Barbie Leitch, 61, of Wayne Michigan. Loving mother of Chelsey (Shaun) Thiede. Proud Grandma B to Gavin. Dearest sister of Dave Leitch and Sherry Martin. Beloved Aunt B to Laurie Martin, Chris (Katie) Leitch, David Martin, and Ashley Leitch and great aunt to many great-nephews and one great-niece. She is also survived by many cousins and close friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Claude Leitch and Ila (Lusk) Leitch, her brother Raymond Leitch, her brother-in-law Dave Martin, sister-in-law Susan Leitch, and her dogs Abbie and Jack Jack.
She will be remembered most for her quick wit, sarcasm, and love of the Detroit Tigers; she was a season ticket holder for many seasons. She loved all Detroit sports and was a devoted fan of the Tigers and Red Wings, even when they were losing. She knew everything about Tiger’s baseball and she came alive again in the spring at the start of each season.
Barb enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling before she became sick. She loved the chicken dinners in Frankenmuth. She took many trips to Mackinac Island with her longtime friend, Karen. She loved the beach and ocean. She also enjoyed going to casinos, especially with her sister-in-law Susan. She took her daughter to Disney World several times and made so many wonderful memories there with her family. She had dreams of traveling the east coast, touring the lighthouses with her sister and sister-in-law. She wanted to go on cruises and always wanted to go back to Hawaii. We can take comfort in knowing she can do all those things now, pain free.
In her early years, her family remembers her love for pickles, often choosing a bowl of pickles over a bowl of ice cream. Later in life, Barb developed a love for popcorn and gum. Her daughter was never sure how one person needed so much gum, but she bought it for her anyway. Barb enjoyed a hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of Coca-Cola and people would always bring her a drink when they would visit her.
Above all, Barb loved her family and her dogs more than anything. She will be remembered for her kind heart and generosity, even when she didn’t have much to give herself. She would do anything for her family and was loyal to those she loved. She would defend anyone she loved no matter what. Her strength and tenacity will be remembered by those who loved her. She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.