Posted By Mike&Leslie

Smiling Leslie

After a long and courageous battle with Melanoma, Leslie went peacefully to be with the Lord whom she loved so much on August 18. Born March 26, 1962 in Beech Grove, Indiana - Leslie attended McCabe School and Central Union High School. She worked at Ben Hulse and, most recently, T.L. Waggoner Elementary school where she was loved by children, parents, and co-workers.

Leslie raised two beautiful children and was a wonderful “Nani” to her grandson Tyler, who was the light of her smile. She battled cancer with grace, courage, beauty and, most of all, hope. Hope for a cure but a more abiding hope that God is in control no matter what the earthly outcome. Leslie blogged her journey, where she inspired thousands all across the country. “Leslie’s Celebration of Life” blog can be seen at

Leslie is survived by her husband Mike, her children Ryan, Jenna & Jeff, her grandson Tyler, her parents Bill & Besse Cones, her other parents Frank & Jodi Gilbert, her siblings and in-laws John & Lori, Donald & Noni, & Monica & Gregg, Greg & Yolanda, Mary, Mark & Tina, Matt & Tammy, numerous nieces, nephews, and more friends than anyone could ask for. We love her and we will miss her dearly, but she is cancer free now and with God, that’s all we ever really wanted.

A memorial service will be held Saturday August 27, 10am at Faith Assembly Church in Imperial. Lunch reception to follow at Frank Wright Cafeteria - please bring Leslie’s favorite side dish, salad, or dessert.

12 Comment(s):
NancyJones said...
Oh mike. this photo of her is so gorgeous. ((((love to all of you)))))
August 31, 2011 07:43:57
Krissy said...
Mike, it's absolutely beautiful! Leslie would be so happy with what you have written and you captured her spirit and love so wonderfully!! The picture says it all, a smile on her face and light in her eyes :)
August 24, 2011 09:56:07
Kimberly said...
Beautiful picture and beautifuly written. Leslie is loooking down and is so proud. I am sure that was not easy...but a great job Mike! Hugs to all of you.
August 24, 2011 08:13:56
Mac & Patty said...
Mike, great picture. I think I recognize it from our girls weekend away in Palm Springs???? yet another beautiful picture of leslie smiling.
August 24, 2011 07:05:19
Marga said...
This is a beautiful picture Mike. You're doing such a great job for Leslie. I know she's smiling.
August 24, 2011 03:34:50
Charlotte Furguson said...
Mike your word must be God Breathed. i know this is so hard for you but i can see by your Blogs that the LORD is giving you great confort and guiding your words. This picture is baeutiful. and i know Leslie is smileing down on all of us right. My prayers are with you and the family. God bless you all.
August 24, 2011 01:57:19
Brenda Grose said...
Mike you did a great job in putting this together. The pictures you have chosen to share are just how I wish to remember my sweet little Friend.. God bless all of you! Brenda
August 24, 2011 11:18:49
Peggy Jo Awtry said...
Michael & kids- Michael, I am so sorry, I just now found out, I feel like an idiot now when I think about seeing you the other day in the mall & I was trying to get you to smile. She was gone, of course, you were sad. Again, I am so sorry & apologize for my ignorance. As you have stated, Leslie is home now, she is painfree & whole. We here on earth are sometimes selfish & don't want to let go, even 'tho we know our loved ones are going to a better place. She will never be forgotten. God Bless you all. Regards, Peggy Awtry
August 24, 2011 10:49:48
randi ryan said...
Beautiful Mike. Absolutely beautiful.
August 24, 2011 09:48:02
Aunt MaryAnn said...
My dear Mike - Thank you so much for the beautiful picture of Leslie and her smiling, glowing personality. Wasn't sure if there would be a posting or not and how happy I was to see Leslie greeting me as I pulled up the blog. May God continue to bless you and comfort you and give you strength. Love, Aunt Maryann
August 24, 2011 09:30:58
lisa alloway said...
Mike, I love the picture of Leslie. Everything you are doing is more than beautiful! It is filled with Love.
August 24, 2011 08:31:12
Peggy said...
So beautifully said. I miss my dear sweet friend. Love you all.
August 24, 2011 07:00:55
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