Earlyn Beamer Leake

November 26, 1944October 19, 2020

LEAKE, Earlyn Beamer, 75, died peacefully at home on October 19, 2020, surrounded by loved ones.

Earlyn was born in Pulaski, VA to Earl and Mabel (Wolfe) Beamer. She grew up in Roanoke, VA and later moved to Harrisonburg, VA where she attended Madison College, now James Madison University. It was there that she met her husband of 47 years, Dennis Edwin Leake. They married on March 4, 1967 and had one daughter, Kathryn. They moved to Florence, SC where they enjoyed living for 35 years before moving to Richmond, VA to be closer to family.

Throughout her life, Earlyn had a curious mind. She was an avid reader and enjoyed a good crossword puzzle, along with spirited conversation. Earlyn was a wonderful cook and warm host. She was genuine. If you were Earlyn’s friend, you had a friend for life. She was a good listener and always took the time to truly get to know a person. And, she loved her family dearly.

Earlyn was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Mabel, and husband, Dennis. She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Leake Scott and son-in-law, Chris Scott; her sisters, Debbie Beamer and Terri Pendleton, both of Roanoke, VA.

The family extends its deep gratitude to her wonderful caregivers, Jean Allen and Lucille Mabry.

A private graveside service will be held at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg, VA.

To honor her love of animals, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sanctuary Rescue, 1519 Huguenot Rd., Ste. 105, Midlothian, VA 23113.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


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Jeanette Lucas

November 4, 2020

Kathyrn, Debbie, and Terri my deepest condolences.
Earlyn will be greatly missed. We grew up together. Her mother and mine were sisters and her father and mine were brothers.
As teenagers I envied Earlyn's beauty and ability as a majorette. Her driving skills were better than mine, also. When I was to drive from Virginia to New Jersey for my first job. My parents asked Earlyn to go with me. She did most of the driving. We took two days and she returned by bus.
We've talked often in the past few years. She enjoyed searching family history. I joined her in the search and we found our “patriot” and many wonderful family stories.
As I wrote earlier, Earlyn will be greatly missed. She was often in my prayers.
Matt and Jeanette Lucas

Judy Hammond

November 3, 2020

Kathryn, our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your precious Mother. When you and Todd were at Briggs, Earlyn and I would play tennis and talk of our wonderful children. Enjoy your memories and know many thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Judy & Joe

Liz and Ian Shaw

November 2, 2020

Ian and I wish to send our heartfelt condolences. Earlyn and Dennis were our first American friends who we met in Florence, South Carolina after moving from England in 1976. They helped make the transition so much easier and our families remained friends ever since.
We have been reminiscing about all the fun times we had together. Earlyn was a wonderful hostess, always making you feel welcome.
Once our families had grown and we moved out of state, Earlyn still kept in touch, always interested in how we were all doing. She will always have a special place in our thoughts and prayers.

Barbara Engel

October 24, 2020

Dear Kathryn and family....My husband, Frank, and I would like to extend to each of you are sincerest sympathies. We lived in CCSC with Earlyn and Dennis. We both built our houses at the same time and we were only 3 doors down. Earlyn and Dennis were great friends and made our years there sooo much fun. We were all a part of the “Lake Rat” gang! We had sooo much fun eating with them and the gang just about every Friday night at the club and on Christmas holidays they always hosted the gangs Christmas party. Your mom was a great hostess. Frank and Dennis loved racing their pontoons up and down the lake (yeah right with electric motors 🤣) along with Dick Koppein and Jerry Uttrachi. We all were empty nesters and we were really enjoying life. Our years at CCSC with our friends were some of the best memories and the best place we ever lived. Loved playing cards with your mom and the other gals every week. Your mom is now with your dad again.🥰 Very fond memories of them will always stay with us. ❤️❤️❤️ I will very much miss getting my annual Christmas card from Earlyn this year. 😢
Hugs...Barbara and Frank Engel, Oak Ridge, NC


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