Janice Leys

Obituary of Janice Leys

Janice Leys, 86, of Middletown, RI, passed away after a short-term illness Saturday, February 10, 2018.

A resident of Bradenton, FL and Middletown, RI, Janice was born in New Bedford, MA on November 30, 1931 to Merrill Allen and Lila Slocum. She graduated from New Bedford High School and the Truesdale Clinic School of Nursing.

She began her extensive career in acute care Nursing at the Newport Hospital shortly after graduation and also cared for students in the health clinic at St. Georges School.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Donald McKenzie Leys and her brother, Walter Allen Slocum.

Janice traveled the world with family and friends and especially enjoyed sailing and skiing. She was an avid chef who also enjoyed photography and reading. Most recently, she enjoyed spending time and reconnecting with friends after returning to Middletown and also took paws to care for her cats, Trey and Callie.

Janice is survived by her son, Scott Leys of St. Petersburg, FL and her daughter, Susan Leys of Manchester, NH.

Her love and compassion, dedication to family, friends, and service, and above all her unbounded humor and spirit, will never be forgotten.

A graveside burial service for both Janice and Donald Leys will be held at St. Mary’s Church yard,  324 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI on Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 11:00 followed by a reception at the Newport Yacht Club to honor and celebrate their lives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Janice and Donald Leys to St. Mary’s Church, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI or by visiting  http://smcportsmouth.org/, or to Potter League for Animals, PO Box 412, Newport, RI 02840 by visiting https://www.potterleague.org/donate/ .