ELLSWORTH – After many months of showing cancer who was boss, Leah Salisbury Allen, moved peacefully to the next chapter of her life April 5, 2012, in Ellsworth. She was born July 25, 1935, in Ellsworth, the daughter of Ernest M. and Elinor (Bradbury) Salisbury.
Leah was a graduate of Ellsworth High School, class of 1952. She was married to Forrest Allen for 55 years until his passing in 2010. Leah began her banking career with Union Trust Co. in the bookkeeping department at the young age of 17. During her 45-year tenure with the bank she took great pride in her job performance and how the customers were served. During this time she saw many changes within her vocation. Leah retired in 1997 at age 62 as assistant vice president – deposit services officer. She was a member of Ellsworth Historical Society and Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was very active and instrumental in growing Ellsworth Alumni Association, serving as treasurer for many years. In her lifetime Leah volunteered for many civic and non-profit organizations helping to support and raise money for community events. Known best for her sense of humor and larger than life personality, Leah was blessed to have many friends not only locally, but throughout the U.S. as well. To say her passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of many is an understatement. The thoughts, prayers, visits, food and well wishes in the last year and a half of her life gave her much encouragement. Though stoic by nature, the gratitude she felt to all who helped her was great and the tremendous outpouring of love for her carried her through this time. The list of names would simply fill a page for all of you who supported her. Special thanks however must be given to her friends that were with her each and every day, taking her to appointments, staying with her, grocery shopping for her, collecting her mail, running errands and helping her maintain her home – Patti Higgins, Roberta Keep, Mary Maddocks and Cathy Damp. She will be forever grateful for all that you did. To have friends who are like sisters is one of life’s truest blessings.
Leah is survived by several nieces and nephews, Robert Lowther and wife, Shelly, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Teresa Pinkham and husband, Harrison, of Ellsworth, Debbie Tucker, John Salisbury of Florida, Don Greenwood and wife, Keta, of Mariaville, William Fogel, Megan McGreevy, Laura Kurtz and husband, Henry Cross, of New Jersey; and a very special niece to whom she was like a second mother, Paige Wojtowicz and her husband, Larry of Florida. Known for her wonderfully creative and thoughtful gift giving, she will be dearly missed by her great-nieces, Ella Claire Wojtowicz and Lauren Cross; and great-nephews, Evan Palmer Wojtowicz and Ben Ryan Deale Lowther. She was predeceased by her parents; husband; brothers, Henry Salisbury and Deale Salisbury; two sisters, Marion Fogle and Earlene McGreevy; and a nephew, Ron Greenwood.
A celebration of life will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at First Congregational Church UCC, 2 Church St., Ellsworth. A reception will be immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Leah’s memory may be made to Ellsworth High School Alumni Association, care of Leah Allen Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 11, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at