Letha Jane Veach, 105, of Corning, former longtime Manila resident and widow of Mr. Roy Veach, passed from this life Monday June 4, 2012, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
Born in Manila, she was the daughter of the late David and Ollie Moore Rice. As a young girl she and her family traveled by covered wagon to Oklahoma to find work. She returned to Manila at the age of 18 and soon married Roy Veach. She and her husband Roy established nursing homes in Manila, Blytheville and Corning. She was also instrumental in organizing the First Missionary Baptist Church in Mississippi County. Mrs. Veach was very active in local home demonstration clubs and was a longtime member of the Eastern Star, holding dual memberships in Blytheville and Corning. She had lived in Corning for the past 25 years and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.
She is survived by one son, Jimmy Veach and his wife Janie of Manila; one daughter, Rayo Edwards of Corning; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and many great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was 11 a.m. Thursday at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with Rev. James Keel and Rev. Sonny Williams officiating. Burial followed in Manila Cemetery.
Grandsons served as active and honorary pallbearers.
The family received visitors Wednesday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home.
Guest register is www.howardfuneralservice.com.