Remembering Lesley

Lesley Walter's memories will always be alive.

Along with hundreds of people, my heart aches today. We have lost a beautiful person with such an incredibly positive outlook on life. A woman who brought sunshine everywhere she went and who inspired us all — even in her darkest hours as she fought lung cancer.

Lesley Walter was our November 2011 Richmondmom.com Rockstar and many of you know her for the beautiful person she was to everyone she met. The recent update on the CaringBridge site says it all much more eloquently than I could ever say. Her husband and children will miss her dearly, but her memories will stay alive forever.

Thank you to everyone who sent her notes, cards, prayers, and encouragement. Now it is time to wrap her family in love and prayers as they face the hardest days of their lives.

Peace Has Come

Written by Jeff Walter, Lesley’s husband and best friend

Sorry but this is Jeff and I once more must step in for Lesley for this journal update. Upon learning that Lesley condition was deteriorating rapidly we made the decision to act fast and get her home.  After much effort and with some risk we were successful in getting her home last night.  She was ready to get out of the hospital and to return home to the place and people she loved so dearly.  There was quite the production upon her arrival from not just fanfare but due to there not being adequate oxygen supply delivered because of miscommunications at the hospital upon discharge.  In true Lesley fashion she took it in stride listening to the geese fly over head as she laid in the ambulance in our driveway for an extra two hours with her oxygen supply dwindling while awaiting a frantic delivery of upgraded equipment.  The rest of us were not quite as calm to say the least and were furious over the ineptitude coupled with chaos resulting in precious time lost and wasted.

Once we got her settled she was surrounded by friends and family for most of the night and was truly happy to be home.  We all joined her for a slumber party to keep her company and share precious thoughts, memories and stories. We all took solace in knowing that she was glad to be home even if under difficult circumstances.

All that said, the good lord decided that she had fought hard enough, had been through enough and had an opportunity to connect once more with those she loved so he sent his angels down for her in the early morning hours to take her away to be at his side so she could now enjoy the sunsrise and the new day without any more pain or sufferring.

Rest peacefully now my dearest love.  I will miss you my best friend and I will always cherish our time we had together.  You were a wonderful mother and wife and the kids will be fine.  We will speak of you often with love, admiration and laughter.  You made this earth a better place and touched so many hearts in the far too short a time you had here.

There are no words that will ever be able to describe how powerful and meaningful everyones thoughts, prayers and insights have been over the last two years for Lesley on this site.  She was constantly humbled by all the praise and support and never truly recognized the positive impact she had on others and how it was she that was truly courageous throughout her ordeal.

God bless all of you and my most sincere appreciation for all that everyone has done to support her and my family over the last two years.

I will close now and probably only make one more update alerting everyone of our arrangements as soon as they are finalized.

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Rhonda is the mother of two adult daughters and a grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren – and our only grandmother on staff. She spent 25 years in corporate healthcare managing prenatal and disease management programs. She is the Content Manager for Richmondmom and contributes her expertise as both a mom and grandmother – while sorting out the many opportunities for our valuable advertisers.