Angus cattle at their Toston, MT ranch. Ruth also leaves behind numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.

A Memorial Service for family, friends, and staff was held at La Hacienda on April 13, 2011. A Graveside Memorial Service is planned for family later this summer at the New Hope Cemetery near Adamsville, OH. Gifts may be sent to The Lester and Ruth Leachman Memorial at La Hacienda, La Posada Healthcare, 700 S La Posada Circle, Green Valley, AZ 85614

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