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Leta Rotenberry

March 13, 1928 — September 1, 2023

Leta Rotenberry of Trussville, Alabama passed away on Friday, September 1, 2023 at the age of 95.

She was born in Bremen, Alabama on March 13, 1928 to the late Sherman and Levis Harris. Also preceding her in death is her husband of 53 years Charles Leslie Rotenberry; and her sister, Freda Brown. Leta graduated from Cold Springs High School in 1946. She worked at TCI in Fairfield, Alabama where she met her husband on a blind date, arranged by his aunt who worked with Leta. She retired from AmSouth Mortgage Company in 1990 after 25 years of service.

She enjoyed many hobbies after retirement including gardening, especially her favorite flowers; iris, day lilies, and African violets. She loved to search through the flower catalogues for the many different varieties of each. She also enjoyed a good book, backyard bird watching, jigsaw puzzles, crocheting afghans, and word search. She loved to cook, always eager to try a new recipe and was best known for her chocolate pie. But, her all-time favorite hobby was quilting, having pieced more than 90 quilts. She kept up with the pattern name and date completed of each one, and shared many with her family and friends. She was an excellent seamstress having sewed most of her daughters' school and play clothes along with many doll clothes, including for Barbie. She also liked reminiscing about her childhood and growing up with her three sisters on the family farm lovingly known as "The Old Place" in Bremen. She lived a long, full life and was a wonderful and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

She is survived by her daughters Jeannie Purcell (Michael) and Karen Rotenberry of Trussville; beloved granddaughter Lesley Purcell of Hoover; sisters Nina Phillips and Carolyn Dooley (Gary) both of Bremen; sister-in-law Dot Rotenberry of Sandusky; and many nieces and nephews. Also, her much-loved great-grandpups Ember and Sable; and Tucker Boy her precious grandcat.

Although she didn't have a recent church home, she was a member of Westmont Baptist Church in Minor Heights for many years where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Ashley and Brooke with Ascension Home Health from whom she received excellent care at home, and also to all the healthcare providers at Ascension St. Vincent's East who not only treated her illness but prayed for her and our family.

Visitation is Wednesday, September 6 at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, Alabama from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Graveside services to follow for immediate family at Crestview Memorial Gardens in Adamsville, Alabama. In her memory, the family requests gifts to your favorite charity.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Leta Rotenberry, please visit our flower store.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am

Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home

1591 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35235

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