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Obituary of Leatha (Arnold) Archer


The Rev Leatha Archer was born an only child to Lloyd and Hannah Arnold on July 5, 1938, in Lewistown, PA. While attending Heidelberg College in Ohio, she met Jack whom she married on November 1, 1958. Leatha and Jack attended the Lancaster Theological Seminary where she pursued a post-secondary degree. She was bestowed with a Master of Divinity in 1976.

In 1977, she was recognized co-pastor of the Nittany Valley Charge, which was part of the Northern Association of the UCC - Penn Central Conference.

During her tenure as a Pastor, she held elected positions at the Association, Conference, and National levels. During the 1983 and ’85 General Synods, she served as a delegate on committees that focused on Christian Education.

Some the organizations to which she has belonged were, the Howard and Pleasant Gap Women’s Clubs, The Red Hat Club of Bald Eagle and Nittany Valleys, and finally, the Golden Girls of Colby Circle.

Leatha was very proud of, and enjoyed, being around her family. She is survived by daughter Tami of Nashville, son Tim and his wife Georgie of Millheim, and Todd and his wife Megan of Harrisburg. Grandchildren include Katrina, Katelyn, Luke, Marley, Addie, and Nikki. Great-grandchildren include Sadie, Kensley, Liam, Lilly, Ellie, Bailey, and Callie.

Late-in-life, Leatha became a short-story author writing several mysteries and a novel about a time-travel trip that she takes with grandsons Luke and Liam.

A public viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, from 7:00-9:00pm at the Kader-Neff Funeral Home at 135 West Main St. Howard. An additional viewing will also be held on May 18th, 2018 at the Emmanuel UCC in Jacksonville beginning at 9:00am with a funeral to follow at 10:15am.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Leatha can be made to OLLI of Penn State, 126 Outreach Building, 100 Innovation Boulevard, University Park, PA 16802.

Name of Deceased

Leatha (Arnold) Archer

Date of Death


Date of Birth


Funeral Home

Kader-Neff Funeral Home

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