Marcella Leatherman

May 3, 1930 - June 6, 2020
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Marcella Whitley Leatherman, age 90, passed peacefully in her sleep Saturday, June 6, 2020. She was diagnosed recently with Interstitial Fibrosis and under Hospice care while residing at home with her son and “daughter” in-law at Smith Mountain Lake, Hardy, Virginia.

Born in Hendricks, Kentucky May 3, 1930, Marc…

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Marcella Whitley Leatherman, age 90, passed peacefully in her sleep Saturday, June 6, 2020. She was diagnosed recently with Interstitial Fibrosis and under Hospice care while residing at home with her son and “daughter” in-law at Smith Mountain Lake, Hardy, Virginia.

Born in Hendricks, Kentucky May 3, 1930, Marcella was the daughter of the late Wil Tom and Mary “Risner” Whitley.

As a child, Marcella attended school in Magoffin County, Ky. Her family grew tobacco and Marcella was known to be one of the best “graders” around. She moved to Ohio in her teens where she met and married her husband, George Washington Leatherman. They were married July 2, 1949. Together they had one son, Gary.

Marcella retired from East Sparta Ceramic Tile after 37 years of employment. She also enjoyed gardening and canning, growing flowers, making quilts, dolls and clothing. She loved to cook and bake bread and leaves a legacy of hand written recipes to her “daughter” Debbie.

When her husband passed in 1996, she moved to Virginia living closer to her son and “daughter”. She attended Bethlehem Methodist Church. She was visited often by her loving nieces, nephews and families from Ohio and Kentucky. She cherished their visits and time spent on pontoon rides sharing family stories. A memory she never failed to share was the cruise she and George made to the Bahamas. Marcella was the most compassionate, kind and caring person and those that were fortunate enough to know her, loved her.

Marcella leaves behind her loving son, Gary and wife, Deborah; a sister, Pauline Gasparac of Shelby, Ohio. She held special affection for her niece Mary Ann Jennings, whom she considered a sister and neighbor, Bonna Williamson, whom she thought of as a granddaughter. Numerous other special nieces, nephews and family members also survive.
In addition to her parents, she joins her husband George W. Leatherman in heaven and her three sisters and four brothers who preceded her in death.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the family will hold private graveside services in the East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia.

A special thank you to Amedisys Hospice and nurse Terri, along with personal needs assistant, Jessica.

Instead of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to your local Hospice in her honor. We cannot thank them enough for the support given during Marcella’s illness.



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1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: May 3, 1930
August 1, 2000
Playing music at Marcella’s house
Playing music at Marcella’s house
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July 9, 2005
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September 10, 2005
Family Vacation with Marcella
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March 6, 2020
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Died: June 6, 2020

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Larna Montgomery posted on 6/12/20

My Aunt Marcella was a wonderful elegant , gracious, humble lady , we enjoyed loved every time she came to visit when we was younger she always fixed delicious homemade from scratch Spaghetti and Meatballs, she taught me wonderful things , very sweet and kind I look up and admire her, she my mommy older sister, she with her husband and family now in Heaven I will miss you always love you Marcella , and my heart goes out to her son Gary and daughter in law Deborah and her last sibling her sister Pauline May God through Jesus Christ Name comforts you all ??


Fran and Brad ("Butch") Koch posted on 6/12/20

Even though we did not get to know Marcella well, we were struck by her kindness and warmth the very first time we met her. She emitted a bright light and it was immediately obvious to us what a special person she was.


Sandy Gasparac & Family posted on 6/11/20

Gary & Deb,,Sending our Condolence's for My Sister & Our Aunt.Remembering George & Marcella's visits when we lived in Rome was always special,She would always surprise us kids with one of her yummy dessert's.Always kind and loving toward us.I bet you guys have a lot of wonderful memories to lean on when your feeling down.Sending Love & Prayers and Asking God to Give You Comfort. Claude & Pauline Sandy Darlene Ronnie & Linda.


Marie Schoepke posted on 6/11/20

Sorry to hear about your Mom.


Joe Mollo posted on 6/11/20

Gary and Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear about Marcella. Will say some extra prayers for her and you guys as well. I lost my mom right before I was to deploy to the middle east and found the memories of all the good times we had together as a family to be a good source of comfort. Remember all of the great times you had with her. And if there is anything I can do, let me know.


Steve Spurlock posted on 6/11/20

Very Sorry for your loss. Having just went through this a month ago with the loss of my mother, I certainly can appreciate your pain. All the VERY BEST to you guys, and may GOD Bless.


Fran and Brad ("Butch") Koch posted on 6/11/20

Gary, Debbie, and your entire family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We hope your memories and love will provide you strength and ease the pain of your loss. .


Audrey Helton posted on 6/10/20

With a sad heart I know that time will not heal our hearts. We will always see her as a beautiful lady inside and out. We can only do as she would do. She loved us and taught many things to us.She is in heaven among her love ones. We will pray for Gary and Debbie. Who are left with a sad heart.We love you both and just call if you need us.


Shirley Montgomery Helton posted on 6/9/20

I offer my sincere condolences to Gary and Debbie Leatherman. I will always sharish her memorys with us.. Love you all and if all need anything just let me know..


Ray and Nancy posted on 6/9/20

Marcella was one of the sweetest people I could ever have known. She will surely be missed by all her friends and family.


Tammy. Shepherd posted on 6/9/20

Sorry for your loss Debbie & Gary. God got a special angel today! I miss & love you Aunt Marcella! You was a special lady here who will be deeply missed! Hug our loved ones for me. I am here for you Debbie if you need anything. Give me a call! Love you both!


Mary Jennings posted on 6/9/20

I love my aunt Marcella so much..She always showed my family and me so much love..I have so many memories visiting with her..She would show me the beautiful quilts and the clothes she made..And she loved her flowers..I got my love of flowers from her..A wonderful cook..I admired her so much..I can’t express how much I loved her..I will miss our phone calls..I know she is in Heaven free of pain ..Heaven has a Special ANGEL.I LOVE YOU??


Selina Mullins posted on 6/9/20

My Great Aunt Marcella was an amazing Lady! I Loved her like a grandmother. I will forever cherish the memories that I have made with her while visiting and staying with her on my clinical rotation. She taught me new ideas with gardening and cooking. Kellen adored her too and says she’s in heaven, a nice place to be. Sending love and prayers to Gary and Debbie.


Frankie Robinson posted on 6/8/20

Gary and Deb: I’m so sorry to hear of Marcella’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with her while she lived in our area. May the lord give you strength during this sad time! Frankie Dunn Robinson