STEUBEN - Marie Ann (Perry) Leighton, age 80, of Steuben, passed away without pain and peacefully as she lay sleeping in the early morning hours on December 3, 2015, at Davis Estates in Machias. She was born December 7, 1934, in Milbridge, to Ruth I. (Haycock) Strout, and Hollis L. Perry. She fought a courageous and lengthy battle with Alzheimer's and ultimately won the fight to join her loving husband, Spencer, who preceded her in death on July 12, 2015. They are united once again in the heavens above with many other loved ones.
Marie is survived by son Larry Curtis and wife, Sonya of Milbridge; son Linden Curtis and wife, Debbie, son Ralph Curtis, and daughter Lisa Jordan, all of FL; daughter Lynne Kunkel of PA; and son David Leighton of Steuben. Also, two loving step daughters, Sheila Chipman and husband, Billy; and Linda Lubrano and husband, Anthony, both of Steuben. In addition, she had 15 grandchildren plus numerous great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by brothers Linden Perry and wife, Andrea of Milbridge, and Albion (Jackie) Strout and wife, Joy of VA. She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth, and loving step father Hollis (Beaver) Strout, father Hollis (Ben) Perry, and sistersSharon Strout, big sister Mary Brooks (Sister as she called her and Mary would call her ReRe), and baby sister Carol Willey. She is also preceded in death by her lifelong and best friends, Barbara and Richard Mitchell.
Marie was outgoing and social and her family always came first. She was an incredible cook, an immaculate housekeeper, and perhaps most important, a loving wife, mother, grandmother,and friend. She loved all of her kids equally to the very end and taught them sound values to include hard work and honesty. Shestarted working at an early age and was a good provider for her family. Some of her many jobs included waitressing/hostess, digging clams, working on the lobster boat with her husband, making wreaths, raking blueberries, etc. Later in life, she enjoyed looking out her window at the many hummingbirds around her feeders along with the other wildlife transiting their property to include deer, rabbit, fox, eagles, and an occasional moose. She thought Alaska was the prettiest place on earth after several trips to visit and it became her favorite place with the exception of her home overlooking Pigeon Hill Bay. During the winter months, she would knit, sew, cook, work on puzzles, and make some beautiful quilts...and of course gripe about the cold and snow.
As her disease progressed, she needed constant care, and her husband of 46 years loved her and looked after her to the best of his abilities up until the day he died. However, as his own health began to fail, he would require help in order to keep her at home. The entire family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciate to his daughters, Sheila and Linda, and their husbands, for the care they provided--the sacrifices, devotion, and love for both their father and step mother! Also, a special thank you for all the others involved with her care?the girls from Loving Care, and especially the professional staff at Davis Estates. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to an Alzheimer's-focused charity or senior living facility of your choice. Graveside services will be on May 28, 2016, at 11:00, at All Souls by the Sea Cemetery, Petit Manan Point, in Steuben, where she will be laid to rest with her loving husband, Spencer, in eternal peace. Following the services, there will be a celebration of life with refreshments. Location TBD. All arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home in Milbridge, ME.