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Millington, friends and family pay tribute to the late Lorrie Beth Leach

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Anyone who laid eyes on Lorrie Beth Leach could see she was a beautiful woman.
The man who was married to her for almost 9 years could tell you her spirit, loving nature and faith in God was even more beautiful.
“She’s big hearted person,” Al said. “She has the biggest heart. And she could put up with me. She’s a very strong woman.”
Lorrie’s strength was on display this past year fighting cervical cancer. The Millington City clerk was diagnosed in August 2013 and went into remission. But the cancer returned and spread across her body.
On Sept. 18, Leach lost her battle with cancer. Four days later, the city of Millington closed down for a few hours to pay tribute to the woman they grew to love. Al said throughout Lorrie’s second battle with cancer, colleagues and coworkers were there to support her financially, emotionally and spiritually.
“I just want to thank Millington for doing all the things it has done for her,” he said. “It’s all of the city of Millington from City Hall to close friends and family. At the end, they did the funeral procession. Millington honored her by doing all of that.”
Leach, 35, grew up in the Millington area settling in Shelby Forest. The daughter of Tommy and Nancy Caldwell, she loved to fish and be outdoors as a young girl.
Lorrie grew up to become a professional woman and mother of AJ Leach. She became devoted to her family at home and her second family, the city of Millington.
So when news broke that Lorrie was diagnosed with cancer, her support system sprung into action.
“It was pretty tough,” Al recalled of the diagnoses. “She was determined to beat it. She beat it the first time. It went into remission in December. February it hit her again and then she had her surgery. First of May we found out it moved to her lungs. She went ongoing with chemo until the first of August.”
Cervical cancer forms in tissues of the cervix, the organ connecting the uterus and vagina.  Then the cancer spread to her lungs.
By Lorrie’s side during her battle were several family members and friends. Countless city of Millington employees from Mayor Terry Jones to aldermen to direct colleagues came by for visits and to give prayers and support.
Even Embury Methodist Church held a fish fry to raise money for treatments. Al continued to show his ex-wife support financially and being just a phone call away.
“When we founded out she had cancer in August I was a huge supporter of her,” he said. “We remained close after our divorce in May (2013). We became better friends.
“Millington treated her well, really well,” Al added. “The biggest thing I really want to do is just say, ‘Thank you Millington.’”
Lorrie is survived by her son, AJ and Al; her father, Tommy Caldwell (Tammie); sister, Sam Caldwell Sheppard (Len); brother, Russell Caldwell (Jenna); grandmother, Vada Caldwell; and a number of other relatives and close friends including her colleagues at the city of Millington.
“She never lost her faith with God or questioned why her,” Al said. “She was sweet. She was courageous and faithful. She was strong and strong willed. She had a willingness to help anyone.”
A trust fund has been established for AJ at Trustmark.
Go to: Millington-News.com

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