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Jane Leadley

February 28, 1924 — April 5, 2017

Jane Leadley

Jane Leadley, 93, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Greenville.

Jane Leadley was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Chicago, IL., the only child of Brig. General John Spence Gulledge, USAF, and Alice Ryder Gulledge. Jane was a model and stage actress in her teens and early twenties. She married Peter Benziger and had 4 daughters: Pamela, Lynn, Helen and Heidi.

Jane divorced Mr. Benziger and later married Donald Leonard Leadley on December 23, 1957. Donald served in the USAF during the Korean conflict as a Captain and F-94C Fighter Pilot. They had one daughter, Mary Faith, on September 29, 1958. Donald passed away on November 1, 2015, something she never really got over.

Jane and Don were active politically and were involved in the John Birch Society in the 1960's. They campaigned for Phil Crane, Republican Congressman for the Chicago congressional district, and became good friends with Mr. Crane, often having Mr. and Mrs. Crane over for dinner parties.

After the family moved to Mequon, Wisconsin, in the late 1960's, Jane became best friends with Roxy and Bud Heyse. Together, Jane and Roxy chaired the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's fundraising committee, raising the funds to build a new Performing Arts Center in downtown Milwaukee in 1969. Jane and Roxy's names are on a plaque in the foyer of the Performing Arts Center acknowledging their contribution to the Symphony. Jane and Don became good friends with the symphony's conductor, Kenneth Schermerhorn.

As Mary got more involved in training and showing horses (her father, uncle and grandfather were all horse trainers), the family moved to southwest Missouri, purchased a 35 acre farm and built a training and breeding facility under the name of Leadley Arabians. A special colt was foaled at the farm and Jane and Don purchased him as a 3 month old. Mary trained and showed this young Arabian stallion - named TASK FORCE - to multiple championships. TASK FORCE produced many champion offspring for the Leadley's and many others.

Their involvement in the Arabian industry led Jane and Don to start ARABIAN VISIONS MAGAZINE, a successful monthly breed journal. Jane was the Editor and Publisher and under her ownership, the magazine became one of the top Arabian advertising magazines in the country in the 1970's to 1980's. They subsequently sold the magazine and retired.

After daughter Mary and husband Jeff Janson moved to Campbell, TX, in 2012, Jane and Don moved to Commerce, TX, shortly thereafter. They loved their adopted home state.

Jane always had an outgoing and entrepreneurial spirit. Maybe as an influence of her father, the General, she was never afraid of a challenge. She was quick to smile, quick to laugh and was always a lady.

Jane is survived by her daughters: Mary Faith Janson (Jeff) of Campbell, TX, Pamela Jane Feeley (John) of Cody,WY., Alice Lynn Davy of Santa Fe, NM. Helen Anne Benziger (David) of Weston, MO and Heidi Rautio (Vern) of Story, WY.; and, her grandchildren: Peter Michael Rautio of Casper, WY. and Zachary Garrett Rautio of Fort Collins, CO.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Leonard Leadley, and her parents, John Spence and Alice Ryder Gulledge.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 1:00 P.M. at Mineral Heights Baptist Church, 3201-A Robin Rd. Greenville, with Michael Harrigan officiating.

Interment will follow at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce.

Interment service follows church service. Start time is approximate.

Funeral Service

Saturday, April 08, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Mineral Heights Baptist Church
3201 Robin Road
Greenville, Texas 75402

Interment Service

Saturday, April 08, 2017
2:15 PM

Rosemound Cemetery
501 Pritchard Road
Commerce, Texas 75428

Interment service follows church service. Start time is approximate.

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Past Services


Friday, December 11, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Butler Funeral Home-Stedman

6535 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC 28391

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Funeral Service

Saturday, December 12, 2015

3:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Jones - Walker & Son Funeral Home

1209 Live Oak, Commerce, TX 75428

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