Martha Leamen

Martha Alberta Leamen

Monday, March 9th, 1925 - Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
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In Memory of Martha Alberta Leamen
March 9, 1925 - August 25, 2020

Martha Leamen (nee Stewart) passed away peacefully at home, on August 25, 2020, surrounded by family. She was very fortunate to have celebrated her 95th birthday with a family party in March, just days prior to the start of COVID lockdown.

Martha was the beloved wife of Art for 66 years, and dearly missed him and their “road trips” when he predeceased her in 2015. She was the loving mother to Eddie (Alyce), the late Harvey, the late Randy (Heather), Gail (Barry), Barry, Cheryl (Peter), and Lynne, and the very proud grandma to 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. In her eyes, the more the merrier.

She was born in Goodwood, Ontario to Isabella (Taylor) and George Stewart, and was the younger sister to Murray and Winnie (Walker). Although she eventually moved away from Goodwood, she maintained her ties to the people and the area, and had an amazing knowledge of the local history and the family connections of many of the residents. She made it a point to return for the various “dinners” put on by the Goodwood United Church, so she could reconnect and visit with her many friends.

Martha and Art lived for many years in Scarborough, and raised their family there. She was an active member of the Hospital Auxillary at Scarborough Centenary and worked in the Gift shop for many years. She and Art were long time active members of the United Church (Church of the Master, Washington United, and Trinity United) and numerous social church groups. They moved to Newmarket in 1986 to be closer to family.
She enjoyed music, and played piano for theatre groups as a teenager, and later played piano and organ for family weddings, as well as her own enjoyment. She had numerous creative interests such as sewing, quilting, and knitting, and worked for several years for Lizanne’s Fabric Store, taking full advantage of the staff discounts offered.

Family, and food were very important to her, and they always went together. She was always ready, with a turkey in the freezer, to take part in a family party, or a road trip if it included a meal at the half-way point. In later years, she developed a love of the buffet at Mandarin, where she could enjoy whatever she wanted. She was very disappointed that eating-out was not possible due to COVID.
Martha was part of the amazing “super-generation”, who grew up with a strong work ethic, a clear moral compass, and an obvious love of family and friends. She enjoyed a long, active life with many friendships. She will certainly be missed.

Visitation will take place at Roadhouse and Rose on Monday August 31, from 3-5 pm.
Please call Roadhouse to RSVP a time slot:
1st Visitation 3-4pm,
2nd Visitation 4-5 pm

Outdoor funeral service (for limited numbers as per COVID) at Goodwood Cemetery, on Tuesday Sept 1, 11:00 am
Please bring masks; Bring lawn chairs and umbrellas if needed.

Donations may be made to THE WAR AMPS / Child Amputee Program (CHAMPS) at
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Service Details

  • Interment

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Goodwood Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Goodwood, Ontario
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Private Condolence

Sibylle Foppa

Posted at 04:50pm
Dear Gail, Cheryl, Lynne and Barry,
I learned of your mom's passing belatedly and wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of you. I only knew Martha in her last few months, but I became fond of her during the time I spent with her, chatting and setting up video calls for her. She loved you all so much and was so proud of you; you were the centres of her universe. And even when she was upset or in pain, I could always tell that she was a really nice person. I am sad that she is gone, but so very glad that she got her heart's desire and was able to be in her home again before she died. All the best to you during this difficult time.
Sibylle Foppa from the patient family liaison team at Southlake

Richard & Jeannette Jollimore

Posted at 05:57pm
Our deepest sympathy to all of Martha's family. We just saw the obituary today and were saddened to read your Mom had passed. Treasure your wonderful memories as they are many. We always felt honored to enjoy your parent's invitations to special occasions after Richard and your Dad retired from Kodak. Your Mom's lovely newsy letters keeping us updated about her much loved family were always well received. Thinking of all of you at this sad time.

Richard & Jeannette Jollimore
Okotoks, Alberta

Joy Sawyer Snelgrove

Posted at 07:23pm
Gail, Barry, and the family...
So sorry to learn of your loss. You know Martha's spirit will be with you always.

John & Doreen Russell

Posted at 09:35am
Gail. Barry and Family,
Remembering a strong, loving woman who truly savoured life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kelly Angevaare

Posted at 09:04am
Thinking of you all during this difficult time, and sending love. I will remember her warm smile and genuine interest in everyone’s wellbeing.

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