Lea Wait – An Update

We know that our MCW readers are thinking of Lea, as we are, and wanted to share this brief update about her condition. At the moment, she is having in-home hospice, with pain meds every four hours. All four of her daughters are with her. She is unable to respond to e-mails or take phone calls, but wants us to know that she appreciates the e-mails and messages of love and support that readers and friends are sending.

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My 4 daughters right after Liz’ wedding. From l-r, Caroline, Ali, Liz, and Becky.

Lea, With Her Own Hair


Past and present MCW bloggers: Chris Holm, Brenda Buchanan, Jim Hayman, Lea Wait, and Bruce Coffin

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32 Responses to Lea Wait – An Update

  1. Thinking of and praying for Lea and her family and friends!

  2. ConnieBerry says:

    Please tell Lea that she is in my thoughts. Such a kind person. I’ll never forget her encouragement to an unpublished writer.

  3. Anne Cass says:

    Thanks for the update…Lea, you model grace, fortitude, and love. Thinking about you and feeling grateful to know you.

  4. Dick Cass says:

    No surprise, but hard to hear nonetheless. What grace and courage she’s shown.

  5. Dee White says:

    Prayers continue for Lea and her family and friends.

  6. Susan Breen says:

    Sending lots of love.

  7. Diane says:

    Thanks for posting an update. Lea, we love and treasure you and your wonderful books!

  8. Terrie Moran says:

    God bless Lea and her family.

  9. Christi King says:

    Lea and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Robin MacCready says:

    This is difficult to hear, but I appreciate the updates. Love, sending love xo

  11. Cheryl H. says:

    Just recently discovered Lea’s books and have enjoyed them very much. The good news about just discovering them is I’ve been able to binge read them and immerse myself in the worlds she’s created. It’s been delightful. Thank you!

  12. Paulette Williams says:

    I continue to pray for you. Thank you for so many hours of wonderful reading. You are a true class act

  13. Gayle Lynds says:

    I’ve always admired the great writer & human that Lea Wait is. Hello, Lea! Your generosity of spirit, love of family and community, and the breadth of your amazing talent is a beacon for all of us. As you continue on your journey, I send you love and love and more love. Gayle

  14. Thinking of you and your family, Lea! I’m so glad I got to know through your books and at conferences. You are an amazing woman.

  15. Sherry Brown says:

    Prayers for her and her family.

  16. Anonymous says:

    praying for all…so sad to read this, had hoped she graduate!!

  17. Joan Jacobus says:

    Lea, we had the best Christmas eve celebrations at your house with Alicia, Carolyn, Becky and Elizabeth Purnima. ASPNJ parties were great fun too.
    I am so glad we have seen you this last year.
    Appreciate your books.
    Joan, Tenzing and Shanthi

  18. Lynn Pelletier says:

    Thanks so much for keeping her readers and fans updated on her condition. It’s good to know her daughters are with her. They must be very proud of her.

    On Thu, Aug 8, 2019 at 10:31 AM Maine Crime Writers wrote:

    > mainecrimewriters posted: “We know that our MCW readers are thinking of > Lea, as we are, and wanted to share this brief update about her condition. > At the moment, she is having in-home hospice, with pain meds every four > hours. All four of her daughters are with her. She is unable to” >

  19. Harriette I. Sackler says:

    Thank you for the update on Lea. She is a special and talented lady. My good thoughts and prayers are with Lea and her family. So glad to have spent time with her at Malice this year.

  20. Kathy Harig says:

    I have known Lea though her wonderful books before I met her in person. I talked with her for a long time at each Malice Domestic convention and sat one year at her banquet table where she showered us with Maine related goodies. Sending peaceful and loving thoughts and holding her in our heart. Love you, Lea.

  21. Blessings on your journey, Lea. Holding you in my heart.

  22. Clea Simon says:

    Sending you so much love.

  23. donnakon2018 says:

    Wishing Lea Wait God’s speed in her journey. God Bless her and her family. From a dedicated reader of her stories.♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️Sent via the Samsung Galaxy, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

  24. Lea, I will miss your wonderful books and characters, but most of all, I will miss hearing about you through your blog posts. You have brought the state of Maine alive for me to the point my husband and I hope to visit there next year for our 35th wedding anniversary. (We live in the opposite corner of the country in the Pacific NW, and neither of us has been to Maine yet.)

    I pray for your peaceful transition surrounded by those you love. You have fought the good fight and been so open with your readers about the whole thing. You are one classy lady.

    Sarah Gunning Moser

  25. You’re an amazing example of the human spirit. God bless you, Lea.

  26. Another faithful fan says:

    May God bless you and give you peace as you reunite with your husband. Prayers and blessings to you and your family.

  27. Alta Roberts says:

    My heart is heavy knowing she is so sick. I have enjoyed reading her wonderful stories. I feel as though i have been to Maine, and have through her words. I am praying for Lea and her families.

  28. Love you so much, Lea. May your passage be gentle and filled with Light.

  29. Kammy McCleery says:

    My Chatham Sister, unfortunately, we all come to a time for farewells… I’ve loved getting to know you since the outstanding reunion in ‘08 (?). You received the major award, and I got to sing with Harold Betters whom I’d loved since 1966 when I turned 21… When I need strength and/or time to prepare, I turn to two sets of verses. Ph. 4:4-13+19 every day and Psalm 139:1-18 when it’s time to go be with your hloved ones. Wish I could send you an angel

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  31. Julianne Spreng says:

    Oh, man, I couldn’t open this post right away. Thank you for all you’ve done and the incredible grace with which you’ve lived your life. Authors live forever, but you will be missed by so many.
    Love and gentle hugs.

  32. caschneiter says:

    I know Lea has passed away and I just wanted to thank her for her beautiful books. Her writing has touched me and I thank her deeply. Her soul lives on and I hope we will meet someday. God bless her family and friends for their loss.

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