SHIRLEY M. LELAND

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:18 p.m.

ALTON – Shirley M. Leland, 66, beloved wife of Francis H. Leland, passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2004, following a courageous battle with cancer at her home surrounded by family. She was born April 17, 1937, in Old Town, a daughter of Edward and Maude (Martin) Ketchen. Shirley was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She devoted her life to the special times with family and friends. She enjoyed family get-togethers, barbecues, camping, fishing, and especially enjoyed participating in all sorts of activities with the grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Francis Leland of Alton; six children, daughter, Tammy Kennedy and her husband, John, of Alton, sons, Butch Leland and his wife, Debbie, of Old Town, Bill Leland, Bobby Leland and his wife, Milly, Bud Leland and his wife, Stacey, and Matt Leland and his wife, Cathy, all of Alton; 13 grandchildren, Jamie Kennedy, Tammy Leland and boyfriend, Chris Watters, Mark Rogers, Derek Leland, Tianna Leland, Lynda Leland, Shawn Leland and wife, Audra, Kristie Leland, Dana Leland, Whitney Leland, Brad Leland, Mikala Leland, and Cooper Leland; four great-grandchildren, Emily Watters, Dillon Leland, Isabella Leland, and Lillyana Leland; special “city friend” Tommy Foster, beloved friend, Ellie Bassett, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; a son, Bruce Leland; three brothers, Edward Ketchen Jr., Willis Ketchen, and Raymond Pete; four sisters, Florence Salang, Pauline Agrell, Phoebe Tilley, Clara Saunders, and special nephew, Hugh M. “Junior” Hicks. She was a gracious hostess to friends and relatives. Her wit, positive attitude and enthusiasm for life will be remembered forever. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where a funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday. Gifts in memory of Shirley may be sent to Hospice of Eastern Maine, care of Eastern Maine Charities, PO Box 404, Bangor, ME 04402-0404. www.dignitymemorial.com

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