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Margaret Hodge Leake

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Margaret Hodge Leake Obituary

Born 1921 in Toronto, Canada to Mary Moffat and Dr. William Ray Hodge, Margaret died at Saratoga Hospital, NY on January 21st at the age of 95.

Margaret (Peggy) Hodge Leake - pre-deceased by her husband Richard A. Leake - is survived by: her sister Jocelyn Hodge Lee (and husband Douglas Lee) of Toronto, Canada, her daughters Jocelyn Ray Hand of Stoughton MA, Nancy Hand Higby (and husband, David Higby) of Salem NY, Wendy Wallace Hand (and wife Claudine Klein) of Greenwich NY, as well as by their siblings, Julie White O'Reilly of Watertown MA, Bill White of Warren VT, John Hand of Greenwich NY, Paul B. Leake of Mill Valley CA, David C. Leake of Guilford CT, Elvy Leake Draft of Chicago IL and Alan Leake of Bennington VT.

Peggy loved and was loved by her two grandchildren, James Aaron Higby of Warren VT and Maggie Jean Higby of Montpelier VT, her many, many wonderful Leake and White step-grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her treasured Canadian nieces and nephews and grands. She was pre-deceased by her foster sister, Nancy Fraser Brooks, and foster brothers, Ian Fraser and Donald Fraser of Toronto, Canada.

Peggy's life trajectory was greatly affected in 1939 when she set sail from Great Britain with her mother and sister, heading for their home in Canada on the British ship, Athenia. Firing on the passenger liner without warning, Germany struck its first World War II blow. Peggy and her sister were rescued. Their mother and 111 fellow passengers perished at sea. Peggy was taken in by a Scottish family and cared for until she could be re-united with her sister who had been taken, following the disaster, directly to Toronto. The two teenagers were welcomed into the home of, and then raised by, family friends Mary and Dr. Donald Fraser, Sr.

Peggy received her degree in child study at the University of Toronto. She taught nursery school, kindergarten, and special education. She worked for seven years in the Southern Adirondack Library System, Saratoga Springs, NY, traveling weekly with the Bookmobile to deliver books to remote Adirondack locations where she was often welcomed by the grateful residents with a dozen fresh eggs or a jar of homemade preserves. She was a contributing and treasured member of her community and will be sorely missed by her many good friends. Until her sight declined, she was a volunteer at the Bennington VT and Greenwich NY libraries as well as at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Bennington VT.

Peggy was a true friend and a devoted mother and grandmother, always happy to offer kind and comforting words with a cup of tea and sweet buttery homemade cookies, and good for sharing a laugh at life's foibles. She was an avid knitter, and her survivors will continue to wear her many creations in gratitude and in her loving memory.

SERVICES: A celebration of Peggy's life will take place with family, friends and birds by the river in the spring.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Peggy's name to the Bennington and Greenwich Libraries.

Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 25, 2017
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