Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Funeral Home

11902 W Center Road, Omaha, NE


Cindy Lee Leach

May 17, 1950January 3, 2020

Cindy L. Leach

Hastings, Nebraska resident Cindy Lee (Headley) Leach, age 69, passed away in Omaha Friday evening, January 3, 2020, six months after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer.

Cindy was born on May 17, 1950 to Betty (Carpenter) and Wayne Headley in Hastings, Nebraska. Cindy graduated from Hastings Senior High School. She worked as a health care aide at Good Samaritan Village before moving on to her true passion: working with special needs children at Hastings Regional Center.

Cindy will be remembered as a sensitive yet resilient soul who overcame a series of physical and emotional challenges throughout her life, with nary a complaint. She was passionate about animal welfare, and instilled that passion in her children. Cindy rescued and provided a loving home to numerous pets through the years, including several cats, dogs, a calf and a rambunctious squirrel monkey named Josie.

She is survived by her son, Tony Leach of Hastings; daughter, Dr. Tiffany Leach of Chicago, IL; and daughter, Michelle Leach and her partner, Sean Bilodeau of Omaha, NE.

Cindy was preceded by her parents and grandparents, Edwin and Bessie (Smiley) Carpenter, as well as a number of dear paternal and maternal aunts and uncles.

Memorial/graveside services at Gibbon Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon, NE will be announced at a later date. Family and friends may make memorial contributions to the Heartland Pet Connection in Hastings or to a farm/barnyard animal rescue organization, such as the Iowa Farm Sanctuary. Cindy’s life will be celebrated in an online memorial/guestbook available at Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Funeral Home in Omaha. Visit www.dignitymemorial.com.


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Cindy Lee Leach

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linda heinis

January 15, 2020

So sweet. Worked with her at Ok Cafe. Always a smile on her face.

Sharon Fluckey

January 11, 2020

Cindy was a friend of mine at HHS. She was always cheerful and we had good times with Florence and Peggy. Did not know where she had moved. May God wrap his arms around her💕