Details for Maura Lynn Leavitt
Maura "Lynn" Leavitt passed on to a better place on November 16, 2019, after a long difficult battle with cancer. She fought the disease with the same gentleness, grace and dignity, which she displayed throughout her life.
Born to Joseph and Hermina Takats in Buffalo, New York, on March 7, 1946, she received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Elmira College, in New York, and a Master's Degree in Education from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. A lifelong educator, she established residential youth drug programs, taught inmates in the Arlington County, Virginia, detention facility, taught alternative high school programs, and for the majority of her career taught various elementary school grades in the Arlington County public schools. After moving to The Villages in 2012, Lynn's love of working with children led her to tutor at Wildwood Elementary School for the past six years through Tutors for Kids, a local non-profit. She also served on the Board of Tutors for Kids for five years.
Lynn is survived by her loving husband of more than 35 years, Henry "Hank" Leavitt; two brothers, Dr. Joseph Takats III of Grand Island, New York, and Lee Takats of Portland, New York; and, five nephews and one niece.
In retirement, in addition to working with children, Lynn loved traveling, gardening, working out and golf, and getting together with friends.
A memorial service to honor Lynn will be held at a future date with details to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations to Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages Hospice House, would be appreciated.