Jody Leftwich

jody leftwich
On Wednesday, February 8, 2012 Marijo Jody Anderson Leftwich left this life exactly as she would have chosen surrounded by people she loved. Jody was born in Paris, TX to Jack and Sarah Anderson on February 16, 1936. Her family moved to Hughes Springs where she married her only love, Carol Leftwich, on November 13, 1950. For all but a few years they lived and raised their family in their beloved hometown. Dedicated to those she loved, Jody was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, aunt, and dear friend. She welcomed everyone into her home with a smile and a hug, a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Even if you dropped by unannounced, she was so glad to see you, it was as though she had been waiting all day for you to arrive. Jody was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Isla Kasling; and her three brothers, Jack Sonny Anderson, Duane Doc Anderson, and Tommy Anderson. She is survived by Carol, her husband of 61 years; her children, Duane Leftwich and his wife Cindy, Vicki Fowler and her husband Bobby, and Carolyn Frost and her husband Billy Don; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and countless cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. The family will receive visitors at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs on Friday, February 10th from 6pm-8pm. Jodys service will be at the First Baptist Church of Hughes Springs on Saturday, at 2pm, with the burial immediately following at the Hughes Springs Cemetery. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the First Baptist Church of Hughes Springs or Jodys favorite charity, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of your wife/mom passing away. Such a sweet lady and she had a way of always making you feel so welcome in her home. She's gone on to her glory and you will see her again. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  2. MiMi, we love you and will miss you so much! You have been a special part of my life since Vic moved across the street from us. I know you will be watching over me and everyone else so dear to you.

  3. I was so sorry to hear of Jody's passing. I never saw her that she didn't hug me and say how glad she was to see me. The world will be a little less bright. God be with your family.

  4. Aunt Jody was such a special, loving woman…always full of laughter. We love her dearly and she will be missed by us all. We love you Uncle Carol, Vicki, Duane, Carolyn. Our prayers are with you all.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Jody was a pleasure to be around and will be missed greatly. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you.

  6. I've had the pleasure of working with Jodys son Duane for several years and have come to know through him that this lady is loved by many. My thoughts and prayers are with your famiy and I know she is smiling in Heaven.

  7. We have lost a beautiful treasure in our community; however her legacy of love, compassion and friendship will live on in our memories. Love to all of you.

  8. A true lady who will be missed by all that knew and loved her. My sympathy to all her family. JoAnn Keiningham

  9. We were so sorry to hear of Jody's passing. She was always a dear and welcomed us with open arms every year at the reunion when we would get to see her, Carol and all the family. Our love and prayers are with all of you. Much Love, Debbie, Doug & Jordan

  10. Vickie, Duane, Carolyn and family…I was so sorry to hear about your sweet mother…I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to visit with her during the Wildflower Trails and to get one of her big ole loving hugs. She was always such a jolly person and has left a profound impact on all that knew her….My mom loved her dearly. They had many good visits through the years and Mom is really going to miss her. I know your hearts are heavy with sadness, but know that all your friends love you and are lifting you up in their prayers.God Bless…

  11. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you, the family, through these difficult days. We knew Ms. Jody only a short time as part of our TX family, but her friendly smile will be remembered in all hearts she has touched along the way.Rest in peace, Ms. Jody, and know that you were loved, and will be missed by all.

  12. When I think of Jody, I think of her smile and hear her laughter, just a wonderful lady. Carol, Duane, Vicki, Carolyn, I pray for all of you and love you very much.

  13. My prayers and sympathy are with you at this time of loss. I remember years of family reunions and it seemed that it never really started until Jody was there; she always brought her big smile and laugh and such life to every reunion.(I haven't been in years but you might remember me as Erin Rayes daughter). May God bless you.

  14. DuaneWe are so sorry for the loss of your mom.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..PrayersRandy & Julie Bradshaw

  15. "Mr. Carol", Duane. Vicki,and Carolyn, I hope you know how much you mean to me and to my family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I pray that our Lord Jesus will enfold each of you in his loving arms, snuggle you close and comfort you as only he can in the days ahead. I love you all. Carol Griffis

  16. We are sorry for your loss. Jody was such a special lady and loved by everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  17. To Carol and each of Jody's children, we are so sorry for your loss. Jody was a beautiful person. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carol and the rest of the family at this time. Jody always had a smile and a kind word whenever she saw any of our family. We are grateful for having the opportunity to know her.

  19. Mrs Jody just had a special way of making you feel like you were "somebody" when she smiled at you. I pray that the memories you, as a family, have of her will bring you much comfort during the days ahead. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. love, Marilyn

  20. To all of Jody's family I want to express my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers. The memories I have of Jody were from as far back as young boy in the 1950's and as an adult at my store in Martins in Longview. Those memories are of a warm, friendly lady with a radiant smile that made you immediately feel better. I will always remember her as a person though I did not see much, made my life brighter every time I did.

  21. To all the family of Jody Leftwich, even though I never personally knew her-I can feel her love for people shine through her husband and her daughter Vickie. May our God wrap each of you in his loving arms and hold you during your grief. Sounds to me like Heaven is a better place because of her entrance. Our heartfelt love and prayers are with each and everyone of you.

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