Posted By Mike&Leslie

Leslie is finally free of cancer and resting comfortably in the arms of Jesus.  I know this will be a shock to many of you, the past 12 hours have developed very quickly.  I will give more details later but Leslie passed away about 4pm, very peacefully, very quickly, and surrounded by her family.  Please do not mourn for Leslie - I have absolutely no doubt that she is in a far better place.  Instead, comfort each other - the world lost a lot of love this afternoon and we will all have to work hard to replace that love.  God is good.

 
61 Comment(s):
Steve & Vicki Uhri said...
Mike and family, It's amazing how many lives that have been touched through the trials that you and Leslie have endured with Gods grace. Leslie lived a life centered on the needs of others around her and not so much centered on her own needs. We can all learn from her example. We love you and you are in our prayers.
August 23, 2011 12:27:53
 
Chris A. said...
Deepest condolences Mike and family. PM still being written at TikiCentral. Can't quite find the right words. Stay strong.
August 19, 2011 06:36:19
 
Kathy Daniloff Peeters said...
Mike, I know we lost touch over the years but I had heard of Leslie's illness and have been keeping up by visiting the blog everyday. Your love for Leslie has been inspiring! Please accept my condolences for you and your family. What a day of Celebration- Leslie is home with the Lord :) You are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 19, 2011 05:45:25
 
Terrie O. said...
Thanking God for PEACE this morning. Everyone is a far better person because Angel Leslie 'walked the walk' and 'talked the talk'! What a mighty witness...I love Y'all!!!!! Celebrating Leslie's (Mrs. Gilbert's) life here, Terrie O.
August 19, 2011 05:17:21
 
Randa said...
I never got to meet Leslie in real life but got to know her through the scrapbooking message board and through her blog. She seemed like such a sweet, compassionate person and i enjoyed getting to know her. Her faith was so amazing and she was such a blessing to me and others. I read of her passing on your blog last night. I have been so sad and my heart broke. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God is good and he always know best even when we dont understand!
August 19, 2011 05:14:45
 
Deanna Mayer said...
Mike, Jenna, Ryan, Tyler and Jeff - I am so sorry to hear this. She was a fighter!!! Prayers are with you now as Leslie sees her HOPE face to face.
August 18, 2011 11:57:02
 
Brenda Carwtright Grose said...
Our hearts are so heavy for all of you. Watching a loved one fight so hard and lose here on earth is hard... but she has won in Heaven. I will miss her so much. Mike, Jenna, Ryan, Tyler,Jeff, Monica Donald, Noni, Bessie I am so sorry, May God be with you all during this very difficut time. I will pray for comfort.
August 18, 2011 11:33:59
 
Adam Stout said...
I never met Leslie, but I know her sister Monica. Leslie impacted not only her sister but people she never even met (including myself). I am so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of such a beautiful person. God is faithful, but there are still appropriate times to mourn. And this is one of them. In fact, I believe God is especially with those who are mourning right now. He understands it is a great loss and holds us as we cry. May God bless and keep this family close to him in the coming days, months and years. Judging by her life, it seems that was Leslie's desire for her family as well.
August 18, 2011 11:05:13
 
Edna said...
Dear Mike and family--My heart aches for you all--and me, as well. Leslie has been such a stong example of the "walk of faith". I will miss the daily scriptures and prayer reminders. She has prodded many of us to greater walks of faith. What an example of Christian love and grace she has been. My love and prayers are with you all--the family that meant so much to her, the family that loved and supported her with all they had! She is pain and cancer free--at home with her Savior and Friend! When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!!! Love to you all--Edna C.
August 18, 2011 10:32:44
 
Krissy said...
We mourn the loss of Leslie but she is rejoicing in heaven! Leslie you are the best example of what a wife,mother,and christian woman should be and I thank you for all your guidance and love and we know you are happy dancing in heaven! I'll miss your smile and positive attitude :) love you Les!
August 18, 2011 09:54:24
 
Maryann Jarvis said...
I am very sorry for your loss. Leslie was a beautiful woman!!! She was my son's guardian angel while he was in kinder. I will miss Leslie's beautiful smile at work everyday. May God bless all of you and help you get through this tough time. Love you Leslie! :-) Melanie and Sean send hugs and kisses your way!
August 18, 2011 09:51:22
 
Leea said...
Sending love and prayers to Leslie's family. I was blessed to know her through the mb's. We talked scrapbooking, school life and families our favorite subjects. My life is better for having her in my life, thanks for sharing her with us!
August 18, 2011 09:41:32
 
Edna Podgorski said...
Dear Mike and Family, May God's love be with you all now. Leslie is now with her maker. Resting in peace. I will miss her. But, I will cherish her friendship )
August 18, 2011 09:37:13
 
Patti martin said...
I am so sorry to hear of Leslie's passing. I was lucky enough to know her from the mb's she frequented. Truly a beautiful person who had strength, compassion and dealt with it all with such grace. I will be praying for her family and friends to find peace knowing that she is in Gods hands and is cancer free. Hugs, PattiM {Pattie's passion} I Scrap So All Moments ARe Remembered!
August 18, 2011 09:37:11
 
Rosa, aka LilRosi said...
So sorry to hear of your loss. I only knew Leslie from an online message board, but she was always a blessing! I pray that you will continue to find peace in the Lord at this time.
August 18, 2011 09:27:47
 
Lorri said...
Dear Mike, Jenna, Jeff and Ryan: I am so sorry for your loss of Leslie.....yet, I know she is with Jesus now and at peace. I will be praying for you and your strength to carry on as Leslie would want you too. Heaven has a new angel and Earth has lost one.....However, she is in a place that if more beautiful than we can imagine. Love, The Cavins Family and Phyllis Gorham
August 18, 2011 08:16:08
 
Mary Lou said...
So sorry to hear of this. Leslie was my friend, though we never met in real life and yet I felt a closeness to her. We connected! Such a wonderful wonderful lady who dealt with this demon (cancer) in a way I only hope to mildly achieve if/when faced with the same thing. Her faith, her love of life, her love of family, her positive outlook.....all of it is my inspiration to be a better person, better wife, better nana, better Christian, etc. I am so happy she is no longer in pain. LOVE YOU LESLIE!!!!
August 18, 2011 08:00:20
 
Candace said...
When the shadows of this life have gone, I'll fly away; Like a bird from prison bars has flown, I'll fly away. I'll fly away, Oh Glory I'll fly away (in the morning); When I die, Hallelujah, by and by, I'll fly away. Our prayers are with all of you.
August 18, 2011 07:58:44
 
teresa gonzalez said...
Dear Mike and family, I am truly touched by the strength, love, and faith you have all had throughout this difficult time in your lives. Leslie was indeed a beautiful and remarkable woman that many people will remember always. I pray that God continues to strengthen and bless you in the coming days, months, and years.
August 18, 2011 07:54:42
 
Kathy B said...
Leslie is at peace and experiencing the joy of being in the presence of the Lord. Her inspiration and grace will live in all who loved her and have been touched by her life. I hope you all can feel the love of a whole community as we lift you up in prayer.
August 18, 2011 07:51:52
 
Arla said...
Michael, you are much too humble. Leslie thought you were the best thing on earth!!! Thank you so much for keeping us updated on this blog. Our prayers are with you and the family. I bet she and Kelly are having a ball!!!
August 18, 2011 07:50:46
 
Dana said...
I am at peace because I know Leslie knows the Lord and is with Him. You are a shining example of love and you guided and led many of us to see His light more clearly. Thank you. I will miss you and your bright, beautiful eyes. The world has lost and angel, but the heavens are rejoicing!! My prayers are with your family.
August 18, 2011 07:27:04
 
randi ryan said...
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful woman with us. She will never be forgotten. I am a better persom for having known her.
August 18, 2011 07:19:14
 
Gretchen said...
I never had the honor of meeting Leslie but all my encounters with her online on the message board were nothing but a joy. I can not begin to express how much I will miss those interactions and seeing her smiling picture when she posted. I wish all of your family peace during this very difficult time. She will be missed greatly by everyone who had the pleasure of chatting with her online.
August 18, 2011 07:16:35
 
Victor and Caroline said...
Dear Mike, Jenna, Jeff, Ryan, and family, Heaven has welcomed our beautiful Leslie home! We are so thankful for the many memories we have with your family and ours! I will always treasures our gramma pictures together with Leslie, Ellen, and Me since our grandbabies were born within months-weeks of each other in 2009. Leslie was amazing in so many ways! She left us with many life lessons and wonderful examples of love, fun, faith, and friendship! Thank you Mike, you were truly her everything in life! Yes, God gave us all a beautiful gift! Love, the Jaime family
August 18, 2011 07:13:07
 
Pattie said...
I only "knew" Leslie through her blog, but her joy, love, and strong faith showed through always, even in her darkest times, and it was absolutely amazing to me. Prayers for you and your family.
August 18, 2011 07:06:13
 
rosmary said...
i was yhinking about u this morning at around 1 0r 2am,ur in Heaven now ur a sweet angel,i am going to miss u,TEARS FROM HEAVEN :(
August 18, 2011 06:33:11
 
Suzanne Lederer said...
It was so wonderful to finally meet you and Leslie at Monica's. I feel that was a special gift! My prayers are with the family and I am so sorry! Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
August 18, 2011 06:32:22
 
Susan Downs said...
Leslie was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, her family. As we are saddened at her leaving, Heaven is celebrating her arrival.
August 18, 2011 06:30:37
 
Linda Mayhew said...
Mike and family, my heart is breaking for your loss, yet rejoicing that Leslie is in the arms of Jesus. I will continue to pray for your family.
August 18, 2011 06:25:14
 
Angel-In-Training Samantha said...
I miss you Leslie... I wish I could've seen you in perosn. But I guess you're standing right next to me in spirit, huh? R.I.P. Leslie. I know I'll see you someday. I know our Lord and Savior in Heaven will protect you. I miss you. Sami
August 18, 2011 06:25:07
 
Christina Adamek said...
Mike, Jenna, Ryan, Jeff & Family-I am so sorry that Leslie is no longer here with us on Earth, but I am positive Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Leslie is one of the most genuine, positive, kind hearted and wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers......
August 18, 2011 06:22:10
 
NenaNYC said...
I never met Leslie in person, but she was a very postive influence in our scrapbooking community. She was an inspiration to us all and we will miss her positive and loving voice. I will pray for your family. May God continue to bless you all. And Leslie you will always be in my thoughts.
August 18, 2011 06:14:51
 
Susy Davila said...
My heart goes out to all of you!!! Thank you for sharing Leslie with the rest of us! I will always remember her amazing spirit!
August 18, 2011 06:13:05
 
Richard & Barbara Rauenzahn said...
Mike, you and your family are in our prayers.
August 18, 2011 06:11:44
 
Ria Johnson (Craftyria) said...
I'm so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you feel peace in your heart knowing that Leslie is no longer suffering. You're a great husband and she was blessed to have you in her life. Thank you for taking such good care of our dear friend Leslie.
August 18, 2011 06:07:37
 
Evelyn said...
Mike, Jeff, Jenna, and Ryan, I am so sorry you're having to go through this. Yes, your wife/mom is in a much better, more beautiful place now and in the arms of Jesus. We really should be glad for her, but we can't be when we want her back so badly. And it's normal and okay to mourn, so don't hold back. Jesus is there with you, too. He said He'd never leave you or forsake you. Our prayers were answered after all. Leslie is completely healed, completely well. And God has been glorified throughout this and will continue to be. We'll be continuing our prayers for all of you. God bless you all. Love always, your aunt Ev *** P.S. Now, Tyler is going to need some extra hugs to make up for the Nani ones, but he'll be okay.
August 18, 2011 06:05:57
 
Whitney Sears said...
I am so sorry for your loss. Leslie will be sorely missed in our scrapbook community. She was such a sweet friend and so positive. I will miss her a lot. Prayers for you and your family.
August 18, 2011 05:59:38
 
Aunt MaryAnn said...
Dear Mike; May the Lord bless you and keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you, and give you peace. God is good and no longer will Leslie go thru the valley. She is in heaven w/our Lord and Saviour. Leslie had a close walk w/the Lord and today she walked on home with Him. May the Holy Comforter comfort you and all the family. Much love, Aunt Maryann
August 18, 2011 05:59:14
 
Madeline said...
Leslie was everyone's hero. Her loving spirit will continue to live in everyone who's life she touched. I know that she is so much better off in Heaven....but my heart goes out to you MIke (and of course to her children, grandchildren, parents, siblings and friends). May we all strive to share God's love with others just like Leslie showed us by her example! Leslie may be gone....but she will NEVER be forgotten!
August 18, 2011 05:57:13
 
Casa de Cosio said...
Our prayers are with you Mike, Jenna, and Jeff. Leslie was a great friend that I will truly miss. Our lunch talks were something special. She prayed for me often, as I her. I will continue to pray for her as I know she will be watching over all of us. She was an amazing person. My mother, (Amazing Grace) prayed for Leslie daily. Leslie always thanked me for that. Nothing ever went unnoticed with Leslie. She will be in my heart forever. She has touched many lives. She ALWAYS had HOPE. Many Blessings, Gilbert family.
August 18, 2011 05:49:01
 
Angel Linda said...
Mike & family, my heart is breaking for your loss. I was notified within in a short span of time and I have to share this with you all. Leslie stopped by here...yes, Pennsylvania...I think everyone knows how much she wanted to come here to see where I live and spend time with me. Today she made that come true. At exactly 7 p.m. here on the east coast (4 p.m west coast time), we got rain. I waked out on our porch and said, "Lord, if Leslie's going to be okay, send me a rainbow"...yep, no sooner were the words out of my mouth and there was the most beautiful rainbow! I was washed in such peace at that moment...so when the call came, yes I was in shock, but then realized that my sweet friend was truly okay...and she stopped by to let me know. My heart is still breaking. My love and sympathies go out to all of you (Mike, Jenna, Ryan, Tyler, Jeff, Mrs. Cones and all the rest of Leslie's family and friends). If we keep Leslie in our hearts and minds...she's never truly gone from us. (My one final message Leslie: It was such a joy to be your angel for your 3 1/2 year battle. I still think I got more out of it than you did...and now you are my angel until my time comes. We shared some amazing times. I'm a much better person for having known you. I'll be listening for your laughter in the wind, your beauty all around me. Love you girl)
August 18, 2011 05:46:38
 
Kimberly Greene (Peschel) said...
Mike, may the strength, comfort, and wisdom of our Holy Lord be with you and your family. My prayers will be over you, Jeff, and Jenna to continually feel the Lord's presence during this difficult time. Let your heart be filled with rejoicing, for Leslie is in our Father's house, in eternal worship, peace, and joy. What a beautiful faithful child of God is watching over us!
August 18, 2011 05:46:09
 
Leslie L. said...
I love you guys! Leslie is my hero and has touched my life in more ways than I can count. Praying God's peace for you all... Leslie L.
August 18, 2011 05:43:17
 
Teri and Nick said...
Nick an I are so sorry to have her go but know she is finally at peace and free from pain. We feel so very blessed to have seen u both just recently and I will always keep that day at Cabrillo beach in my memory with Leslie enjoying the sunshine and all of us watching the wonders of God. Now she is one of those wonders and will remain in our hearts forever. Our prayers are with all of you.
August 18, 2011 05:42:28
 
Tisha said...
Leslie was placed in the path of my life to demonstrate love, kindness, gentleness, friendship and so many other Godly virtues. I am a better person for having known Leslie and the Gilbert Family. I pray that peace is with your family and know that my thoughts continue to be with you.
August 18, 2011 05:35:21
 
Marga said...
Heaven has gained an angel.
August 18, 2011 05:33:28
 
Rachel said...
My heart goes out to all of you!! I will continue to pray for you and your family. May you feel Leslie's love and feel her watching over you.
August 18, 2011 05:33:05
 
Ellen B said...
I am praying for all of you during this difficult time! Sending many hugs your way.
August 18, 2011 05:29:58
 
DianeM said...
Praying that the Lord will give you the strength to get through this difficult time.
August 18, 2011 05:18:53
 
Kristi Pacheco said...
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid....your whole family is in our thoughts and prayers!!
August 18, 2011 05:12:40
 
Christie said...
I am so sorry for your family's loss. Even though I never got to meet Leslie in person, she was a very important person to me. Sending my prayers and love to your family.
August 18, 2011 05:11:54
 
Vicki Rush said...
Mike and family my heart goes out to each of you. I am in shock. I know that Leslie is free and spending time now with Jesus as they embrase and having some special time together. May the Lord shower down His love, comfort and meet each of your needs moment by moment. Mike you have been her hero love of her life and prince. We have seen so much love express by you to her. We have been touched and what a testimony. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Love you all...
August 18, 2011 05:09:08
 
Karla said...
Amen and Amen, Mike! Saying goodbye to Leslie is only possible because we know we will be reunited in Heaven one day. I can just envision Kelly giving her a hug and welcoming her home. Soooo much love to you all from the Hornes.
August 18, 2011 05:07:32
 
Debi S said...
Mike and family, I am so sorry for your loss. We all will come to that day, if we have served Him well, look into His face and hear those words we've waited to hear for years, Well done thy good and faithful servant. She was an inspiration to everyone and touched the hearts of everyone she came into contact with. Praying for God's mercy and His love to surround you and your family. There's a new sweet angel in Heaven tonight.
August 18, 2011 05:07:18
 
Denise said...
Mike my heart goes out to you and your family with the loss of Leslie...she was not only a beautiful human being but I know in my heart of hearts she was an angel sent her to watch over us...her spirit will live forever in my heart. I take comfort in knowing that Leslie is with God in heaven and heaven is a much brighter place with her in it. Love you Mike, Jenna and Jeff!!
August 18, 2011 05:07:15
 
Dianna said...
Jesus replied, "You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand." John 13:7 I am so sorry for your loss, I will keep you all in my prayers!
August 18, 2011 04:57:13
 
Joleen Bartle said...
I'm in total shock! Leslie was and will always be remembered as a strong Godly woman! Loved by so many, many people and a testament of God's unfailing love and mercy. I'm thrilled for her that she is with the Lord and singing with all the other Saints, but so sad that we won't be able to see her smiling loving face. Well, we will again one day. Prayers are going out to her family that has been left for a little while longer here. May the God of Peace surround you during your time of sorrow. Joleen
August 18, 2011 04:56:49
 
Amy Bo. said...
LOVE & HOPE
August 18, 2011 04:46:15
 
Evelyn S said...
Standing strong with you and your family Mike. We love all of you. Your love for Leslie was unfailing--you have stood with her in every moment of this difficult trial--and it has been a trial that all of you have experienced with Leslie--step by step. Now we will hold each of you up in prayer. Please know how much our hearts and prayers are with you each and every one.
August 18, 2011 04:38:52
 
Becky G. said...
There are not enough words to express our sorrow for your loss, nor are there enough words to express our excitment for Leslie finally meeting our Lord and Saviour! What a wonderful day this is for Leslie. Our prayers are with your family and we're all here for you. Yes, God is good.
August 18, 2011 04:36:00
 
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