Leah Elizabeth Ribner-Martin

DATELINE: North Kingstown

Ribner-Martin, Leah E., 20, died on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Beloved daughter of Ruth Ribner and Lenore Martin of North Kingstown.  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 & Melissa), Alan (Angie), Ann (late Sam), Naomi & Carol; cousins Kenneth, Seth, Leyna, Linc & Amanda and great aunt Gail (late Frank).

Leah attended the Jewish 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 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 (who 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 4H quiz bowl, and judging teams, receiving top 10 placings in New England. She was a big part of our 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 in our care, but always took particular care of our rescue dogs waiting for their new homes. Leah recently left the Red Dog Inn and started work as a veterinary technician.

Funeral services live streamed on FRIDAY, August 13th at 9:00 a.m. Please Click Here to join the service.  Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Wellwood Cemetery, 1400 Wellwood Avenue, West Babylon, NY.  Shiva will be observed at the home of Lenore and Ruth Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to RI 4-H Club Foundation, Southern RI Dairy Club, PO Box 1925, Kingston, RI 02881 or Young Judaea, 575 8th Ave., NY, NY 10018 or Rhode Home Rescue at www.RhodeHomeRescue.org.


  1. Shannon Darowski
    Aug 13, 2021

    I remember Leah as a younger girl
    At the North Kingstown Free Library. I worked in the children’s department.
    She would come after school. Always friendly. I will always remember she introduced and explained Minecraft me to.
    I ran into her a few year ago at the Washington County fair and she let my daughter snuggle her cow. What a wonderful young woman. Ruth and Lenore I am so so very sorry for your incredible loss.
    Shannon Darowski

    • Lenore Martin
      Sep 1, 2021

      Thank you, we always loved going to the NK library after school and on weekends!

  2. Merle “Magi”Green
    Aug 14, 2021

    Dear Ruth and Lenore….you were both such loving parents to your beautiful daughter. May her
    memories be a blessing forever.

  3. Joan Plouff and Craig MacConnell
    Aug 14, 2021

    Dear Ruth and Lenore,
    Sending sincere sympathy your way.
    May your faith and fond memories help you through this difficult time .
    Joan and Craig #17 HH

    • Lenore Martin
      Sep 1, 2021

      Our Hamilton Harbor neighbors have been so strong and helpful for us during this critical time in our lives. Ruth and I appreciate your love and support and cannot even begin to thank this community enough. Leah had the blessing of being born here and spending many happy days here in the pool, in her kayak, holding many of her birthday and graduation parties in the poolhouse. Thank you all!

  4. Alicia Sepulveda
    Aug 16, 2021

    I am so sorry for you loss! Sending best wishes to the family!!

  5. Treanna Saing
    Aug 16, 2021

    Leah was a fellow classmate of mine at the University of Rhode Island. She was very kind, and known to be very smart. Sending love and condolences.

  6. Stephanie Meunier
    Aug 19, 2021

    Lenore and Ruth –
    I remember meeting Leah at the Washington County Fair with my children. Her quiet confidence was a bright light around her. Sending prayers of strength and comfort to you.

  7. Nancy Hawksley
    Aug 21, 2021

    Dear Ruth and Lenore,

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Holding you in my thoughts and prayers. May Leah’s memory be a blessing forever.

  8. Leslie Franklin
    Aug 21, 2021

    Dear Ruth and Lenore,
    I remember when Ruth would come to my house to prepare my children for their bar and bat mitzvahs and you would bring Leah.
    And seeing you all at the riding stable.
    An energetic, beautiful and sweet girl.
    I am so saddened by your loss.
    Your love was evident and may beautiful memories live on forever.

  9. Michelle
    Sep 8, 2021

    I worked with Leah at Burger King and we kept in touch afterwards. She was so sweet, hardworking, and so smart. I enjoyed working with her she made the shifts so much fun! I miss Leah and I’m so sorry for your loss. Such an amazing person who is dearly missed.

  10. Dana, Harvey, Lily and Eli Eckoff
    Sep 10, 2021

    We heard today from my mother in law, Sheila Eckoff, who used to live in the same condo building as you in North Kingston. Our family would come for a few summers many years ago and my daughter, Lily, and Leah became friends for a summer or two when they were just about 6 or 7. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you – sending you hugs and prayers. May you find strength and peace as you remember the wonderful young lady your daughter was.

  11. Janice, Rick and Sam Karnes
    Sep 27, 2021

    We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Leah’s passing. We remember her when she was a child attending South County Hebrew School. She was an intelligent and beautiful young lady. Please know we are thinking of you and pray that the light of her memories heal your sorrow and bring you peace.

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