Aileen Elizabeth Wiggins Leatherwood, 90, of Candler, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016, at the Aston Park Health Care Center.
She was born on September 10, 1926, in Canton to Maggie and Abram "Bryan" Wiggins.
Aileen graduated from Candler High School and Blanton's Business College. She retired from American Enka/BASF where she worked in the treasurer's department.
She was active in her community, participating in the Home Demonstration Club, and serving as President of Candler Elementary and Enka High School Parent Teacher Associations. She also volunteered for many years at ABCCM, served as treasurer for the Enka Lake Club for several years, and was secretary for the local chapter of the Good Sam Club.
She was an active member of Montmorenci United Methodist Church, where she assisted with Bible School, founded and taught the young adult class, sang in the choir, served in various offices of United Methodist Women, and on the administrative board of the church. She loved her church family.
Aileen was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Fred and Claude Wiggins. She leaves behind her husband of 70 plus years, Glenn Joseph Leatherwood; her three children, Glenda Patterson (Dan), Tom Leatherwood (Cyndee) and William "Bill" Leatherwood (Gloria); 13 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves her sister, Ruth Curry and several nieces and nephews, as well as a community of wonderful neighbors.
Her family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday at Montmorenci United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at 10:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Karen Kurtz officiating. Private interment will take place at Greenhill Cemetery, Waynesville.
Her family asks that memorials be made to Montmorenci United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 610, Candler, NC 28715.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.