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Henrietta Forbes Leary

Posted By obits On May 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 44 Comments

Mable Henrietta Forbes Leary, age 90, of Shiloh died Monday, May 18, 2020 at her home. She was a loving wife, daughter, mama, grandmama and great-grandmama. Henrietta was born in Camden County July 14, 1929 to the late William Clyde Forbes and Dora Burgess Forbes. She was the wife of the late Jack T. Leary, the love of her life. Henrietta is survived by three sons, Jack M. Leary and wife Vicky of Camden, Clyde Leary and wife Jeanne of Shiloh, Bruce Leary of Shiloh and his special friend, Melody Connor of Eagle Springs NC; a daughter, Judy Leary of Shiloh, NC; four grandchildren, Eric Leary and wife Tracy of Richlands, NC, Chad Leary of Manteo NC, Meredith Leary Solomon and husband Tim of Raleigh, NC and Ryan Leary and wife Ashley of Suffolk VA; and seven great-grandchildren, Dailey Rae and Jack T. Leary, Jill and Zeke Leary, Marin and Cora Basnight, and Judson Leary; and a sister, Eleanor Collins of Shiloh NC.

Henrietta was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and enjoyed being in the Walston Missionary Circle. She faithfully read her Bible every day as long as she was able to do so. Henrietta loved to cook and share food with relatives, friends and neighbors. Her specialties were boiled dinners complete with corn meal dumplings and cakes. She cooked and decorated many cakes. She had a sweet tooth and enjoyed snacks with lots of sugar and real butter. Henrietta loved genealogy. Her mind was phenomenal and she could tell you the family lines for generations. Through her love of genealogy she became best friends with Florence Till and they enjoyed a special friendship over many years as well as friendships with cousins Linda and Beverly in Texas with whom she spent many late hours and visits over the phone. Henrietta also loved to crochet and taught many ladies to crochet through COA’s Adult Education Program. Many a child has been wrapped in baby blankets made by her loving hands. She also made special afghans for her family. She was an avid reader and a master at crossword puzzles. She loved quilting. Her flowers and gardens were special; she truly had a green thumb. Henrietta cherished her pets, always having cats and dogs. She also loved dolls and had over 100 in her collection.

Henrietta loved being at home and would welcome anyone, day or night, visiting, talking and telling stories. Sharing time and love with her family was most important. The family would like to say a special thanks to her caregiver, Faye Richardson, who not only spent many hours taking care of her but also became a dear friend.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will be at the home at 864 Hwy 343 South, Shiloh. Memorial donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, PO Box 31, Shiloh, NC 27974.

Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Leary family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Jackie and Alissa on May 19th, 2020 6:18 pm

So sorry for yalls loss. Prayers and condolences.

Condolence from Rita Gregory on May 19th, 2020 7:09 pm

Our love and prayers to our Lord for this special family. Rita and David Gregory

Condolence from Pail & Gail Umphlett on May 19th, 2020 8:04 pm

Clyde & family, very sorry for your loss, she was a very sweet & kind lady. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this time.

Condolence from Lee and Judi Gregory on May 19th, 2020 8:07 pm

We would like to offer our condolences, letting the family know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sweet lady

Condolence from Kathy Leary Raper on May 19th, 2020 8:26 pm

I’m so sorry to see this. She was the last of a great generation in the Leary family. She was always the calm surrounded by a bunch of craziness & she loved it all. I pray for comfort & peace for all her children & their families in knowing what a wonderful woman she was, and how much she meant to our whole family!

Condolence from Penelope Leary Smith on May 19th, 2020 8:53 pm

My prayers and condolence to each of you. May God be with you during this special time.

Condolence from Anne and Kevin Jennings on May 19th, 2020 9:11 pm

We are so sorry. Although I did not spend much time with Mrs. Henrietta, people shared her pictures, stories, and genealogy with me. Some of it found its way to publication. Churches and families all owe her for her generous nature and willingness to share.

Condolence from Linda Ball on May 19th, 2020 9:25 pm

Jack, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I didn’t actually know her, but I can tell you it’s very hard losing your mother. Hope you and your family find peace during this difficult time. Your family will be in my prayers.

Condolence from John Forbes on May 19th, 2020 10:04 pm

My prayers and condolence go out to family

Condolence from David Meiggs on May 19th, 2020 10:20 pm

So sorry for your loss. Praying you find comfort in the fond memories. Also knowing she is at peace in heaven. Love to you all.

Condolence from JoAnne & Virgil Parrish on May 19th, 2020 10:47 pm

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

Condolence from Vanita and Si on May 19th, 2020 10:53 pm

Jack, Clyde, Bruce, Judy and family—we are so sorry for your loss of your mother, Henrietta. Her obituary paints a perfect picture of her. I have many fond memories of her—eating lunch at her house, family picnics when Uncle Hillary and his family came from Florida in the summer and hearing about genealogy stuff that she and Mother talked about. I treasure my crocheted snowflakes that she made. She made many people happy with her handiwork and cooking. She lived a long, loving and productive life!

Condolence from Lynn Needham on May 19th, 2020 11:24 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Leary family during this difficult time.

Lynn and Leon Needham

Condolence from Buffy Forbes Pitchford on May 20th, 2020 12:00 am

She was a wonderful “Grandma Leary” to my brother Chris and I growing up. I always will carry fond memories of her with me.

Condolence from Kimberly Collins Robinson on May 20th, 2020 12:01 am

Sending love to Bruce, Ryan, Meredith and all of the Leary family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.❤️

Condolence from Ellen Perry Harris on May 20th, 2020 6:05 am

Jack, Clyde and family, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May your precious memories comfort you during the difficult time ahead.

Condolence from John B. Godfrey on May 20th, 2020 6:26 am

Please accept our condolences from the Godfreys John & Linda, Grandson of Luna and Loyal of Sholoh. You are in our prayers!

Condolence from Faith McLellan on May 20th, 2020 6:33 am

The Learys were great friend of my parents, Aubrey and Shirley McLellan, and our family. We send our love and condolences to your family.

Condolence from Fred Upton on May 20th, 2020 6:47 am

Jack,Clyde and family
So sorry to learn of your moms’ passing. Thinking of ya’ll.

Condolence from Jodi Francis Wyant on May 20th, 2020 7:01 am

Love and prayers to Grandma Green’s family. It was my honor and privilege to have known her and have her love and prayers covering our children’s lives.

Condolence from Denise Gregory on May 20th, 2020 7:08 am

Dear Judy and family,
Many fond memories and fun times spent together. Prayers lifted for all.

Condolence from SusanGagnon on May 20th, 2020 7:50 am

To all of you, sorry for the loss of your Mother; Grandmother and friend. Your in my thoughts

Condolence from Linda Ferrell Speight on May 20th, 2020 7:55 am

We are so very sorry about your loss. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Linda Speight
Doris Ferrell
Mary Sanderlin

Condolence from Vickie Barnes on May 20th, 2020 9:29 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Vickie and Charles Barnes and family

Condolence from Joe and Wanda Forbes J on May 20th, 2020 11:45 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
Joe and Wanda Forbes

Condolence from Charlie and Kim on May 20th, 2020 3:38 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with
you all during this difficult time. I’m sure the closeness of your family will see you all through.

Condolence from Cleo Fulcher on May 20th, 2020 4:28 pm

To the whole Leary Clan,

So sorry to hear of your loss – so many stories – she will be truly missed. Prayers and Condolences to all.

Condolence from Mary& Phillip Ferebee on May 20th, 2020 6:14 pm

To the Leary Family,

So sorry to hear about your loss Our prayers are with y’all at this diffuilt times

Condolence from Francis & Kathy Pugh on May 20th, 2020 6:41 pm

Jack, Clyde, Bruce, Judy and family, so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. We will be praying for each of you that God be with you during these difficult times.

Condolence from Martha & Benny Bray on May 20th, 2020 6:51 pm

Jack, Judy, Clyde and Bruce, we are so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. May the sweet memories you have of her in this life sustain you through this time of loss. I never met her, but have heard many times of the loving Mother and wonderful friend she was to all. What a blessing she was to all of you.

Condolence from Robyn Culpepper on May 20th, 2020 7:26 pm

Dear Leary Family,
You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Mrs. Leary was a truly wonderful woman. I’m sure you will miss her dearly.
It is a great comfort to know that she is now home with God, safe in the arms of Jesus.
May your memories be your comfort until you meet with her again.

Sending you all our heartfelt condolences,
Ian and Robyn

Condolence from Tanya Stockton on May 20th, 2020 8:41 pm


I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. I know it is tough for you and family members while grateful that she had a full life and a loving family. Judy, you will never know how much you helped me and other teens and young adults that you guided. You were a great mentor to me and so many others. I know your mom was special as you are very special.

Godspeed and Love,
Tanya Leary Stockton

Condolence from Gale Perry on May 21st, 2020 9:51 am

Please know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sweet memories will heal the sense of loss and help to face each day without your mother.

Mike and Gale Perry

Condolence from Bob & Ann Goodwin on May 21st, 2020 12:51 pm

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Ray and Cindy Scott on May 21st, 2020 1:04 pm

To all the Leary family

So sorry to hear about Mrs Leary. Hope all those memories of her will help you through the days ahead❤️

Condolence from Joyce Gallop on May 21st, 2020 9:30 pm

Judy and family, sending my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!❤️

Condolence from Clair Williams on May 22nd, 2020 8:38 pm

Dear Judy and family,
My prayers for God to comfort you all at this time. I am sorry for your loss!
Clair Williams (Ella Clair Noirfalise Williams)

Condolence from Judy Old on May 22nd, 2020 11:05 pm

To the whole Leary Family, I am sorry for the loss y’all have to grieve through. It is never easy even when expected as they age but she sure did live many years and was blessed so much. I always admired her and I know she will dearly be missed. Praying for all of you❣️

Condolence from Anita B. Whitehurst on May 23rd, 2020 3:00 pm

Dear Family,

Ms. Henrietta was one kind and sweet lady to me. I am so grateful for her help with genealogy and I always enjoyed our conversations. I loved seeing all the projects she made for those she loved. Those are real treasures now. Jack, is one happy man to have her by his side now. Judy you took great care of your Mom and I know she knew how blessed she was to have you by her side. My deepest sympathy and prayers to each of you now and in the days to come.

Condolence from Linda Elmore on May 23rd, 2020 11:04 pm

So sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort & peace.

Condolence from Birdie Berry on May 25th, 2020 12:16 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss of your mom. A very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Paulette & Marty

Condolence from Waverly Knight on May 26th, 2020 8:59 am

Judy and Family,
Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Waverly (Creecy) Knight
Former Co-worker

Condolence from Dawn Cooper Covington on May 26th, 2020 2:48 pm

Judy and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. She was such a sweet lady. I enjoyed your parents when I played at Shiloh years ago. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Condolence from Chuck Hodges on May 29th, 2020 5:42 pm

To my many, many dear friends (and cousins) in the Leary family …

So sorry to hear this news … much love to you all.

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