Shirley Leigh Cash, 67, of Montgomery County, passed away peacefully at home Friday, September 23, 2022 and entered her heavenly home.
Leigh was born in Clifton Forge on November 24, 1954. She grew up in Buchanan and graduated from James River High School in 1973. She met and married her husband and lived for many years in Roanoke. She worked for Michael’s Bakery, Friendship Manor, then spent 34 years at Lewis Gale Hospital in the Supply Chain. For many years she also worked with Home Instead caring for elderly patients as well as their beloved pets. If you ever met her, the first question she would ask is, “Do you have a dog?” To which she would proudly reply, “My babies all have four legs.” She rescued, adopted and inherited many over the years and loved them unconditionally as they did her.
Leigh was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Earl Cash; her mother and father, Clarence “CT” and Dorothy “Granny Dot” Kennedy; sister and spouse, Dottie Ann and Gerald Grant; nephew, Adrian Sparks and her beloved fur babies.
She is survived by her sisters, Theresa (Archie) Sparks, Donna (Jim) Crawford; twin brother, Clarence “Louie” Kennedy; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, all special to her as she loved her family.
A celebration of her life was held at Botetourt Funeral Home, Buchanan on Tuesday, September 27. Visitation began at 10 a.m. and the service followed at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Danny Quirin officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Buchanan. As the love of Leigh’s life were her fur babies, consider memorial donations to Angels of Assisi, Roanoke, the League of Animal Protection, Fincastle or the no kill animal shelter of your choice. The family would like to express gratitude to staff at Blue Ridge Cancer Center, Dr. Fintel and his staff, Good Sam Hospice, Mill Creek Baptist Church, Sherry Fuller and all of her many friends and family who cared to send cards, provide transportation and offered love, comfort and support over the last year. During Leigh’s illness and treatments, she kept a journal of Bible scripture and passages from books she would read. From the book, “Six Hours One Friday” by Max Lucado, she wrote in her journal three truths that she believed, clung to and anchored her life in the final weeks: My life is not futile. My failure is not fatal. My Death is not final.
Online condolences may be made at www.botetourtfuneralhome.com.
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