Zane Lumelsky let me know this week of the passing of his beloved companion, Leith Colen. He posted us this note:
With profound sadness our family announces the death of Leith Filley Colen on November 27, 2020. Leith was born in Troy, New York on January 24, 1941 to parents Judge Marcus L. and Dorothy M. Filley. Leith was predeceased by her parents and her sister Linda D. Laguerre. Survived by her partner of thirty-eight years, Zane Lumelsky, Leith and Zane met in Williamstown, Mass., where they were long-time residents. They resided for the last twelve years in Northampton, Mass. Leith leaves her son Joseph E. “Dusty,” daughter-in-law Mazie, and cherished grandchildren Caroline and Samuel Colen of Gwyned Valley, Pa. Leith is also survived by her daughter Jennifer L. Colen and husband Brian McAdams of Bryn Mawr, Pa. She was delighted with her children’s accomplishments. Leith was inspired by her mom’s many talents and her dad’s careers in law and as a pitcher for the Washington Senators. She often said “he was my hero.” Leith was a prolific, talented artist, designer, and writer. Equally important, Leith was a funny, vivacious soul who was the life of every party. A professional model in her teens and twenties, she never lost her stunning beauty and physical grace.
She was proud of being crowned the first Miss Magic Long Beach Island in 1959, of founding and chairing Earth Art ’73 in Philadelphia, and of creating and writing, for seventeen years, “The Book Bag – an autodidact’s literary newsletter.” A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Please make donations in Leith’s name to the charity of your choice.