Leaf, Penny (Tittle)

Penny Marie (Tittle) Leaf, 51, of Keystone Heights, Fla., died June 25, 2008, after a four-year battle with cancer.

Born Sept. 12, 1956, Penny was the daughter of Charles and Carol Tittle of Morenci, Mich.

Penny attended Morenci Area High School and graduated in 1974. She lived for several years in Morenci after graduating from high school and then moved to Florida where she married Greg Leaf.

When the news of her mother’s battle with cancer reached her, Penny and Greg moved back to Morenci to care for her until her death in 1992. She also was the caregiver to her grandmother, Florence Tittle, of Defiance, Ohio, until she passed away.  Penny was no stranger to caring for others when needed.

Most recently, Penny worked at a small pharmacy in Melrose, Fla., and then became a pharmacy technician and worked at the VA Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.

She enjoyed sewing, antique shopping, and spending time with her granddaughters who referred to her as “Grandma Penny.”

She is survived by three sisters, Becky (and Steve) Gierke of Valparaiso, Ind., Julie Butler of St. Petersburg,  Fla.; Jadine (and Ken) Bruner of Morenci; a daughter, Kim (and Jermey) Smith of Keystone Heights, Fla.; two sons, Michael (and Janet) Barber of Wauseon, Ohio, and Christopher Barber of Fla.; and six granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents and the father of her three children, Mark T. Barber.

Penny’s carefree nature and fun-loving attitude will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her. A memorial celebration of her life was held at the Melrose Airport on July 2, 2008.