Harriet Q. Leasure, teacher

January 9

Harriet Q. Leasure, a native Washingtonian and former Bethesda resident who taught in the 1990s in Chapel Hill, N.C., died Dec. 28 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. She was 74.

The cause was complications from colon surgery, said her son Michael J. Leasure.

Harriet Mary Quinn grew up in Bethesda and graduated in 1957 from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington.

As a homemaker, she received a teaching certificate from North Carolina Central University. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in the same class as her son John and on the same day as her son Charles from UNC’s law school.

In the 1990s, she was a high school teacher and a librarian in the Chapel Hill public school system. She lived in Bethesda from 1998 until moving to Rehoboth Beach, Del., in 2009.

She was a past member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda. She was writing a memoir at the time of her death.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Charles E. “Chick” Leasure Jr. of Rehoboth Beach; three sons, Charles E. Leasure III of Devon, Pa., John Q. Leasure of Chapel Hill and Michael J. Leasure of Bethesda; a brother, James L. Quinn of Rockville; and eight grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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