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Deborah Ann Leach, "Debbie," was born on September 6th, 1949. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on her birthday, the morning of September 6th, 2023.
She was just 74 years old. She began life in Great Falls, Montana, born to Patricio and Beatrice (Larrow) Leger, she was an only child. As an Air Force family, they moved often in her early years. At the age of eight, the family settled in Napa, and she was privileged to live here for the remainder of her life. She attended Dee T. Davis Elementary, Redwood Junior High and Napa High School. She graduated with her high school diploma in 1967.
Debbie met the love of her life, Bill Leach, when she was just a teen. They were married on October 28th, 1967 at St Apollinaris Catholic Church in Napa. Although Debbie's mother had passed away before the wedding, her father was with her until 1986, and she always called Bill's parents, mom and dad. Debbie and Bill had three children early in their marriage, Jenni, Kendra and Dylan. They married young and with consistent love and commitment, they enjoyed 52+ years of marriage before Bill's passing in 2020. Throughout her compelling life, Debbie's dedication and devotion to her parents and in-laws, her husband, her children, and her grandchildren, was always the core of her focus. Debbie always said, time spent with her family was what made her heart the happiest.
Besides being a loving mom, Debbie worked consistently her whole adult life to ensure the well being and stability of her family. Her younger years were spent working as a telephone operator and answering service technician. She moved into a career as a customer service and sales representative in the printing industry. She started her occupation at Sir Speedy Printing in Napa. For the majority of her profession, she succeeded at Napa Printing and Graphics/Design Studio where she was in customer service and management from 1992 until her retirement in 2020. For over twenty-eight years, Debbie proved to be skilled and accomplished, and a team leader, while helping the community with her creativity and kindness. She was considered "the face of Napa Printing' by her employers and maintained close and dear friendships with the owners and her coworkers until her passing. Debbie instilled in her children, and grandchildren, a strong work ethic and she set an example of loyalty and dedication throughout her career.
Debbie served the community and volunteered to promote the well being of Napa's children. She served as a field trip leader for Sheare Elementary School when her children were in attendance. She volunteered as a Brownie Troop Leader to facilitate, mentor, and guide girls to grow more confident. She was a Soroptimist volunteer because she believed in improving the lives of women and girls in our community. She served on the Napa High School Reunion committee to help bring locals together and remember the good ol' days.
Debbie enjoyed a few interests, and most involved her family. She loved to sew in her earlier years and made much of her own and her childrens' clothing. She read lengthy novels and often hosted parties and gatherings. She enjoyed supporting her husband, watching him play music, create art, play ball and coach. As her children grew, she supported all of their extra curricular activities and sports. She was an avid swim mom and coach's wife who helped the team at every meet. She was a soccer mom, softball and baseball mom, dance mom, and football mom. She even coached for the Napa Saints Youth Football Cheer Team. She continued to support her children's teaching and coaching endeavors, and later became a passionate supportive grandmother. For years, Debbie has been on the sidelines or in the audience for sports events, dance and theater productions, assemblies and ceremonies for her grandchildren. Debbie and Bill enjoyed traveling to see family in Ohio, New Mexico and Texas. They cruised the Caribbean Islands more than once, and loved visiting Mexico. They traveled to many of the regions of the US and they especially loved the Hawaiian Islands. Debbie spent many nights with her family in Santa Cruz county before and after Bill's passing. Her favorite places to visit locally were the Napa Valley, Sonoma Square and Bodega Bay for a relaxing day at the beach.
Debbie Leach is survived by her daughter Jennifer Leach (Brian Spector), daughter Kendra Leach, son Dylan Leach (Stacie Leach), grandson Manny Vassos (Lauren Vassos), granddaughter Denali Spector, granddaughter Emerson Leach, and grandson Brix Leach, as well as many extended family members, and mom's unofficially adopted children. Debbie took great pride in her close relationships with family members and her associates in the community.
A "Celebration of Life' will be held at Tulocay Cemetery Reception area, 411 Coombsville Rd, Napa, CA 94558, on October 14th, 2023 from 1 o'clock to 4pm. This celebration is in honor of both parents, Bill and Debbie Leach.