Leah H. James-Rapp

April 5, 1989 ~ November 16, 2023 (age 34) 34 Years Old

Leah James-Rapp Obituary

Milford, Mass. - Leah H. James-Rapp, a kind-hearted and vibrant soul, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2023, at the age of 34, after a courageous 18 month battle, surrounded by her loving family and friends at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, where she had been treated for complications following a kidney transplant in April 2022. Despite the valiant efforts of the many doctors and nurses, she was unable to overcome the long-term effects of previous Childhood Cancer(Rhabdomyocarcoma) treatment at age 11 and 13.

Leah was born on April 5, 1989, in Weymouth, Mass., the cherished daughter of William H. Rapp, Jr. and Adrienne James-Rapp, and was a stepdaughter to Kathleen O'Brien.

Growing up in Pawtucket, Leah attended Saint Raphael Academy, where she acquired a love for learning and formed lifelong friendships. She furthered her education at the Community College of Rhode Island, earning an Associate's Degree, and had attended Rhode Island College.

Leah worked as a dedicated bartender and waitress at Pepperoncini's Restaurant in Milford. Additionally, Leah had the opportunity to nurture young minds as a teacher's assistant in the Northbridge School District.

Outside of work, Leah found joy in simple pleasures. She had a deep appreciation for movies, particularly those in the horror genre, embracing the thrill and anticipation they offered. Leah's compassionate nature extended to her beloved cats, Daisy and Luna, and her cherished dog, Leelu, who brought immeasurable comfort and unconditional love.

Leah's love for the beach was evident, and she relished in idyllic beach days at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven. Time spent with family and friends brought her immense happiness, creating memories that will forever be treasured. Her infectious laughter and sharp wit brought light to every gathering, creating an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie.

In addition to her parents and step-mother, Leah leaves behind her devoted companion, Keith Morin, who shared countless beautiful moments and supported her throughout her illness. She is also survived by her sister, Meaghan Wakely, and her husband, Benjamin, who will forever cherish the special bond they shared, and will be deeply missed by her cherished niece and nephew, Maggie and Nolan Wakely.

A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Monday, November 27, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 670 Weeden Street, Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited, and may attend visiting hours on Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions in Leah's memory be made to a charity that was important to her (Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute, 9025 NE Von Neumann Dr. Suite 110, Hillsboro, Oregon 97006; The Tommorow Fund, RI Hospital Campus,110 Lockwood St. Physicians Office Bld,Ste. 422, Providence RI 02903, info@tommorowfund.org).

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November 26, 2023

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bellows Funeral Chapel
160 River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865

Funeral Service
November 27, 2023

10:30 AM
Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
670 Weeden Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860


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