Ann Marie Leach, 62, of Raymond passed away on June 19, 2019. She was born on July 10, 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Frank and Rita Figucia. Ann Marie and her younger brother, Jon Figucia grew up in Westbrook.
Ann Marie graduated from Westbrook High School, and went on to attend Ricker College. She received her Masters degree in social work from Brown University.
Ann Marie met her husband, Bobby Leach, of 39 years when he was stationed at the Brunswick Naval Air Base. During their marriage, she spent many years as a Navy wife, and took on roles as the ombudsman for her husband’s various ships. Over the years, the family was stationed in Hawaii, California, Florida, and New Jersey, before finally returning to Ann Marie’s childhood home in Westbrook to raise their children.
Ann Marie’s greatest joy was caring for others, including family, friends, co-workers, and animals. Despite battling terminal illness, she was so grateful to be able to spend the last two years with her granddaughter, Samantha, making memories.
Ann Marie loved to travel with family, often to attend Broadway shows and concerts.
She was also involved with an animal rescue organization that re-homed abandoned and abused dogs, a cause very close to her heart. Ann Marie adopted many pets over the years, including two rescue dogs, Coal and Beau, who will greatly miss the way she spoiled them.
Ann Marie was an amazing advocate for the underprivileged in both her personal and professional life. Over the course of her career, she worked with disabled individuals, including veterans, in many capacities. She was stubborn, unapologetically honest, and passionate about her beliefs, including political causes.
Ann Marie stood up for what she believed in, and encouraged others to do the same. She was the ultimate fighter, a force to be reckoned with, even when the odds were stacked against her. She loved fiercely and with her whole heart.
Ann Marie is survived by her husband, Bobby, her son, Derrick, and his wife, Kristi, her daughter, Marita, her only granddaughter, Samantha, her sister-in-laws, beloved nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, great-aunts and great-uncles, and many cousins.
A celebration of Ann Marie’s life will be held on Sunday, July 7 from 12-4pm at the Windham Veterans Center, located at 35 Veterans Memorial Drive, Windham, 04062.