Obituary: Jessie M. Leach – Portland Press Herald

Jessie Leach

KENNEBUNK —Jessie Moody Leach, 87, of Kennebunk, died Feb. 8, 2022.

She was born on September 24, 1934 in Rockland, Maine to Jesse and Edna (Page) Moody. She spent her childhood in Newcastle, Maine before moving to Kennebunk in 1947.

After graduating from Kennebunk High School in 1952, she attended the Golden School of Beauty and Culture in Portland. She worked as a hairstylist at the Rine Brothers department store in Portland and at Madeline’s Beauty and Wig Shop in Saco. She also worked at Burger King at the Marriott Travel Plaza in Kennebunk.

She married James E. Leach on October 4, 1955. They made Kennebunk their home. For the past few years, she’s enjoyed bus trips through Kennebunk Parks and Rec, outings with the Red Hats and family reunions.

She was predeceased by: her beloved husband, James E. Leach; her parents, Jesse and Edna (Page) Moody; and his brother, Kaye Moody.

She is survived by: her children, (James) Michael Leach, and Valerie, (Margaret) Peggy Kerschner, and Jeff, Ellen L’Heureux, and Tim, and Steven Leach, and Jessica Gettinger; his grandchildren, Justin Leach, Aaron Leach, Elizabeth Kerschner, Benjamin Kerschner, Kristin L’Heureux, Felicia MacKenzie, Steven Mackenzie and Augustus Cote; great-granddaughter, Lola MacKenzie; his sister-in-law, Maria Moody; and her little dog, Taxi.

A visitation will be held Friday, February 18, 2022 from 4-6 p.m. at the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. A funeral service will be held in the spring and details will be posted at a later date.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Jessie’s Book of Memories page at

Arrangements are handled by Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk, ME 04043.

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