Nancy's Story

PENOBSCOT - Nancy Helen Leach, 88, of Penobscot, died Friday Feb. 27, 2015 at the Northern Bay Residential Living Center in Penobscot. Born Jan. 9, 1927 in Penobscot, she was the daughter of Earl and Nina (Grindle) Leach, Sr.

Nancy is remembered as a woman who appreciated the earth and its bounties. She enjoyed tending her flower gardens and picking and preserving strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. From her vegetable garden she canned and pickled what was reaped. During winter months she made beautiful balsam wreaths and worked in the woods with her husband on the weekends. Nancy was well read, often joining book groups to talk about popular novels, biographies, and the messages of the Bible. Nancy was an avid Red Sox and New England Patriots fan and faithfully watched all the games on TV from beginning to end.

Nancy was a devoted grandmother who enjoyed every minute with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She lived in a way that showed them what was important in life.

Nancy was a member of the Penobscot Methodist Church. She enjoyed her friends at the church and she loved to sing the old hymns with them. She was appreciated for the dozens and dozens of yeast rolls she made for the church suppers.

Nancy is survived by her daughters; Della Annette (Leach) Martin of Blue Hill and Judith Ann (Leach) Pendleton and her husband Kenneth of Penobscot, 6 grandchildren; Wendy Ellen (Leach) Dow and her husband C.J., Mathieu Lewis Leach, Emily Erin (Martin) Jones and her husband Eric, John "Mac" McDermott Martin and his wife Nancy, Mary Elizabeth (Pendleton) Watkins and her husband George, Daniel Lee Pendleton and his girlfriend Laura Walters, 9 great-grandchildren; Zackary Taylor Dow, Bode Lewis Leach, Evan Lewis Leach, Victoria Ann Watkins, Abigail Marie Watkins, Keller Henry Jones, Isla McDermott Jones, Colin Gregory Martin and Clara Frances Martin, and one brother; James Leach and his wife Linda of Bangor.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert Lewis Leach in 1998, a son, Kerry Lewis Leach in 1996, her parents, 5 brothers; Linwood Leach, Pearl Leach, Edward "Ted" Leach, George Leach, and Earl "Junior" Leach.

Donations may be made in Nancy's memory to the fund at the Bay Cemetery in Penobscot for road improvement and upkeep c/o The Bay Cemetery Road Fund, Town of Penobscot, PO Box 4, Penobscot, ME 04476 or to a charity of your choice.

Visiting hours will be held Friday from 11-12 PM at the Penobscot Methodist Church, 14 Southern Bay Road, Penobscot, ME. The memorial service will take place at 12 PM following visitation. Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, ME. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com
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