Helen Bartlett Leckemby, 107, passed away peacefully in the arms of her family at her home Jan 18, 2005, in Las Vegas. Her life spanned the turning of two centuries and a transition from horse drawn carriages to cars, to landing on the Moon and even landing on Mars. Her zest for life and listening ear will be sorely missed. She rescued many of us from ourselves many times. She loved us unconditionally and thoroughly. Known to her family as "Nana", she was, and always will be, our confidante, our salvation, and our muse. Only Heaven's Empyrean can hold her now. . . and how lucky they are! Helen was born Oct 24, 1897, in Damariscotta Mills, Maine, to Ella Boynton Bartlett and Lee John Bartlett. Her great-great-grand uncle was Josiah Bartlett, the second signer of the Declaration of Independence. Helen married the Reverend Joseph Clarence Leckemby on Nov 27, 1917. She was the mother of four girls, Marion Ruth, Betty Jean, Mary Edge and Helen Ann. During her life, she was a spiritual mentor to many family and friends. She was a minister's wife and faithful assistant for 47 years and after the death of her husband, she continued her own ministry of Sunday school classes until she was in her late nineties. While in Las Vegas, when she was a founding member of the West Oakey Baptist Church, where she taught a women's Sunday school class called LOTEA "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms". She lived in Las Vegas with her daughter, Betty Jean, during the early 70's and 80's, continuing her ministry when she returned to live on the East Coast in Southwest Harbour, Maine. She lived with her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Judith Bradshaw-Rojas, and Will Rojas, for the last seven years, and moved with them from Virginia back to Las Vegas in 2002. She lived a life of faith and taught her family the importance of unconditional love by example. She was always curious and interested to hear the latest exploits of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren and great great great-grandchildren. She was the happiest when any or all of the six generations of her descendants gathered for family diners and parties. On her 105th birthday celebrated in Las Vegas, she was asked by a news reporter to name the most significant event in her life. She immediately replied, "When women were given the right to vote in 1920." Helen was proud to have voted in every presidential election since that date, including the recent election. When asked to name her favorite President, she replied Franklin Delano Roosevelt because "He changed people's lives with his social security program." She read the Bible through once a year and was an avid reader visiting the library every two to three weeks for another stack of books. She kept a daily journal for most of her life, which now will bring comfort to those who miss her. She was an excellent writer and an accomplished seamstress who sewed not only clothes for her own daughters, but her granddaughters as well. She braided room-sized rugs well into her 90's and knit countless sweaters. Helen was always up for a game of bridge. She was an avid life long Red Sox fan and her greatest thrill in years was their 2004 World Series victory. She is survived by three daughters, Betty Jean Mace of Pahrump, Mary Edge Vonhemert of Friendship, Maine and Helen Ann Miles of Denver; 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 16 great great-grandchildren with one on the way, and 4 great great great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, the Reverend Joseph Clarence Leckemby; and her eldest daughter, Marion Ruth Moore. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Bunkers Mortuary, 925 Las Vegas Blvd North. S. Don Bennion, Jr. and Pastor Dick Bauer will preside. Friends may call or visit at the Bunker Chapel up to one hour prior to services. Her family will accompany her ashes for burial next to her husband at the Fairmount Cemetery in Denver at a time later this month.