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Sara Josephine Leech

August 14, 1941 ~ October 18, 2021 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Sara Josephine Leech, age 80 of Elliston went to be with the Lord October 18, 2021. Sara passed away at Carrington Place.

She was preceded in passing by her parents, James Joshua Short and Murrelle Short; husband, William “Wayne” Leech; son, James Robert “Pyro” Leech; son-in-law, William B. Carneal, Jr. “Bobby;” brother, Paul Wayne Thomas; baby brother, Ralph; and baby sister, Sharon. Sara is survived by her mother, Clara Ferguson; three sisters: Louise, Ellen, and Diane; three brothers: Dennis, Danny, and Donnie. Sara was beloved wife to Wayne Leech; beloved mama to Sara Jacqueline Carneal, Sandra Renee Jones; son, William Wayne Leech, Jr.; daughters-in-law: Crystal Leech and Christie Leech; son-in-law, Ronnie Jones. Sara is a beloved Nana to Ronald “Alijah” Everson, Maddie Carneal, Joey Leech, Joshua Leech, Christopher and Matthew Jones, Corey and Hue Everson, Logan, Ryan, Nevaeh, and Sydney; great-grandchildren: Jayden Gehmie, Josiah Wilkerson, Virginia, Sadie, Brixton, Hudson, and Thornton Leech, Katielynn, Annalee, and Lillian James. Additionally, the family would like to extend a special thanks to Johnny Burrell for the exception care and comfort he gave to Sara.

Sara grew up in Vinton. She was an amazing seamstress and during her career, she worked at Kenrose, Oak Hall Cap and Gown, and RJ Whitaker Manufacturing where she held the position of “Head Floor Lady and Time Study.” Sara also worked as a nurse at Friendship Manor and Lewis Gale Medical Center in addition to private nursing.

Sara was a devoted loving daughter, wife, Mama, and Nana. She was and exceptional seamstress and cook. When it came to sewing, she could make just about anything: from dresses to tops, shorts, Trico lingerie, jackets, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, and satin pillows. Sara and Wayne loved nature and were avid campers and dog lovers.

Sara touched the hearts of those who knew her and will be sadly missed by her beloved family and friends. She will forever remain in our hearts.

A celebration of Sara's life will be 12:00 Noon, Friday October 22 at Rader Funeral Home, 360 Roanoke Road Daleville with Pastor David Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday for one hour prior to the service. Due to ongoing concerns with the COVID pandemic, everyone is asked to wear a face covering while attending.

Online condolences may be made as well as the live stream of Sara's service may be found at

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October 22, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Rader Funeral Home
630 Roanoke Rd.
Daleville, VA 24083

October 22, 2021

12:00 PM
Rader Funeral Home
630 Roanoke Rd.
Daleville, VA 24083


Mountain View Cemetery
1401 Mountain View Road
Vinton, VA 24179


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