YOUNGSTOWN, OH - Catherine W. Leftwich, 80,was called home early Tuesday morning, March 29, 2016, with her loving family by her side.
She was born Nov. 11, 1935, in Tylertown, Mississippi, the daughter of James and Reneha (Hampton) Ranceful, and moved to Youngstown, Ohio in 1957.
She attended school in Tylertown and then upon moving to Youngstown, she completed her schooling at South High School.
Catherine continued her education by attending Youngstown State University. Catherine began her career working at Kroger’s Grocery Store for 10 years and retired from Job and Family Services after 27 years of service as a case worker and eligibility specialist.
After retirement Catherine then decided to work for another 10 years at Macy’s Department Store.
Catherine was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, serving on the usher board, hospitality committee and was president of the Altar Guild for two years. She was a faithful member of the Rising Sun Chapter No. 82 O.E.S., serving as a worthy Matron and Amorant Grand Chapter Grand Deputy for District 3, a member of the ASIR Court No. 200, serving as Illustrious Commandress on the Imperial Court Credential Committee, and was Grand Deputy of the Oasis of Youngstown for four years.
Catherine was Vice Queen Mother of the String of Pearls, a member of the Red Hatters of Youngstown, a loyal member of Classic Ladies, as well as an active member of Opes Union.
In between her busy schedule, she enjoyed cooking large holiday meals for her family and friends. Catherine also enjoyed golfing, shopping, and baking outstanding cakes that everyone will miss dearly.
Catherine leaves behind to hold onto her precious memories, her husband, Petross; her children, Betty (Gerald) McPhatter, Patsy (Gilbert) Jackson, Charles (Cleone) Donald, and Catrina Donald, all of Youngstown; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her siblings, Lorene Lewis and Eddie Ruth Warren, both of Tylertown, and Edith (Albert) Hart of New Orleans; a sister-in-law, Emma Ranceful of Decatur, Alabama; along with many other relatives and friends.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents, Lula and Devitt Hampton; husbands Jerome Donald and Henry Woods; a daughter, Mildred Donald; and a brother, James Monroe Ranceful Jr.
Catherine will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends for her wonderful personality and smile.
Friends may call on Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 9 until 9:30 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., Youngstown, where the Eastern Star service will be held at 9:30 a.m., prior to the funeral service.
There will be a funeral service held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 10 a.m., at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., Youngstown, OH.
Burial will take place at Tod Homestead Cemetery, Youngstown.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com
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