GUILFORD – Ethel Gloria (Mattson) Leighton, 81, went to be with her Lord Nov. 9, 2012. She was born July 29, 1931, in Sangerville.
Gloria grew up in Monson and graduated valedictorian of her class at Monson Academy. Gloria’s hard work at several jobs led to her position as manager of the A & P, Dover-Foxcroft, where she retired at age 60. She was also a Stanley Home Products Affiliate for more than 30 years. Gloria’s joys in life were her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and her family and friends. She enjoyed doing for others, being a humble servant leader and a peacemaker, who was devoted to loving people and meeting their needs in practical ways. She was grateful to all who cared for her when she needed it most. Gloria was actively involved in the leadership of Guilford United Methodist Church and Mayo Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered for 12 years at Mayo Regional Hospital, plus served at Meals for ME, as well as being a member and past president of Guilford United Methodist Women and Abaris Club. She served on boards of Eastern Area Agency on Aging and was actively involved with RSVP. Throughout the years Gloria initiated “Soup Night” and the fund for Camp Mechuwana among many other local service projects.
Gloria is survived by her husband of 62 years, Clifford Leighton Jr. of Guilford; daughter, Vicki Corrington and her husband, Ben, of Camden; son, Bob Leighton and his wife, Marilyn, of Buchanan, Ga.; son, Dale Leighton and his wife, Diana, of Union; brother, Adolph Mattson and his wife, Rita, of Milo; sister, Hazel Richards and her husband, Roger, of Shirley; sister, Helen Lunt and her husband, John, of Warren; sister, Betty Stone and her husband, Mickey, of Monson; many other nieces, nephews, family members and friends, who were dear to her heart. Gloria was predeceased by her mother, Eleanor Blethen Mattson Degerstrom; and father, Gunnard Mattson; stepfather, Ernest Degerstrom; her brother, Phillip Mattson; and her sister, Peggy Weckhorst.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak St., Guilford. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Guilford United Methodist Church with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. Burial will be at Lawn Cemetery, Guilford. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Guilford United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 267, Guilford, ME 04443, for renovation of the fellowship hall in memory of Gloria Leighton. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.