SOUTH GARDINER -- Juanita D. Leighton, 87, of River Road died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care at Glenridge.
She was born in Bangor on Sept. 9, 1916, a daughter of Charles and Lillian Bell Dore. Juanita loved her family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She was very caring and had a great sense of humor. Many, many, friends -- and especially her bridge-playing friends -- loved her.
She was predeceased by her husband, M. Roger Leighton; her son, David R. Leighton; her sister, Dorothy Rogers; and three brothers, Reginald Dore, Charles "Buzz" Dore and Beverly Dore.
She is survived by her daughters, Carol Leighton and Darlene Grover, both of Farmingdale; daughter-in-law Margaret Briggs of Winthrop; her sister, Bernice Leighton of South Gardiner; five grandchildren, Steve Leighton, John Leighton, Gregg Leighton, Shannon Robbins and Stephanie Grover; four great-grandchildren, Sarah and Carly Leighton and Noah and Mary Robbins; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visiting hours will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday. Burial will follow in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Pet Haven Lane, Augusta 04330