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Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary

2126 East 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

Sue Ellen Leighton

June 30, 1942April 26, 2020

Sue Ellen Leighton passed into the hands of God on April 26, 2020. She was the daughter of Everett and Violet Long of Mentone, Indiana. Sue is survived by her brother, Lyle Long.

She was the beloved wife of Alan E. Leighton for 51 years and 225 days. Sue was the mother of one son, Erik (Melinda) and the Grandmother, aka Nana, to Rachel and Ryan.

As a registered nurse (I.U. School of Nursing class of 1964), Sue looked after everybody’s health and wellbeing. Guided by her giving spirit, she spent many years volunteering at Gennesaret Free Clinic. Some additional volunteer opportunities included 12 years on the Noblesville Public Library Board and 6 years on the Hamilton County Red Cross Board.

For 40 years, Sue and Alan traveled extensively creating some wonderful friendships with folks in Europe. An annual trip to Holden Beach, North Carolina always peaked her spirits. In every neighborhood they lived, she became involved at the person-to-person level. This included Erik’s school activities and support of the schools he attended.

Whether sitting on her porch or going on a hike with the Indiana Audubon Society, she was an avid bird watcher. Continuing her giving nature, as nurses do, Sue was incredibly supportive of nursing education through the Leighton School of Nursing at Marian University.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alan and Sue Leighton Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund at Marian University (marian.edu/_forms/give-to-marian). As healthcare providers are prone to do, she sacrificed for others and Sue will be missed.

A private memorial gathering will take place Saturday, May 2nd. For those who cannot attend due to the restrictions, there will be a Facebook Live on the Feeney-Hornak Keystone Facebook page at 9am. Friends can go back to view the service at a later time as well. A “drive-by” visitation will take place Saturday, May 9th, at 1pm at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist, 10350 Glaser Way, Fishers, IN 46037, all are welcome.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Leighton family.

  • FAMILY

  • Everett Long, Father (deceased)
  • Violet Long, Mother (deceased)
  • Lyle Long, Brother
  • Alan E. Leighton, Husband
  • Erik Leighton (Melinda), Son
  • Rachel Leighton, Grandchild
  • Ryan Leighton, Grandchild

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Services

  • Facebook Live

    Saturday, May 2, 2020

  • Drive-By Memorial Event

    Saturday, May 9, 2020

Memories

Sue Ellen Leighton

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Margaret Hillan

May 7, 2020

Alan, I only met your beautiful wife, Sue, one time. Bob and I were watching your granddaughter, Rachel, and our granddaughter, Emily Veigel (Megan is one of our daughters), play softball on the same team when they were pretty small. You and I realized we had gone to Marian University (College, then) and graduated together in 1962. I remember how gracious and sweet Sue was to me, and I felt like an immediate friend. I only met her once, yet I felt like we had been friends forever. Thank you, Alan, for sharing her with me. Thank you too for all the two of you have done for Marian. God bless you. I miss her too.

David Owen

May 6, 2020

Al, Jill and I were saddened to read about Sue's passing in the Star on Sunday. We always enjoyed our dinners with you and Sue. As Jill pointed out to me, she could always count on you to pick out a good red wine. Sue would always be gracious and engaged in the latest developments in our lives, while ready to share an accomplishment of Erik's or the grandkids. It has been awhile since our paths have crossed in person, but we enjoyed catching up in the annual Christmas letter. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family and we hope to see you again soon.

Love, David and Jill

Bernard Huff

May 5, 2020

It seems that I have known Sue Ellen FOREVER. I have nothing but
kind and pleasant memories of her as a long-standing friend of the Huff's family. For several year at Xmas , we always received
her cards with uplifting message about her family and travel. She will be greatly missed. I extend my condolence to AL, their son and the rest of her surviving family.

Fred Grannan

May 4, 2020

Dear Al,

I have just heard of Sue’s passing. Please know that you are both in our prayers.
God Bless
Fred Grannan
Fgrannan@earthlink.net
Ponte Vedra, FL

Jennifer Neff

May 4, 2020

Sending our love and prayers during this sad time. I have so many wonderful memories. She will be greatly missed. Xoxo, Jenn

Jody Pruitt

May 2, 2020

To Al, Erik and family - We were saddened to hear about Sue's death. Our hearts go out to you during this trying time. We know you have many fond memories to carry forward. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you as you not only grieve, but celebrate her life.

We have many fond memories of the time you lived in Runnymede. It was a special place with such great neighbors.

I am sorry I will not be able to come to Holy Spirit as I am still "stuck" in Florida.

May God give you the strength and courage to bear this heartbreaking period.

Jody Pruitt and family.

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