On Aug. 17, 2020, Gladys Leach of Orland went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born June 1, 1934, in Bangor, the daughter of Stanley and Diana (Gilman) Lanpher. She was raised on Verona Island and attended Bucksport High School, where she met Norris Leach, the love of her life. They both knew it was true love the moment their eyes met. The love affair lasted for over 69½ years. They genuinely enjoyed every moment together and shared their love and friendship with everyone they met.
As a young girl, Gladys dreamed of becoming a beautician. She went on to fulfill that dream in the late 1960s, attending D’Lor Beauty School and then becoming the owner/proprietor of Cameo Coiffures hair salon, a highly successful enterprise she ran for over 27 years. She loved and adored her family and friends. Her gift of making and acquiring friends was evident to everyone she met. Those newfound friendships made during her travels spanned from Maine to Florida and beyond. They also resided in Silver Springs, Fla., for 14 years. She never met anyone she wouldn’t invite home so she could prepare them a delicious down-home country meal. Once she shared her culinary delights with strangers, they were hooked and would become part of her cherished group of lifelong friends. Gladys lived her life for the Lord and God’s light shined brightly through her for others to see. She will be deeply missed by her immediate family as well as all those extended family members acquired along the road of life.
She was predeceased by her father, Stanley Lanpher, when she was just 8 years old; her mother, Diana, and stepfather Bernard Bridges; her brother, Warren Lanpher; daughter in-law, Madeleine (Gay) Leach; several brothers- and sisters-in-law, Wallace Leach and wife, Eva, Melvin Adams, Harry Leach and wife, Marlene.
She is survived by her cherished husband, Norris Leach; son, Stanley Leach and wife, Diane; son, Timothy Leach and his wife, Rhonda; daughter, Wendy Leach and her partner Phil; grandchildren, Anna Macomber and husband, Matt, Bret Leach, Christopher Leach and wife Hannah (and soon to be baby Oskar), Josh Leach and wife, Emily, Kaylee Annette Richards and husband, Paul (P.J.), Andrew Findlay and girlfriend Lexi; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Isla Findlay, Jordyn and Jaxon Richards; sister, Della Clements and husband, Paul; brother, Bernard Bridges Jr. and wife, Shirley; sister-in-law, Doris Adams; and many very special nieces and nephews who were all a big part of her life.
She was a member of the Bucksport Methodist Church, The Red Hat Society, the Brewer Eagles Club No. 3177 Auxiliary, and formerly, the National Hairdressers Association.
Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services Bucksport (mitchelltweedie-young.com).