Benita Leyton

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Time: 11:00am

Location: Graveside

Cemetery: Beth Moses Cemetery

Notes: Benita Leyton Obituary Benita (Bunny) Leyton, 90, passed away September 3, 2020. Born in London England, the daughter of Nicolas and Alice Orel, Benita and her family moved to America in 1939, during World War II. They first lived in New York City and then moved to Lawrence, Long Island where Benita attended school. Benita went on to attend Mt. Ida College where she studied merchandising. She met Louis James Leyton in high school, later marrying and having 3 children, Bruce, Toni and Scott. Benita survived her daughter Toni who passed away from Leukemia in 1982. Benita had a life long partner in Al Heller, as they were together for 40 years until his death in December 2014. Al and Bunny traveled the world, adventuring in their camper through Europe many times over and taking trips to South Africa, Australia and Israel to name a few. They lived together in Rockville Centre, spent time in Boca Raton, Florida and later enjoyed residing at Northshore Towers in Floral Park. Benita was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her sons Bruce Leyton (Joan) of Roswell, Ga, and Scott Leyton (Erin) of New York, NY; grandchildren Jessica Johnson, Elizabeth McMullen, Alison Mercer, Isabella Leyton and Miles Leyton; great grandchildren Connor Johnson, Katelyn McMullen, Emma Mercer, Jane McMullen and Olivia Mercer. She was kind and loving, witty and curious. Benita took on writing later in life as one of her many passions, which included tennis, bridge, theatre and dining out. She had a very interesting way of ordering food and very specific tastes; it was always a new experience when you went to a restaurant with Bunny! Bunny was an accomplished Real Estate broker on Long Island and a part time investor. She also supported her family for many years as a bookkeeper. Benita has touched many lives in a deep, unforgettable and positive way. She will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held on September 8, at the Beth Moses Cemetery by Star of David. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The American Cancer Society or call 1-800-227-2345.

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  1. I was shocked and so saddened to see that Bunny has passed. She (and Al) were wonderful ,longstanding special friends to my Mom, Laurel and myself. We always looked forward to spending time with her both in NY and in Florida. We loved to hear about all their interesting adventures and interests. I will always treasure our memories of time spent together over many years.

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