FREEPORT – Marihalie Browning Leeman was born on December 20, 1929 in Millersville, Alabama. Her father was John Daniel and her mother was Dora Lee Lowry Browning.
As a small child, the family moved to Ashland, Alabama. Marihalie graduated from Clay County High School and attended Auburn University. She worked for the American Agricultural Chemical Company in Montgomery, Alabama and the Anniston Memorial Hospital in Anniston, Alabama. Her sense of adventure led her to the FBI in Washington DC
Marihalie Leeman met Bill Leeman, the love of her life, in Washington DC while working for the FBI. The first time she was in a canoe was with Bill on the Potomac. After some time in Anniston, Alabama, they moved to Machias, Maine to be near Bill’s family. Marihalie did not work outside the home until her daughters were older and she worked for the Maine State Department of Social Services. Each summer, Bill and Marihalie would take the kids camping at places like Baxter State Park, Cathedral Pines and travel to southern Alabama to visit his family.
Marihalie volunteered at the Augusta General Hospital for 10 years. She has volunteered at the Bread of Life Food Kitchen and the Sacred Heart Food Kitchen. She didn’t like the idea of children going hungry. His hobbies were bingo, reading, sewing, walking, and in his youth, cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, fishing, kayaking, and flower gardening. Marihalie was very involved in her church and the daily Bible readings.
She was predeceased by her mother, father, husband Bill, six brothers: Kiffin, Jamie, Ned, Harold, Edwin, Donald and sister Dannie Lee.
She is survived by her sister, Barbara Anne, five daughters: Donna Parkinson (Freeport, married to Glenn Parkinson), Anita Leeman (South Portland), Gloria Leeman (Augusta, and her guardian Tim Piper-Martin), Teresa Leeman (South Portland) and Mary Colcord (Boothbay Harbor, married to Larry Colcord).
She is also survived by grandchildren: Patrick Lyons, Halie Goodspeed, Jonathan Lyons, Tallie Colcord and Nathaniel Colcord and two great grandchildren, Jack Collum Lyons and Charlie Gregory Goodspeed.
The family would like to thank the staff at Coastal Landing of Brunswick and Southern Maine Hospice for their support and advice.
Arrangements are made with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, keepsakes and photos can be shared with family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Salvation Army or The Good Shepherd Food Bank.