I met Carol Leighty in first grade and we became fast friends. If she was'nt my house I was at hers. I remember many meals at the Leighty dinner table in their kitchen. Our families went on Sunday picnics together. We attended the same church for many years, had many family friends in common, and Mrs. Leighty and my mother worked in the school district together until retirement. I have such rich and wonderful memories of those times. A few years ago during Carols visit home from Germany, she suggested I paint her parents entire home. I am an artist, but I am also very good at painting rooms so I quickly agreed. I did one room at a time (ceilings included) and over the course of a month, upon finishing we decided I should continue to come around on a very regular basis. Getting to know Mr. and Mrs. L all over again was a very nice experience. It was like no time had passed. Their home was always happy and full of very good energy. Mr L. would always greet me so warmly and with his great smile, the house smelling of breakfast, with enough to share always if I accepted their invitations. I would miss them when they went to Florida for the winter and would look forward to their return. This past year brought permanent changes to this happy couple as Mr. Leighty didn't make it back. I will always feel his energy in the family home as I will continue to be a part of Mrs. Leighty's life when she returns there. It will still be a very happy home with wonderful energy because Mrs. L will be there with her beautiful smile and her great outlook on life...but I will really miss Mr. Leighty's presence and his wonderful ways.
Mrs. Leighty, Carol,Amy, and family. . . I extend my deepest condolences in this very great loss you have suffered. I pray in time your memories will sustain you and bring a smile and laughter, replacing the tears you now shed. Love and peace to you all. Sincerely, Barbara Scheid