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Leatrice Gamage

Leatrice Gamage

December 25, 1923 - December 9, 2019
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MOYOCK, NC - The world lost one of its most exceptional souls on Monday, December 9, 2019 when Leatrice Christina Gamage, age 95, peacefully passed away in her Moyock, North Carolina home surrounded by loving family members.

Leatrice was born in New Durham, NH on Christmas Day, 1923 to Ruby Christina Stewart & John Tracey. She was raised in Bremen, Maine with her three siblings and her mother where she helped support her family by dropping out of school and working varied jobs, including cleaning fish and hooking rugs. This self-effacing surrender of her education was the beginning of Leatrice growing into one of the strongest, most benevolent, selfless women that the world has ever be graced with.

Leatrice met Eliot Menzis Gamage in the late 1930’s, and they were married August 31, 1940. They spent 67 years creating, flourishing and cherishing their family together. The couple welcomed their first son, Lee, born in Rockland, followed by Seth and Wayne. During those lean times, Leatrice would make clay out of flour and water, which kept the boys occupied for hours at the kitchen table. In 1955, the family moved to Mexico, Maine, and it was here that they were blessed with their only daughter, Janet, welcomed by three big brothers.

Throughout these years, Leatrice could always be found working, be it in her kitchen creating delicious meals and desserts on a small budget, or working in retail shops, diners and the like. Leatrice was an extremely hard worker. She personally worked diligently to advance her reading and writing skills. Despite very little formal education, Leatrice was very bright, enjoyed reading & word games and even into her 95th year, she was a highly competitive Cribbage player.

In 1978, Leatrice and Eliot retired and purchased their treasured home on Gamage Lane in Rockland where they could look out at sunsets over beautiful Penobscot Bay. Not long after, their daughter Janet and her two children, Andrea and Tom, moved in. Leatrice and Eliot were both very happy to have the time to help raise their grandchildren and immeasurably aided in producing two bright, compassionate and driven adults.

If Leatrice did not win you over with her sparkling smile or her infectious laugh often heard in the house on Gamage Lane, she could certainly do so with her cooking! She concocted magnificent meals for her large and constantly growing family and friends. Leatrice and Eliot eventually counted eleven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She continued to devise delicious holiday family feasts well into her late 80’s! Those that knew her will remember her common saying that “I am not stubborn! I am determined!” And, yes, she was! This was proven time and time again, as Leatrice cared for Eliot after a stroke that left him chair bound. In her 80’s, Leatrice could pull all 225 pounds of Eliot out of his wheelchair with one hand and make it look easy!

After 95 meaningful years, Leatrice was eager to join her husband, Eliot Gamage, her daughter and best friend, Janet Erickson, her granddaughters, Andrea Lea Farrell and Bonnie Lee Gamage Seymour, and her great granddaughter, Nikole Gamage who preceded her in death. She is succeeded by her sons and daughters-in-law, Lee and Susan Gamage of North Carolina, Seth and Mary Fran Gamage of North Carolina, and Wayne and Brenda Gamage of Maine, as well as her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and countless friends.

In her 95 years, Leatrice touched so many lives and inspired those that knew her to strive to be their best possible selves. We are blessed to have known and loved this compassionate and amazing woman. Please join us in celebrating the life and accomplishments of Leatrice Christina Gamage on Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerick Street, Rockland, ME 04841, from 5:00PM - 7:00PM. The funeral and graveside service will be held at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home on Friday, May 15th, 2020 at 11:00AM.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday May 14, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday May 14, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    Address
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
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  • Service

    Wednesday May 15, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday May 15, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    Address
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Achorn Cemetery
    Address
    Old County Road
    Rockland, ME 04841
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