Patricia Leiby
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Obituary of Patricia Ruth Leiby

Patricia Ruth (Newsome) Leiby, our dear mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, died last Saturday morning, January 19, 2019. She was at home with two of her sons, her grandson and daughter in-law. She was born on June 26, 1933 in Weymouth to the late Paul Albert Newsome and Ruth Newsome (nee Taplin).

She is preceded in death by her husband and partner of 47 years, Clare C. Leiby Jr. and her eldest son Clare III (Chris). She is loved and missed by her sister Nancy Bailey; her three living sons, Paul, Jonathan and Benjamin Leiby; nephew and nieces Jeff, Kim and Dawn Bailey; and grandchildren, Kirstin and Jennifer Leiby, Nicholas and Nathan Leiby, and Scott, Tristan and Brandon Leiby, and Daniel Boone Leiby.

A long-time citizen of Bedford and member of the First Parish Church, she will be missed by many friends and family.

Patricia "Pat" grew up with her parents and sister in Weymouth, Newton, Cambridge, and finally in the home her father designed and built in Needham. She loved literature, New England, and was passionate about democracy and social justice.

Pat earned degrees in English Literature from Wellesley (BA) and the Univ. of IL (MA). Later in life, in keeping with her years of volunteer and professional service in support of public organizations and non-profit agencies, she returned to study and gained a degree in Public Administration from Harvard Extension.

She and Clare bought their family home in Bedford in 1955 and she worked tirelessly since to serve the Town of Bedford in a variety of ways over many years through the League of Women Voters, the Historical Society, the Democratic Town Committee, the Bedford Finance Committee, as well as appointments to several Town Boards.

She was the Democratic nominee for State Representative in 1977 and President of the Massachusetts Association of Town Finance Committees in 1986. All through her life, even to her last year at age 85, she insisted on finding meaningful work outside the home. She spent many years driving downtown to work for the League of Women Voters in Boston and First Parish Unitarian Universalist and Paine Senior Services in Cambridge. 

Pat was a lover of fine music, literature and the arts, and a lifelong learner. Books were among Pat’s cherished companions and she held onto her favorites for many years. She frequently attended the opera and Boston Symphony Orchestra with friends and family. She also loved leisurely perusing shops and buying jewelry and other crafts by local artists.  

Pat's love for and commitment to the First Parish in Bedford, its principles and good works, was also resolute and unfaltering. Among her many activities there include Sunday School teacher, Partner Church Committee, and multiple trips to the partner church in Romania. We are thankful for the church community's support of her as well.

Most importantly to us, her family, Pat selflessly gave and gave and gave and gave, down through the generations. We are all so grateful. She remained a major caregiver to her special needs teenage grandson, Tristan, whom she devotedly loved as she loved every in-law and out-law in the extended Leiby Family.

Pat had deep a reservoir of patience. She endured hardship and loss with strength and grace. Even in troubled times, she was forward looking and could maintain a spirit of adventure. Pat was always outnumbered in a house full of rowdy boys, but she was more than up to task. She loved her family dearly and provided them with steady nurturance throughout her life. 

The memorial Celebration of Life service for Patricia will be held in First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist, 75 The Great Road, Bedford on March 30th, 2019 at 2 pm. Please do come share your memories of her.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name to the First Parish in Bedford is most appreciated. Address is First Parish (on the Town Common), 75 The Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730.