Barbara Ann (Appleton) Leighton

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Barbara A. Leighton
1934 - 2017
FAIRFIELD - Barbara Ann Appleton Leighton, 83, of Fairfield, passed peacefully, May 9, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family and friends. Barbara was born Jan. 3, 1934, in Barre, Vt. to Vivian Lillian Cleora Dodge Appleton and William Raymond Appleton.
She grew up in West Newbury, Vt., and graduated high school among a class of only nine students. She attended University of Vermont School of Nursing, where she graduated with her B.S.N. in 1956. Barbara worked in pediatric nursing at hospitals in California, New York, and Waterville, Maine, including Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, U.C.L.A Medical Center, Los Angeles Children's Hospital, and Sisters Hospital, from 1956 until 1971, and taught nursing from 1972 until her retirement in 1978.
Barbara married Franklin Milo Leighton on April 14, 1963. The couple moved to Fairfield where they raised their sons and lived the rest of their lives. Barbara was a dedicated, creative, innovative mother and grandmother, and encouraged her sons to explore any subject that interested them. From judo to football, and rock collecting to meteorology, she found inventive ways to encourage her sons to have the curiosity and courage to try new things. She was always attentive and supportive of her boys, their children, and their friends.
Barbara enjoyed many artistic activities, including painting, jewelry making, and even tried her hand at scrimshaw. Her favorite hobby was cooking, and she had a great passion for trying new recipes. Barbara was very generous, and often gave pieces of jewelry she had made, and shared her recipes and was delighted to feed family and friends at every opportunity. If you met her you left with a piece of jewelry, a recipe, a full heart and a full belly. No one who met her was ever the same; she taught us all things we will keep with us all our lives. She made everyone feel special.
Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Franklin Milo Leighton and her favorite aunt, Bertina Prior of Wallingford Conn.
She is survived by sons, Scott Franklin Leighton of Clinton, and Marc Raymond Leighton and his wife, Tina, of Fairfield; and four grandchildren, Kyle, Zachary, Scott, and Kaylie.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held for Barbara at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield on Saturday, May 13. from 10 a.m. to noon.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations in
Barbara's memory may be made to:
American Lung
Association of Maine
122 State St.
Augusta, ME 04330

Funeral Home
Fairfield, ME 04937
(207) 453-6049
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Published in Central Maine on May 12, 2017