LEACH, Verla Fern ( nee Hopkins)
Verla passed away on August 10, 2012 from Alzheimer’s after spending 12½ years at Parkview Home in Stouffville, Ontario. Her family sincerely appreciates all of the care and compassion shown to Verla by the dedicated staff and volunteers of Parkview’s Oak Ridge wing.
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. She attended Mount Royal College in Calgary and graduated from Vernon High School.
Verla graduated from Teacher’s College in Vancouver and began her teaching career in a one-room school in Canim Lake. Later she taught in Hope in the Fraser Valley where she met Bill (Willard) Leach, a constable in the RCMP, in 1950.
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. 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. Verla taught Art, Music and English in Markham and then left teaching to develop her hobbies, opening “Thursday’s Child Antiques” in Markham and later in Unionville.
Verla loved people. Her specialty was bringing them together – 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. Verla had many other hobbies, including reading, baking, painting, and music.
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.
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.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Oak Ridge wing of Parkview Home in Stouffville would be appreciated. http://www.parkviewhome.ca/