Barbara W. Leason, 83: Liked gardening, travel and antiques

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TOPSHAM — Barbara Mary Ann (Walker) Leason, 83, died Nov. 18, with her family by her side.

Leason was born May 2, 1932, in Fort Fairfield to Ruth Fowler Walker and William E. Walker.

She spent her early years in Presque Isle, later graduating from Westbrook Junior College in 1952. She moved to Salt Lake City to join her family and train to be an X-ray technician. Leason worked at Gould Memorial Hospital after returning to Presque Isle.

In August 1955, she met Bob Leason, an Air Force radar officer whom she married four months later on New Year’s Eve. The couple was married for 59 years.

When, in 1956, the couple moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, Leason worked as an X-ray technician at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northhampton.

The couple lived in Buffalo, New York, Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio before returning to Maine. They lived in Farmingdale for 48 years before moving to Topsham.

Leason was a loving wife and mother, raising her children while briefly working as an X-ray technician in Augusta.

Leason’s hobbies included gardening, travel, golf and antiquing. She enjoyed being with her four brothers, their 22 children and other family members and friends for get-togethers in the summer at Popham Beach. 

All who loved her will miss her warmth and affection.

Leason was predeceased by four brothers, Robert, Alexander, Philip and Ralph.

She is survived by her loving husband Robert; a daughter, Cynthia C.A. Crowe, of Gorham; a son, Steven W. Leason, of Selinsgrove, Pennylvania; five grandchildren, Derek, Kelsey, Owen, Adeline and Sarah; and numerous nephews and nieces, whom she loved dearly.

Leason’s family would like to extend their appreciation to the physicians and nursing staff at Mid Coast Hospital.

A funeral service was held Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick, with the Rev. Carolyn Eklund officiating. Private interment will be held in Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Augusta at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mid Coast Hospital, PO Box 279, Brunswick, ME 04011.