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November 15, 2013

Mary B. Leslie

Mary B. Leslie

COOPERSTOWN — Mary Burr Leslie, 85, of Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 12, 2013, at Otsego Manor.

She was born on May 28, 1928, in Binghamton, daughter of the late Raymond and Josephine Lawlor Burr. Mary was raised in Cooperstown, was a graduate of Cooperstown High School and furthered her education at the College of New Rochelle.

On May 15, 1948, she was united in marriage with William G. Leslie in Saint Joseph’s Church, Richfield Springs. They shared a loving and devoted union of 47 years until his passing on Feb. 2, 1996.

Besides caring for a home and raising a family she worked as a secretary at Jones Oil Company and AT&T. In 1968 she went to work for Congressman Samuel Stratton where she worked as his administrative assistant for 20 years. She retired in 1988.

In her leisure time Mrs. Leslie found much relaxation traveling with her husband. Her friendly outgoing nature left her with a reputation that no one was a stranger to her. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her many friends and family especially her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary will always be remembered as fun loving, caring and helpful lady. She will be truly missed.

Surviving are a son, William G. Leslie Jr. and his wife, Margot of Chantilly, Va.; four daughters, Debbie Gerber and her husband, Richard of Cooperstown, Barbie Leslie of Satellite Beach, Fla., Pat Leslie-Aylor and her husband, Graham of Springfield, Va., Peggy Gray and her husband, Buzz of Madison, Miss.; two sisters-in-law, Susan Berry of Canandaigua, Elizabeth Focer of Plattsburgh; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents, and husband, William, she was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Burr.

Calling hours for Mrs. Leslie will be on Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs.

A graveside funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lakeview Cemetery, Richfield Springs with the Rev. Bernard Osei Ampong, pastor, St. Joseph the Worker R.C. Church, officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department or the Friends of Bassett. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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