Laura M. (Leeman) Libby, 38

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PORTLAND — Laura M. (Leeman) Libby, 38, of Gorham, formerly of Falmouth, died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 31, at Maine Medical Center.

Born in Portland on Oct. 19, 1971, she was a daughter of Lawrence P. Leeman and Sandra Jean (Burnell) Witham.

She grew up in Falmouth, and graduated from Falmouth High School in 1990.

On June 25, 1994, she married Phillip “Phil” J. Libby and had two children together.

She was a loving and devoted full-time mother to her special-needs children, Cooper and Chance Libby, ages 8 and 9.

Not only was she an advocate for her own autistic children, she helped others by helping start an autism program in the Gorham Public Schools, and was a member of the Autism Society and the Mom’s Club of Gorham.

When she had some free time, she enjoyed shopping, especially at Wal-Mart. She also enjoyed spending time on Facebook and watching the Boston Red Sox.

Surviving are her husband Phil Libby of Gorham; two children, Cooper and Chance Libby of Gorham; mother Sandra Jean Witham and step-father Raymond of Falmouth; father Lawrence Leeman and stepmother Sally of Portland; two grandmothers, Ellen Burnell of Bridgeton and Marion Leeman of Freeport; four siblings; two brothers, Keith Leeman and his wife Lisa of North Yarmouth, and Stephen Leeman and his wife Robin of Cumberland, sister Kelley Mason and her husband Douglas of Cumberland, and her identical twin sister, Lisa Shaw and her husband Stephen of Falmouth; several aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; and cousins.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home in Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to the Autism Society, 4340 East West Hwy Suite 350, Bethesda, MD 20814-3067.

Condolences and fond memories can be shared with the Libby family at


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