Leah Ribner-Martin, 20

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – Leah E. Ribner-Martin died on Aug. 10. She was the beloved daughter of Ruth Ribner and Lenore Martin of North Kingstown.  She was the cherished granddaughter of Alice Martin (Ted Jones) and the late Donald Martin (Joan Erskine) and the late Daniel and late Lita Ribner.  She is also survived by her loving aunts and uncles, Drew (Rita and Melissa), Alan (Angie), Ann (late Sam), Naomi and Carol; cousins Kenneth, Seth, Leyna, Linc and Amanda and great-aunt Gail (late Frank). 

Leah attended the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, Wickford Middle School and had completed two full years at URI after taking courses part-time while a senior at North Kingstown High School. She had already [mostly] fulfilled the requirements for the BS in Animal Science degree at URI and planned to begin her professional years for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree this Fall as a P1 student. Her intentions were to combine her love of animals with her expertise in medicine through Veterinary Pharmacy.

Leah started her 4-H career in the SRI4H dairy club as a shy middle-school kid, eager to learn about the dairy world. She managed an animal from The Cottrell Homestead (a dairy farm), where she purchased and raised her own calf Nova (whom she loved so much). Leah was a role model and mentor for younger kids, helping them with her knowledge. Leah was on the RI State 4-H quiz bowl, judging teams and received top 10 placings in New England. She was a big part of the 4-H family and will sadly be missed.

Leah loved working at the Red Dog Inn and has been a very loved member of the Red Dog family. She gave great loving care to all of the dogs and cats, but always took particular care of the rescue dogs waiting for their new homes. Leah recently left the Red Dog Inn and started work as a veterinary technician.

Contributions in her memory may be made to RI 4-H Club Foundation, Southern RI Dairy Club, P.O. Box 1925, Kingston, RI 02881 or Young Judaea, 575 8th Ave., New York, NY 10018 or Rhode Home Rescue at www.RhodeHomeRescue.org