Mary Lou Leighty, 80, Altoona, went to be with the Lord Monday.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Harold and Mary (Dick) Gates. She married Bud Leighty on Dec. 20, 1952.
Surviving are her husband; two sons: Gary D. (Andrea M.) of Altoona and Jerry W. of Duncansville; a daughter, Ellen S. Breitenbach of Williamsburg; seven grandchildren: Nicole, Jennifer, Charles, Matthew, Elyse, Emily and Rachel; three great-grandchildren: Jason, Ivy and Maddox; a brother, Edward Gates of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and close family friends: Donna Detterbeck and daughters, Janna and Audra.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Gates.
Mary Lou was a 1951 graduate of Altoona High School. She was a member of Altoona Bible Church. She bowled in the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon Senior League at Holiday Bowl, participated in the Golden Games and shot trap and smallbore. She enjoyed baking cakes for weddings and birthdays and loved gardening.
Friends will be received from noon to 2 and 4 to 6 p.m. today, Nov. 27, 2013, at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home Inc., 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona, followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. by Pastor Mary Emery. Interment will be at Blair Memorial Park.