Leona Alice High

August 30, 1944 - February 15, 2021
Leona Alice High


Leona Alice “Lee”  High age 76 of Wilmington, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, February 15, 2021, after fighting for many years a long valiant battle with numerous ailments, the latest and most taxing, Pulmonary Fibrosis. Lee had been confined to Liberty Commons on Racine Dr.,  since December of 2019, when she became paralyzed from the waist down.

Lee was born in South River, NJ and she graduated from South River High School in 1962. She worked for the Telephone Company (a job she loved!) for several years before her marriage.  She married Phillip High (P. High) from Hallsboro, NC on June 5, 1971, and they moved to Wilmington together and they lived here for the rest of her life. After moving to Wilmington she worked for Southern Bell for a few years.

Lee was of the Catholic Faith and a very strong believer. A few years ago in her better days, she taught religious education at St. Marks Church on Eastwood Road in Wilmington. Although she never had any children of her own, she loved her nieces and nephews and all of the church children and treated them like her own.

Lee leaves behind her husband of almost 50 years, Phillip High (P. High); sister, Antoinette (Toni) Incalcaterra (Vinny) of East Stroudsburg, PA, beloved nephews and nieces;  Vince Incalcaterra, LeeAnne, and Nino Fusaro, (whom she always considered the daughter and son she never had), Gary Murphy of Raleigh, Joseph and Kate High of Wilmington; great-nieces and nephews, Manola and Bair High of Wilmington, Brielle and Vince Incalcaterra. brother-in-laws Don High and Julius Kelly High of Wilmington and sister-in-law Jean High Murphy (Richard) of Florida.

Due to Covid-19, private family services are planned.

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  • February 16, 2021
    Connie Smith Williamson lit a candle:
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  • February 17, 2021
    Elaine M says:
    I started caring for Leona at Cypress Point and then moved at the same time to liberty Commons. I know Leona is now in peace and out of pain. I spoke to her the night before she passed and she was happy to move on in heaven. My condolences are with you Phil and the rest of your family. May she rest in heavenly peace.I still have the balloons she gave me for her and Phil’s last anniversary that she wanted me to use for pictures with my daughter. I am forever grateful for that kind gesture among others through the years.

  • February 17, 2021
    Marie Eason says:
    I got to know Lea at Cypress Pointe. She was always so Happy, and upbeat. I Loved our talks. I sure missed her when she left to go to Liberty. Prayers for Phil and her family. Rest In Peace Sweet Lady.

  • February 17, 2021
    Jean Murphy says:
    Lee was like a sister to me! I loved her immediately & recall how much attention she & Phillip paid to our son Gary! She’s had a difficult time but was always a fighter & let little get her down. She will be missed! May she RIP