PORTLAND - Bettie A. (Brown) Leonard, 92, died peacefully on Thursday, May 16, 2019, after losing her battle with dementia. Mimi, as she was known to most, was born on February 10, 1927, to Rosemond M. (LaFlamme) and Lewis H. Brown of Portland.
She graduated from Portland High School in 1945 and from Westbrook Junior College in 1947.
Bettie was a member of the South Portland Church of the Nazarene and was an active member for over 30 years. She was also active in the churches bible study groups.
She was always active in the community, Eastern Star, Woman's Literary Union, a class officer for both Portland High and Westbrook Junior College.
She was always willing to jump in and lend a hand.
Mimi loved to feed people weather it was cooking for friends and family or those in need. She took pride in making the family birthday cakes unique for your accomplishments throughout that year. And if you were feeling under the weather you could count on her knocking on your door with a pot of homemade chicken soup.
Bettie always enjoyed traveling and has traveled all over the world. Her heart was always pulled back towards Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island where her family roots were from. She would revisit yearly, always willing to bring a friend to share in the beauty.
She was generous, funny, and dedicated to those she loved.
Bettie was a secretary for many years within the nursing field and took great pride in her work. She was the secretary for the head of nursing at Maine Medical Center until she retired in 1989 to become a full time grandmother. Being a Grandmother to any child was what she was made for!
She is survived by her daughter Laurie A. (Leonard) Brink and her husband Russell of Portland, Three Grandchildren, Robert B. Brink of Gorham, Jonathan H. Brink of Portland and Samantha R. (Brink) Fitzgerald her husband Steven of Portland; Two great- grandchildren, Jillian Rose and Charles Anthony; her sister Roberta Mellin of Biddeford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Casa, P.O. Box 150 Westbrook, Maine 04098. This is an organization dedicated to serving children and adults with developmental disabilities in Cumberland County. This agency has helped her grandson, Jon Henry for over 20 years.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM in Evergreen Cemetery Stevens Avenue in Portland. Reception to follow at Seasons Grille 155 Riverside St, Portland, ME 04103