North Andover — Mrs. Cynthia J. (Clark) Leighton, age 78, of North Andover, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, surrounded by her family after a lengthy battle with emphysema. She was the beloved wife of Richard F. Leighton, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. She was born in Lynn, the daughter of the late James and Claire (Gould) Clark. She was raised in Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn English High School, class of 1952. She had lived in Billerica for ten years, and had resided in North Andover for the past 31 years.
Cindy worked at the Hampton Inn in Lawrence until her retirement. She had previously worked for General Electric. She enjoyed spending time at the beach and playing cards, and was a talented needlepointer. Her first priority in life was her family, and she especially loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She will also be remembered as a loyal friend.
In addition to being a beloved wife, she is the devoted mother of Kevin F. Leighton and his wife Vivi of Methuen, and Kimberly J. Leighton of Washington, D.C.; loving grandmother of Matthew, Christina, and Gregory; sister of the late Alice Cook and her late husband Gordon, Dorothy Nai and her husband John, the late Robert Clark and his wife Ruth, Rita Muchmore and her late husband Robert, the late Patricia Brady and her husband Patrick, and Linda Stevens and her late husband Lawrence; sister-in-law of Arthur E. “Gene” Leighton and his late wife Beryl and Ralph L. Leighton and his late wife Jane; cousin of Joan McGrath; devoted friend of Claire and John Abbott and the late Patricia Hathaway; she also leaves many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt 129), Lynn, followed by a funeral mass in St. Pius V Church, Lynn at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Those who prefer may make donations to National Emphysema Foundation, 128 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com