Mary Victoria Leslie MacLean, 79-year-old former Sheridan resident, passed away peacefully Dec. 8, 2012, at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, WY. She was born April 7, 1933, in Carlisle, United Kingdom, to Henry V. Leslie and Dorothy Veitch Leslie. She was raised in England and emigrated to the United States on May 9, 1959. She worked for a major retailer in Chicago, then managed the start-up of a resort on Cat Cay in the Bahamas. Her contacts in the Bahamas brought her to Sheridan, WY, where she worked in real estate for the Carroll Land Company. On November 17, 1974, she married Dr. Richard Howard MacLean at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Sheridan. Dr. MacLean and Victoria made their home in Sheridan where he preceded her in death on February 14, 2000. After his death, Victoria divided her time between Sheridan and Tampa, FL.
She is survived by two stepdaughters, Judy MacLean-Fowler of San Diego, CA and Barbara MacLean of Albany NY, and a niece, Julia Robinson, of Great Britain. Her parents, sister, and two brothers also preceded her in death.
Adams Funeral Home in Buffalo was in charge of arrangements, cremation has taken place, no services are planned. She requested that instead her friends raise a glass of shandy in her memory. She left the following poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye to be included in her obituary.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sun on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die.