A private family memorial service will be held in Las Cruces for Annette Mary Leitch, 76, formerly of Roswell, who passed away on Dec. 24, 2010, at La Posada, Las Cruces. Annette was born on Aug. 15, 1934, in Staten Island, N.Y., to Harold C. Tucker Sr. and Annette M. Tucker. Both parents precede her in death as well as one brother, Harold C.â€Sonnyâ€ Tucker Jr.
Annette and J.W. Leitch were married in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 8, 1951. J.W. survives her at the family home in Las Cruces. Annette is survived by four children: Michael Wade Leitch and wife, Shannon, of Vancouver, Wash., Patricia Dawn Leitch Hill of Las Cruces, Robert Scott Leitch and wife, Kathryn, of Albuquerque and Gary Wayne Leitch, of Albuquerque; her grandchildren: Sarabeth, Patrick and Justin Leitch, Jonathan Hill, Betsy Leitch Eklund and husband, Ryan, Chris, Serena, Brian and Brandon Leitch; and one great-grandchild, Taylor Eklund. She is also survived by two sisters, Helen Tucker and Alice Hill and husband, Kenneth Hill; niece Deborah Hill McKinney and nephew Kenneth Hill, all of Fort Worth, Texas. Annette was an avid reader and instilled its importance in each of her children. She is one of the few people we know who could do the New York Times puzzle in pen every day.
She was a strong advocate for the Roswell Humane Society and Albuquerque Humane Society. She loved dogs and over the years adopted many and made a good home for each one that she brought home. She loved nature and could name any tree, flower or shrub by memory, touch or smell. Her favorites were roses and over the years she had almost every variety at one time or another.
Annette was of the Catholic faith. She will be missed dearly by all of those who knew and loved her. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Mesilla Valley Hospice, La Posada, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, N.M., 88005, which was a godsend in her time of need, or to the Roswell Humane Society, 703 E. McGaf fey St., Roswell, N.M., 88203.