January 14, 1921 — October 31, 2020
Leighella Haynes, 99, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 31. Born to William Jesse and Mattie Belle (Spain) Mallory on January 14, 1921 on their farm in Lockwood, Missouri, she was the youngest of six children.
In 1926, at age 5 her family moved to El Centro, California looking for a more stable way of life away from the harsh winters and farming. She remembered traveling the “old plank road” across the Yuma sand dunes. She attended elementary school in El Centro as well as Central Union High School. She grew up knowing what hard work was and that a loving home meant everything.
In 1936, she married Alfred Hudson and together they had five children. Betty Jo, Sue, Linda, John, and James. They resided in El Centro.
In 1959, she married Harper Haynes and together they had two sons, Carl and Stephen. They resided in Mountain View, Gilroy, Brawley, and Calipatria until her husband Harper’s death in December 1990.
She was the business manager for the Calipatria School District until 1995 when she reluctantly decided to retire at the age of 75. She spent more time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Western Avenue Baptist Church and a true believer in her faith. She took many trips with her children and their families including cruises, Mexico, Hawaii, New Orleans, and a road trip back to her hometown of Lockwood, Missouri. She was an avid woodworker often making and painting pieces for craft fairs. Not many grandmothers own a band saw and a drill press let alone those in their 90s. She never stayed still and always said it was what kept her young and sharp. She loved her crossword puzzles from the newspaper and did them every morning.
Known as the matriarch of the family, Leighella was independent, loving, spirited and graceful all in one. She was proud to be a mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and just recently great-great-grandmother. We have not lost her. The memories that each of her family members have will be cherished for a lifetime and stories will be passed down so that her legacy and her spirit will live on in many generations to come. Heaven has welcomed her home to be with those who went before her.
Leighella was preceded in death by her parents William and Belle; granddaughter Nannette Brinnon; siblings Everett Mallory, Geneva Kellner, Elsie Morgan, Laura Robinson, and Johnny Mallory; son-in-laws Dick James, Richard Patterson, Larry Driscoll, and Jim Brinnon; and her husband and the love of her life Harper Haynes.
She is survived by her seven children Betty Jo Brinnon of Brawley, John Hudson of Roseville, Sue Driscoll of La Quinta, Linda Patterson of Gilroy, Jim Haynes (Rita) of Placentia, Carl Haynes (Merry) of Brawley, and Stephen Haynes (Donna) of Hollister; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Viewing will be Monday, November 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Frye Chapel 799 in Brawley. Services will be Tuesday, November 17, at 10 a.m. Western Ave Baptist Church, 555 N. Western Ave., Brawley. Graveside Services will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. Reception following graveside service will be at Western Ave Baptist Church.