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Leslie Harreld

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HARRELD, LESLIE; of Dexter, MI; passed away at age 47; at home Wednesday, September 11, 2013 under the care of loving family after a nearly five year battle with colon cancer. She was born in Ann Arbor, MI on May 25, 1966 to Isabel McCombs Smith and Samuel Smith. Leslie spent most of her life in Michigan. She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1984, and attended the University of Michigan earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1988. She married Brian Harreld on November 26, 1994 in Ann Arbor, where they lived until 2001 before relocating to Dexter. She is survived by her mother, Isabel Smith of Tecumseh MI; father Samuel Smith of Durango CO; sisters, Lori Barlas of St. John USVI and Jennifer Cully of Forest Lake MN; husband, Brian Harreld; and sons, Max Harreld and Cole Harreld, twins age 13. Leslie worked for 25 years in the medical device manufacturing industry, most recently as Senior Director of Quality Management for Pall Life Sciences. She began her career with Gelman Sciences, and also worked for Terumo Medical. She continued her career with only brief interruptions during her fight with cancer. She treasured her relationships with family and friends, and forged bonds with many people of all walks of life, backgrounds and ages. Those who knew her best often described her as determined, positive, kind, resilient, calm and uncomplicated. Her commitment to family and friends in the face of a serious illness was inspiring to all who knew her. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 23, 5:30 p.m. at the Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Drive, Dexter MI. An open reception will follow at 7 p.m. at Terry B's Restaurant, 7954 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter MI. Arrangements entrusted to the Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Dexter, MI.
Published in Heritage on Sept. 19, 2013
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