Janet Nelson Leach, 66, of Madison passed away on March 7, 2017. She was born on July 14, 1950, in Moss Point, MS to Marvin and Eldora Ehlers Nelson. Janet enjoyed a 22 year career with the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division serving as the Program Manager for Golf.

She promoted Mississippi internationally and served as a liaison for two Mississippi PGA Tour tournaments. Previously, she was employed for many years at Delta Air Lines. She was honored to be the first woman to receive the Carpenter-Lindsay Award from the PGA Gulf States section and Mississippi chapter, which is awarded to individuals who have unselfishly served and supported the game of golf.  Janet retired last summer to spend time with Alan, her husband of 37 years. Together, they have loved traveling and playing golf with friends and spending time with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Glenwood "Bud" Nelson. She is survived by her husband, Alan Ray Leach, her son, A. Cooper Leach (Roberta) and her grandchildren Brooks and Clay Leach of Selma, AL.

She is also survived by her brothers and sisters Dennis Nelson of Hurley, Carey (Evelyn) Nelson of Cumbest Bluff, George Nelson of Lucedale, Diane Gibson of Hurley, and Joy (Raymond) Hunter of Gulfport, and numerous nephews and nieces. A memorial service was held March 11th at Parkway Hills United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Friends of Children's Hospital.