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Leyha  Jane  Bartels
     “Princess Leyha Jane Bartels”, 6, of Brady, passed away Nov.30, at her home after a courageous three year battle with cancer. “Princess Leyha” was born Nov. 21, 2006.
     She lived in the Brady community and was currently a kindergartener in the Brady school system.
     Leyha''s contagious smile and positive attitude spread to the people around her. She had a love for life that no one had ever seen. She always had compassion for those around her.
     Lehya''s brother Hunter was a large part of her life and she always loved and protected him. She was the leader of her huge group of cousins, and everybody''s best friend.
     She also had a special friend, Randin Hood, a soldier deployed to Afghanistan who “adopted” her.
     She is survived by her father Jason Bartels of Maxwell; mother Katie Stewart of North Platte; brother Hunter Bartels of North Platte; grandparents Sue Spurgin of Brady, Kathy Hoffman of Brady; great grandmother Velma Jean Brown of Brady; aunts and uncles Dan and Torrey Stewart of Curtis, Jeremy and Becky Bartels of Brady, Jill Miller of Brady, Angel Hoffman of Brady, Mark and April Hoffman of Cozad; and many other family members and friends.
     Leyha was preceded in death by her grandfathers Dan Stewart and Gerald Brown; great grandparents LaVonne and Larry Spurgin; great aunt Sherry Lynn Spurgin, great uncle Gerald Brown; and cousin Brianna Brown.
     Memorials may be made to The Princess Leyha Scholarship Fund, which was established in her name.
     Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Brady High School with Rev. Robert Litzenberger officiating. Burial will follow at Gaslin Cemetery near Brady. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 12/5/2012
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