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September 28, 2009

Mary Leffler (Walker) Passed Away


Hi Bob,


I’m sorry to share this very sad news (and am not sure if you’ve already heard) but Mary Leffler Walker passed away on September 19th.   Carol O’Connell Harman and I attended her funeral service in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Saturday.  Here is the obituary: 


Mary Louise Leffler Walker
Beloved mother and inspirational educator Mary Louise Leffler Walker died September 19th in Colorado after a long, scrappy struggle with breast cancer. She was 58.
In Colorado, West Virginia and Delaware, Mary taught special education, won teaching awards and worked as a school principal. In addition to her passion for helping children learn, Mary could light up a room with her dazzling smile and infectious laugh.
Mary is survived by her three children, Kristie Betts Letter (husband Bobby), Nathan Walker (wife Melissa) and Jonathan Kim Walker; grandchildren Ella Rose Walker, Madeleine Louise Sargent, Penelope Mary Letter, Shane Kelly, Briannah Letter, and Kade Letter --to whom she will always be Mama Lou; her sisters Suzanne Leffler Frost and Barbara Leffler (husband Gary Drescher). Mary adored her cousins, Michelle Bredbenner and Jeannie Dillworth who were by her side at the moment of her passing, and her other cousins, nieces, nephews and relatives. Her family rallied around her at the end of her life and will rally in a celebration of her life near the ocean that she loved so much. Services will be at 11 a.m., All Saints Church, 18 Olive Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Komen Global Susan G. Komen for the Cure , P.O. Box 952291, Dallas, TX 75395-2291 or HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive E., Lafayette, CO 80026.


Although Mary’s cancer was in remission at the time of our reunion, it returned this spring.  I was honored to be one of the speakers at her service (we were next door neighbors in Potomac) and will forever remember her wonderful smile, laugh and her big heart.   


Thanks for sharing this information Bob and I hope all’s well with you.



Jane Aylor (Cunliffe)
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