ENOSBURG FALLS —Darlene Linda Leach, age 61, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in St. Albans on May 19, 1952, the only child of Florence (Kelly) Putnam and the late Fred Putnam.

Darlene was raised in St. Albans and graduated from Bellows Free Academy. She moved to Enosburg Falls in 1975 and started a family. Throughout her working career her two favorite jobs were having her own child daycare and working with her friends at SCOTT.

She enjoyed many things; her dogs, antiques, shopping, lawn sales, decorating her home, maintaining flower gardens, watching scary movies, visiting with her special friend, Patty Stowe and going for rides. She travelled cross country in her teens with her parents and got to see many spectacular places. In her later years she spent most of her weekends, when she was able to, travelling with her husband John in one of their antique cars; hitting all the back roads and neat dining spots. Recently she and John made another home in Crossville, Tenn., where they planned to spend retirement.

She is survived by her husband, John Leach and their daughter Misty Leach both of Enosburg Falls; her two sons, Brian Bonk and his fiancé Kimberly Fiske and their children, Jacob and Nicholas, all of Richford, and Landon Bonk and his wife, Katie, and their children, Bella and Broden, all of Enosburg Falls; her mother, Florence Putnam of St. Albans; two step-daughters, Sykie Leach of Enosburg Falls and Sonya Leach of Colo., and a special friend, her dog Ollie. Darlene was predeceased by her father, Fred Putnam.

Darlene will be remembered as a strong, determined woman who never gave up, no matter how tipped the odds were. With 18 years of struggling from one cancer to another she always kept taking the next step with anticipation of a clean bill of health and a stress free retirement. When it came to her health she never complained or let it get the best of her.

In keeping with Darlene’s wishes, services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

For those who wish, contributions in Darlene’s memory may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05459.

Private messages of condolence may be sent to Darlene’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com