Grace Leeper, 82, physical therapist

December 24, 2003

Grace Leeper, a retired physical therapist and active church member, died of pneumonia complications Dec. 17 at her Eldersburg home. She was 82.

Born Grace Veronica Boutelle in Sturbridge, Mass., she was raised in Branford, Conn., and earned a diploma from the New Haven School of Physiotherapy.

From 1956 to her 1986 retirement, she was a physical therapist at Union Memorial Hospital and its Curtis National Hand Center.

She was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Woodlawn, and was named its Woman of the Year in 2001. She also served on the Methodist Board of Child Care Auxiliary.

Services were held Saturday at St. Luke.

Survivors include a son, Bertram Galbraith Leeper of Woodlawn; a daughter, Judith Grace Stromberg of Eldersburg; two sisters, Patricia Shepard of Westfield, Mass., and Susan White of Greensboro, N.C.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Her husband of 51 years, Bartram Leeper, a salesman, died in 1995.

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