Marian Leder (1935 - 2012)

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Marian Leder went home to be with Jesus on Sunday the 14th of October, the culmination of a three-year battle with cancer. She was born on January 7th, 1935 in Helston, Cornwall, England.
Marian grew up in England and studied Nursing and Radiology at Guy's Hospital School of Nursing in London. She was a very adventurous soul and in 1960 she journeyed to Vancouver, Canada with a couple of friends to work at Vancouver General Hospital. She learned to ski at Mt. Baker and spent all her time off hiking, camping and exploring the countryside. In 1963 she ventured even further north to Sitka, Alaska when she saw an ad for nurses in a magazine. Her first of many nursing jobs in Alaska was at the Sitka Community Hospital. She also worked for many years at the Pioneer Home in Sitka.
It was in Sitka that she met and married Gene Charles Leder and became the mother of four children. She learned to fish and hunt and cook everything they caught.
Marian loved to read the bible and taught all her children the love of Jesus. She also loved sewing, gardening and hiking.
After 35 years in the nursing profession Marian retired in 1995 and moved to Lynden, WA. Not one to officially retire, she continued taking care of people by taking blood pressures at the Lynden Senior Center, dog and house sitting for friends and many other activities to keep her busy. She loved having the view of Mt. Baker reminding her of when she first moved to North America.
In June of 2012 Marian moved back to Alaska to be closer to family. She always considered Alaska to be her home. She had a wonderful summer with family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Cyril and Dorothy Bodle and her husband, Gene Charles Leder.
Marian is survived by her children; Wendy Leder (Michael Kingery) of LasVegas NV , Wayde Leder (Jean) of Fairbanks, AK, Sandra Leder Bryant (Scott Bryant) of Forest, VA , Gary Leder (Juli) of Juneau. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren; Daniel Leder (lindsey) of Juneau, Haley Leder (Alessio Cardella) of Caltanisetta, Italy , Barbara Leder of Fairbanks , James Leder of Fairbanks , Karen Leder of Juneau, Margaret Bryant of Forest VA, and Ricky Kingery of Las Vegas.
Marian was a courageous woman with a heart of gold. She was kind to everyone she met and was full of joy. She loved the Lord with all her heart. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday the 25th of October at 6:00pm at the Juneau Church of Christ Annex located at 8755 Trinity Dr. Juneau, Alaska. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be sent to Love INC of Juneau.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Oct. 21 to Nov. 20, 2012
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