- November 10, 1933 - March 24, 2015
- Westmoreland, New Hampshire
of Barbara's Passing
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Barbara Ann Haight Leake
November 10, 1933 ~ March 24, 2015
Barbara had a passion for choral music and a special fondness for the Adirondack Region or any lake that is nestled in the hills and hosts Loons. After the Morning Loon Report came in from the lake, it was time to load up the canoe (of course the dog is coming) and paddle along the shore to make sure Mother Loon and her Children were content.
She presided as Matriarch at lakeside family reunions that featured many themes (some of us still have our hats and masks), universal birthday parties and memorable feasts. Conversations could be accompanied with tearful laughter and the deepest soul searching almost at once.
Throughout her life there were faithful canine and feline companions at her side: Gypsy, Mootsie, Randy, Tiger, Alex, Shadow, Tabitha and Ridge Lee. Her devotion to animals was reflected in many years of support and symbolic animal adoptions for the World Wildlife Fund.
Barbara's circle of friends will all tell of her professional pride, devotion, intelligence, sophisticated wit and a generously shared sense of humor. None will say that she was anything but the dearest and most faithful of friends. She was steel willed and could be quite stubborn. These characteristics carried her through many a tough time. Always preferring to give than to receive. No one was more trust worthy than Barbara.
Barbara received her Nursing Degree from Cornell University, New York Hospital, School of Nursing and her Master's Degree from The University of New Hampshire.
Her health care career spanned a generation. Barbara worked many years with the The Visiting Nurse Association of New Canaan, CT., She became the Continuing Care Coordinator for Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT and then was The Director of The Stamford Visiting Nurse Association. She relocated to New Hampshire to become The Director of The Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association, based in Stratham. Barbara founded a Hospice program that served New Canaan, CT and the surrounding area and was instrumental in creating barrier free access to many sites there as well. She was a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a member of the Association for the Study of Dreams. Everyone she worked with and served had the utmost respect for her unfailing professionalism.
Barbara was very active in her church communities in South Salem, NY, New Canaan, CT and Exeter, NH. She was a musician and she sang with many choirs in her lifetime.
The daughter of Charles Russell Lewis Haight and Alice C. Spangler, Barbara was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY. She was married in New York City to James H. Leake (1927 – 1988) and with him raised their two children in Lewisboro, NY. She then moved to New Canaan, CT before settling in New Hampshire. Barbara died in Westmoreland, NH from complications of respiratory disease.
Barbara leaves her son, Christopher James Leake, her daughter, Janice Leake Bullard, Grand Daughter Leigh Christine Bullard and Son in Law, Robert K. Bullard. Loved by her cousins, David Leake McClelland, Rachel Wilson, Sara I. McClelland, Ellen Lesser McClelland and lifelong friend Carol Lasher.
May her morning journeys take her to the lakes. The call of the loon will let us know she is there.
A private memorial gathering will be held in the spring in Peterborough, NH