Leatha M. Vallier
Leatha M. Vallier, 88, of Manistique, Mich., passed away on July 14, 2012, at Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique, Mich., surrounded by her children.
She was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Garnet, Mich., the daughter of Faye and Beaulous (Browning) Patterson. She was a graduate of Manistique High School.
During World War II, she served in the Women’s Army Corp. and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., from 1943-1945. She was discharged as a Corporal.
On June 13, 1942, the former Leatha Patterson married Marvin J. Vallier in Manistique. They made their home and raised six children in the Green School area of Mueller Township. They thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities associated with small community living. Marvin preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1991.
After Marvin’s death, Leatha worked at the Kewadin Casino in Manistique for 15 years until her health caused her to retire at the age of 85. She worked as a hostess and then as a server, doing what she enjoyed best, taking care of customers.
Leatha was a member of the Manistique Moose Lodge, Schoolcraft County V.F.W., American Legion of Manistique, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
She enjoyed playing bingo, horseshoes, bowling, pool, and cards. Most of all, she enjoyed visiting with her family and friends.
Leatha is survived by her children, Earl Vallier of Clare, Mich., Gloria Kemp of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sandra Brown of Centralia, Wash., Wayne (LuAnn) Vallier of Manistique, Susan (Charles) Truitt of Chatsworth, Ga., and Joan (Gordon) Thompson of Manistique; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister, Alveda Terrian of Green School; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John and Leon Patterson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 20, at Messier- Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique with Reverend Jay Martin officiating. Burial with veteran’s honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery at Manistique. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.