Leila Elizabeth (Brainard Kirchoff), age 99, of Colby, Wisconsin, formerly of Oxford, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the Colonial Center in Colby. She was born on May 2, 1921, in Emporia, Kansas, to Clifton Brainard and Pearl (Regenold) Brainard.
Leila lived a long and happy life, the oldest of 12 children. She did not attend high school as she helped out with her siblings.
Leila worked at Douglas Aircraft Factory during WWII, where she helped to build airplanes.
She returned to her hometown, Patterson, California, where she worked several jobs, until she started working at the tomato packing shed in Patterson. Leila worked there for many years until she married Henry John Kirchoff on August 30, 1958, in Ceres, California, and they lived in San Jose, California, for several years until they bought a farm in Jerico Springs, Missouri. They farmed for 26 years until their retirement and moved to El Dorado Springs, Missouri.
She is survived by a brother, LeRoy Brainard of Modesto, California, and sister, Winifred Brainard of White Lake, Wisconsin; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Leila was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; parents, Clifton and Pearl Brainard; sisters, Betty Emmons, Jane Murphy, Beulah Boyd, Leola Mello, and Margaret Santos; and brothers, Eugene and Clifton Brainard.
Leila will be laid to rest next to her husband in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery in El Dorado Springs, Missouri on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Gregory officiating.
Rest in peace sweet, lovely lady. You will be missed very much.