Ruth Leach


Ruth Bennett Leach, 84, of Horsham, Pa., passed peacefully away on Sept. 6, 2021, after navigating Alzheimer’s disease and a brief illness.

Ruth was born on April 4, 1937, to Frederick and Sadie Bennett of Hartsville, S.C. After graduating from Hartsville High School, she attended Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C., graduating with degrees in English, history and elementary education.

After graduation, she traveled north to the Philadelphia area, where she shared her gift of teaching with countless students in the Upper Dublin School District and Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Ruth was passionate about her students and consistently offered creativity, encouragement and humor in her teaching. She desired to help her students learn the subject matter, but even more importantly their value and potential as a person.

In 1960, she married Marvin Kermit Leach and together raised three children: Karen Matteson Wright of Greenville, S.C. (David), Susan Bennett Jenkins of Harveys Lake, Pa. (Edward) and James Frederick Leach of Key Biscayne, Fla. (Valerie). Ruth loved spending time with her family, always offering unconditional love, wisdom and a helping hand.

She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Marvin, and her parents.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and their spouses, and three great-grandchildren; as well as her sister, Sara Goodson (Hartwell) of Greensboro, N.C., and her three nieces and their families.

A service to honor and celebrate Ruth’s life will be held on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Jarrettown United Methodist Church. Family visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m.

The family would like to invite all friends and family to join them in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service for a lunch reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,

Arrangements are by John R. Freed Funeral Home, Inc., Glenside, Pa.