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Verla Leach
October 22, 1931 - August 10, 2012
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<div itemprop="description"> <p> <b> LEACH, Verla Fern ( </b> <b> nee Hopkins) </b> </p> <p> </p> <p> Verla passed away on August 10, 2012 from Alzheimer&rsquo;s after spending 12&frac12; years at Parkview Home in Stouffville, Ontario.&nbsp; Her family sincerely appreciates all of the care and compassion shown to Verla by the dedicated staff and volunteers of Parkview&rsquo;s Oak Ridge wing. </p> <p> &nbsp;Born in Vancouver, BC on October 22, 1931, Verla grew up the only child of Charles and Martha Hopkins in Glacier and later in Vernon, BC.&nbsp; She attended Mount Royal College in Calgary and graduated from Vernon High School. </p> <p> &nbsp;Verla graduated from Teacher&rsquo;s College in Vancouver and began her teaching career in a one-room school in Canim Lake.&nbsp; Later she taught in Hope in the Fraser Valley where she met Bill (Willard) Leach, a constable in the RCMP, in 1950. </p> <p> &nbsp;In 1951, Verla and Bill married in Vancouver, where their children were born. They moved to Toronto in 1964 and from there to a new home that they built in Pickering Township, just east of Markham, in 1967.&nbsp; Moving to the country introduced Verla to antique auctions and gardening, two of her favourite pastimes, and allowed her to indulge in her life-long love of animals.&nbsp; Verla taught Art, Music and English in Markham and then left teaching to develop her hobbies, opening &ldquo;Thursday&rsquo;s Child Antiques&rdquo; in Markham and later in Unionville. </p> <p> &nbsp;Verla loved people.&nbsp; Her specialty was bringing them together &ndash; planning, organizing and hosting many wonderful and memorable parties and reunions with family, friends and co-workers. She delighted in making the holidays special, decorating the house, preparing wonderful meals.&nbsp; Verla had many other hobbies, including reading, baking, painting, and music. </p> <p> &nbsp;Verla is sorely missed by her husband, Bill, her children, Valerie (Jean-Michel), Kevin (Sonya) and Randy (Karen) and her grandchildren, Kevin Jr., Connor, Michael and Maura. </p> <p> &nbsp;A memorial service and celebration will be held at a date yet to be determined. In keeping with her wishes, Verla will return to the mountains of her beloved British Columbia. </p> <p> &nbsp;In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Oak Ridge wing of Parkview Home in Stouffville would be appreciated. </p> <p> </p> </div>