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Leslie J. Ward

Born: 
Tuesday, December 1, 1959
Died: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Birthplace: 
Seattle, WA
Service Information: 
A celebration of life will be held in August. 

Leslie Ward passed away on April 25th at Whatcom Hospice House, as the result of T-cell-prolymphocytic leukemia. Many of her family and friends were with her at the end. 
Leslie grew up in Seattle. She moved to Bellingham and later to Ferndale. She married Bob Ward and raised her son, Logan. 
Leslie valued education. She put herself through school and attended several different colleges and universities. Though originally certified as a teacher, Leslie worked many years in the public school system as a para-educator. Eventually, she returned to school and renewed her teaching credentials. She spent several years running a special education classroom, but when she began working as a developmental preschool teacher, it became apparent that Leslie had found her true calling. 
Leslie was reluctant to refer to herself as an artist but she regularly studied the artist's craft and produced many wonderful creative works. Leslie was also someone who believed that friendships needed nurturing. She leaves behind her son Logan and his partner Kate, sister Cheryl, brother David and his wife Dawn, a goodly number of caring relatives and many close friends. Leslie also leaves behind her best friend and partner, Scott Morrow. Her loving parents, Rena and Harry Maddock, predeceased her. 
Contributions may be made to the Marine Life Center or Whatcom Hospice.

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Submitted by Isabel Farquhar on

I had the privilege of working along side Leslie as a developmental preschool teacher. She had such joy and humor in teaching and relating with the little people. She was an inspiration! 

Submitted by Sandra Zell on

Leslie was so much more than a friend.  She was like an aunt to my children assisting me as a single mom in need of some sisterly care.  I will never forget Leslie's rendition of "Knees Up Mother Brown" during a Preschool session of which Logan (at age 4) was a participant.  She was so full of Wisdom, Fun, and Love.  Leslie, You were a Gift. My children and I will be missing you and remembering you always.

Submitted by Neil McKay on

 Leslie was a friend, an inspiration, and a kindred spirit from the day I met her almost twenty years ago. She will stay in my heart and continue to inspire me to grow and love for the rest of my life.

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