Maureen Elizabeth Blair-Leighton passed away peaceful in the early morning of Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances, Ontario.

Maureen was born on August 22, 1927 in Belfast County Down, Ireland. She was the only child of Ralph and Helen Harding. The family moved to Dublin shortly after Maureen’s birth. She was educated in Ireland and, after graduating, moved to London where she worked for several years. She then moved to Australia for three years, first working in Melbourne and later transferring to Sydney.

While in Australia, she visited all the states and slept in a tent at the bottom of Ayers Rock in Alice Springs. She also spent a month on a cargo ship, travelling around Papua, New Guinea. The journey home from Australia was very interesting—traveling to Hong Kong, then on to Bangkok, which was fascinating. She then went on to Calcutta and New Delhi, India, with a visit to see the Taj Mahal, completing a lifelong ambition.

Maureen returned to Ireland and then went on to London where she joined the Royal Overseas League. It was there that she met Hugh Blair-Leighton who was home visiting his parents. Their relationship developed, and they were married on May 5, 1965. The overseas house was where they always stayed when in London.

Maureen enjoyed gardening. She also took up golf rather than being a “golf widow” and recorded a hole in one. Maureen did volunteer work which she enjoyed, and was recognized for her 50 years of work for the La Verendrye Auxiliary.

In 2015, Maureen moved to Rainycrest.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Helen Harding; and her husband Hugh, who passed away on March 6, 2007.

In keeping Maureen’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.

Donations can be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.

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