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Judith Duff (Leach)

Judith Duff (Leach)


Judith Dianne Duff-Leach

1953 - 2015
Judith Dianne Duff-Leach Obituary
Duff-Leach, Judith Dianne

Judith Dianne Duff-Leach, 61, a dedicated mother, passed away on May 5, 2015. Dianne was born in Albuquerque, NM on October 3, 1953. She grew up in central New Mexico in Albuquerque, a ranch near Cerrillos, and a farm south of Bernalillo, where her family raised Appaloosa, and later, Thoroughbred horses. She studied classical piano and, in 1971, made her debut at the Gran Baile de la Sinfonia de Albuquerque. Dianne was a graduate of Manzano High School and a student of Theology at the University of Albuquerque. Dianne was an accomplished and published writer, and was active with the Rio Grande Writer's Association and was the co-editor of the book, "A Spirit That Wants Me", an anthology of New Mexico stories and poetry. Dianne was an avid gardener, weaver, and music lover who dedicated her life to raising her children.

She is survived by her son, Jeremy Duff-Leach and wife Delia; her daughter, Emily Duff-Leach; grandchildren, Christian, Evan, Dylan and Lillian; her brother, Ted Duff and wife Janet; niece, Rebecca; and nephew, Andrew.

Dianne was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur L. Duff and Reba Duff; and her brother, Arthur "Sonny" Duff.

A Memorial Service will be held at FRENCH - Wyoming on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. with a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in her name to the ASPCA.

Please visit our online guestbook for Judith at


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05/15/15 11:06 AM #1    

Rosemarie Michael (Russell)

Judith was a beauty! I will try to get a copy of the book she edited to remember her by. Be as peace Judith.

08/01/15 06:53 AM #2    

Melissa Menke (Males)

Gosh, what wonderful memories I have of you.  Always going to the ranch and participating in horse shows.  You were a geat friend.  RIP, my friend.

08/02/15 08:46 AM #3    

Amelia (Amy) Komarek (Budge)

I first knew Dianne when we both attended Zia Elementary School. She was one of the prettiest girls in class. She had a love of horses and usually brought those lovely plastic horses to school....and she had a knack for sketching those beautiful animals. I lost track of Dianne until our paths crossed again at Manzano High School. Though we traveled in different social circles then, I knew somehow that she would accomplish great things in the years to come. I'm very sorry to learn of her passing and extend my sincere condolences to her family.

Amy (Komarek) Budge

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