Phyllis Combs Leet meant a lot of things to a lot of people.
She was a loving wife to Richard H. Leet for 64 years. She was a comforter to family members of emergency room patients in the local hospital, where she volunteered. She was a leader and helper wherever she called home — be it in Gainesville, Chicago or her native Princeton, Mo.
But, to her son Alan, she was simply “a sweetheart and a lady and a special person,.”
Leet died Jan. 3 in Germantown, Tenn., three days shy of her 89th birthday. The Leets moved to Gainesville to retire several years back after living together in Atlanta and Chicago. The couple was a past recipient of North Georgia Community Foundation’s Philanthropists of the Year award — given yearly to individuals known for humanitarianism and goodwill.
Phyllis Leet’s humanitarianism was “just part of who she was,” said Alan Leet, who was driving Friday afternoon from his home of Eggleston, Va. to attend his mother’s memorial service — scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Gainesville.