Nancy Leet lost her courageous battle against cancer on Thursday October 13, 2011. Nancy was born in Binghamton, New York on February 23, 1930, daughter of Maurice Ladd and Virginia Edgecombe Ladd Ridley.She attended Cornell University. She married William “Bill” Leet June 30, 1951, who preceded her in death on April 26, 2006.
Nancy worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in New York City until moving to Long Island where their three children were born.
She is survived by her brother Mark Ridley (Nadine), Edenton, North Carolina;the three children, Wendy Leet Vertacnik (David) of Lawrence, Kansas, Curt Leet of Ely,Nevada and Betsy Leet Macy (Jeffrey) of Bend, Oregon, grandchildren Andrew Vertacnik (Nicole), Martin Vertacnik, Sean Leet, Aquilegia Leet, Alana Leet, Christina Macy and Kelsey Macy and 1 great grandchild, Drew Vertacnik; sister-in-law, Janet Rice and numerous nieces and nephews.
In 1971 they moved to Naperville, Illinois where she worked for North Central College and enjoyed working for the Dean of Students, helping the college students, until her retirement in 1986.
They were snowbirds for 23 years spending winters in North Fort Myers and summers at their home, “Hilltop,” south of Binghamton, NY, where Nancy had spent time as a young child. She spent her final years at the Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence, Kansas with wonderful new friends and terrific staff. Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care took care of Nancy for several months. The family suggests memorials in her name to any hospice organization and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
She was an active member of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, PTA, Pi Beta Phi, and PEO. She was involved in her church community wherever they lived, especially the Prayer Shawl Ministry in Florida. Nancy was one of the first volunteers of the Naperville Community Recycling Center. She has touched so many lives along the way with her positive and caring attitude. We will be forever thankful for the blessings she shared, of amazing love of her family and friends, and the incredible strength that she drew from our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Memorial services for Nancy Ellen Ladd Leet, 81, Lawrence will be held 2 p.m. Saturday November, 12, 2011 at Presbyterian Manor Chapel in Lawrence. Nancy died October 13, 2011 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. Burial was held in Vestal Hills Memorial Park in Vestal, New York on October 22, 2011.
To Nancy’s family: We felt blessed to get to know Nancy during these last few years at the Presbyterian Manor. She was one of the brightest stars at the Manor, always smiling and trying to find ’the best’ in every situation. Our hearts are very sad for you. We know she will be missed enormously. What a treasure that we got to know this phenomenal woman. Sara Grier
Wendy, Curt, Betsy and your families:
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during your time of loss. May you find comfort in knowing we thought very highly of Nancy and Bill and had a special place in our hearts for each of them. They welcomed us into their homes with joy and we shared many happy moments wherever they greeted us, whether it was in NY, IL, PA, or FL. May God keep watch over the family. Your Mom always closed her notes, cards and emails to us with Blessings; we give back to you…..Blessings, Tom and Nancy Ficht