2013-11-01 / Obituaries

Marjorie “Shirley” Hopwood Leach

Marjorie “Shirley” Hopwood Leach, of Kennebunkport, born March 12, 1933, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, after struggling with Alzheimer’s for several years. She was surrounded by her husband and three daughters in her last days.

She was born in Newton, Mass., the daughter of Marjorie Cruiser Tuttle Hopwood and Harold George Hopwood.

Shirley moved to Fallbrook, Calif., as a child with her mother. She spent most of her time with her older brother, Norman Tuttle, who nicknamed her “Mugsy.” In California her grandmother stitched ballet outfits and her mother tied her hair in ringlet curls — before she went off and roller skated to her heart’s content.

She became godmother to her niece, Pam Tuttle, before moving back to Litchfield, N.H. to be with her beloved father.

Shirley married her sweetheart, Arthur D. Leach, at age 21. They studied together at the University of New Hampshire and then went to Cornell University where Arthur received his PhD in agricultural engineering. Arthur’s military career took them to Germany for two years. After returning to the United States, Arthur started a career with the Rockefeller Foundation requiring he and Shirley to move to places such as Chile, Africa and India. Shirley involved herself with volunteer activities, many involving her girls’ educational and social curriculums. Shirley would always “hang out her shingle” to all their friends, many visitors and a few strays who passed through their homes. Shirley welcomed everyone and anyone into her homes and many have attached a heartstring.

Shirley began her career at Kennebunk Savings Bank in 1976 when the Leach family returned to their summer home on a permanent basis. Shirley later worked for Mobile Marine Services and eventually retired.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 60 years, Arthur D. Leach; daughter Kinder H. Wilson, of Kennebunkport, and Kinder’s sons, Quanah and Marshall Wilson, of Estero, Fla.; daughter Jill I.L. Sarver, and her husband, Michael, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and daughter-Monica .B Noyes, and her husband, Jonathan, and their two children, Rkiya and Ryder, of Kennebunkport; and “adopted son,” Ali Hussain, and his wife, Khatija, and their children, Hyder and Seda, of Lockerbie, Scotland.

She will remain in the hearts of family members forever.

Services were held Oct. 18-19 at Bibber’s Funeral Home in Kennebunk. In keeping with all the exceptional hospice care that Shirley received and her love of life and animals, memorial donations can be made to www.amedisys.com/assets/pdfs/hospice_ fund_ donation_ form.aspx. Write in Beacon Hospice, York, Maine, for Alzheimer’s. Or donate to www.animalwelfaresociety.org/spt_ donate.php.

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