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Maryalice  Leach
  • St. Michael Indian School, PO Box 650, St Michaels, AZ 86511
  • United Negro College Fund, 1805 7th Street, NW, Washington DC 20001

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“Dear Tom, VeAnn, Abbie, & CJ, Steve & I were very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/grandmother. It's very difficult to lose a loved one...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Valerie McLeodd - Melrose, MA

“My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. While I never had the pleasure of meeting her, I had heard the stories about what a wonderful,...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Sue Daly - Melrose, MA

“Dear George, David, and Tom. Please accept our condolences for the passing of your mother. Our thoughts are with all of you. Bill, Adele, Paul, Ed,...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“George, David, Tom and all of your families - I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Anne Bartlett - Hudson, FL

“Dear George and Family,I am so very sorry to learn of your beloved Mom's passing. Thinking of you and praying for you at this very difficult time...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Candy Rogers - Gilford, NH

“I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“George - your mom sounds like an amazing woman - i am so sorry , no matter how old we are , we are never ready - sending warm thoughts to you and...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Bettyna Donelson - Ashburnham, MA

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss Tom and Veanne, She sounds like she was a wonderful women and lead a woderful life. Our deepest symphany Pat...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Pat Richard and Richie Barney - MA

“Our thoughts are with you all. Your mom was one of a kind and will be missed! ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Michelle Brodeur - Melrose, MA


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Mrs. Maryalice Leach, a longtime Melrose resident, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was 95 years old.

Mrs. Leach was born July 18, 1921 in Chicago, daughter of the late Edward Fargo and Mary (Karl) Fargo. She was raised in Wakefield and Medford, and graduated from Medford High School. She proudly served as a Navy WAVE during World War II before pursuing her Bachelor's and Masters degrees from Salem State College.

Maryalice was best characterized by her role as the quintessential matriarch of a very large and extended family. She leaves behind an inspiring legacy of love and memories, that mission approached with a happy heart, legendary spunk, and great humor.

She worked as a special education teacher for many years. Her curiosity and intrepid nature led to extensive national and international traveling experiences.

An avid gardener, she was an active participant in the Melrose Garden Club for over
60 years. Her great love for books, reading 2-3 per week throughout her life, led her to being a board member of the Friends of Melrose Public Library for many years. She served as a member of the League of Women Voters and the Melrose and Stoneham Arts and Crafts Society.

Maryalice was the beloved wife of the late Maj. George A. Leach Jr., USAF retired, to whom she was married for over 60 years. Devoted mother of George A. Leach of Melrose, David A. Leach and his wife Nina of Watchung, NJ, and Thomas A. Leach and his wife VeAnn of Melrose and the late Laurel A. Leach. Dear sister of Nancy Poirier of Tucson, AZ, William Fargo of Medford, and the late Elizabeth Kenney, Edward Fargo, Barbara Brennan, and Patricia Sollitto. Cherished grandmother of Megan, Timothy, Carolyn, Abigail and CJ Leach. Many dearly loved nieces and nephews mourn her loss.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather in honor and remembrance of Maryalice's life at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield for her Funeral Mass celebrated on Friday, December 16 at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Michael Indian School, PO Box 650, St Michaels, AZ 86511 or United Negro College Fund, 1805 7th Street, NW, Washington DC 20001.