After a 6 month battle with cancer, Laura Leytham quietly passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022. Laura was a dearly beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She is survived by her husband Robert; 4 children, Shelly Loveridge, Brenda and husband Josh Roberts, Patrick and wife Mandy Leytham, and Leslie Leytham and husband Joe Cantrell; and 11 grandchildren — Kalin, Chelsea, Rayne, Laura, Henry, Max, Chloe, Austin, Nicholas, Melanie, and Jonah. Laura was a dedicated elementary school teacher and librarian with a decorated career spanning 31 years and she worked hard to make every lesson interesting and fun whether it was in the classroom or the water as a scuba dive master. Never one to stay still for too long, she kept active with many hobbies including reading, scuba diving, traveling, boating, sewing, cooking, singing, and playing music. Above all, she loved traveling the world and scuba diving with her partner, husband, and best friend, Robert. She will be loved and sorely missed by all who knew her.
My heartfelt condolences for the family. The Leytham family welcomed us into their home when we first moved down to the Rio Grande Valley. I also had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Leytham at Mims.
I will always know her as Mrs. Leytham, one of my best childhood friends mom. If you came over to her house she treated you like her own. She had a sense of humor, but didn’t put up with stuff. One of my favorite memories of her, was the Christmas my family couldn’t go to San Antonio for Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve with the Leythams. It was one of the best Christmas’s I had as a child. She made sure everyone had fun, even when my brother was goofing off. I never had her as an actual teacher, but she did teach me a lot. You will be missed Mrs. Leytham. You leave behind a large number of people who love you. But we do know that you are in heaven waiting for your family and friends, and that brings hope and happiness to all of us.
I am so sorry for your loss! Sending my love to all of you!
Laura, how do I begin? I guess my family was instrumental in suggesting you and your family become residents on Palmetto Drive just down the street in Mission, Texas in the 80’s. Then I got this crazy goal to run a marathon in SLC, Utah, and you helped me get ready, dragging yourself out of bed at 5:30 am and running around the Shary Golf Course, and even stumbling and badly spraining your ankle on one of those mornings! You took Autumn to school for me so I could tend to coaching duties even when she one morning christened your van with her upset tummy stuff which Mark cleaned later that day. Also did Jane Fonda’s Challenge tape often on your living room floor. Your were an expert on head lice as we dealt with it as I panicked early one morning before school! You even furnished the Rid X shampoo I needed. You and your family participated in our annual Christmas Nativities, often making costumes for the kids. You obeyed the sabbath, and your kids dressed throughout the day in their Sunday best! You participated in many meals and birthday celebrations with us, the Barkers, Billings, and other families in the neighborhood, often ending with a game of Monopoly, Life, etc. You were a shining example as a good neighbor, teacher, wife, mother, librarian, cook, and a righteous daughter of your Heavenly Father. My family treasure the memories we have of you and your family legacy! May you rest in peace and thanks for the memories! Love, The Miller Family @ 907 Palmetto Drive.