Leslie Hays Forehand, of Longmont, passed away February 16, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center of Broomfield and Boulder Counties, after a heroic battle with ovarian cancer. Her outlook and positive spirit even when faced with a terminal illness was a testament to her courage and fortitude. She was 64.
Leslie was born on December 1, 1947 in Evanston, Illinois to George R Hays and Ruth G (Offner) Hays, and was raised in St. Louis, MO. She later graduated from Drake University with a bachelor's degree in Business. She graduated from the University of Denver in 1985 with her Masters in Library Science. She started her career at the National Center of Atmospheric Research in Boulder in 1985. First volunteering, then became fulltime in 1986. She was Head of Public Services, and the face of the NCAR Library at Foothills. In 2010, Leslie was part of a team that received the prestigious NCAR Administrative Achievement Award. A memorial is planned for the NCAR Library, where Leslie spent 25 years of her professional career.
Leslie moved to Boulder during the fall of 1969. She worked at Aber's Music City in Boulder, and then moved to Denver for two years where she worked for an insurance company during the day, and held an evening job at the Denver Dry Goods.
She joined the Colorado Mountain Club in 1969 where she grew to love the Colorado Rockies even more, and on a hike in the Fall of 1971 met Ron Forehand - a fellow Mountain Club member and hiker.
Leslie and Ron were married in 1972, moved to Broomfield, Colorado and then eventually to Longmont. Leslie and Ron welcomed a son, Ryan in 1973, and a daughter Kimberly in 1975, and moved to Southmoor Park in Longmont where the children were raised through high school
Leslie will be remembered for her loving, thoughtful, generous nature, and for her love for her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She was a master of crafting, quilting, and knitting. She made numerous quilts, sweaters, and handmade items for her family. She also had a love for Colorado, where she enjoyed hiking, and mainly the outdoors. She was also a lover of Motown music.
Leslie was preceded in death by her parents, and her former husband Ron. She is survived by her son Ryan (Jennifer) of Longmont and their three children, Liam, Kai and Meade, daughter Kimberly (Brent) of Cary, North Carolina and their son Brayden, three sisters, Sally (Tom) Tulk of Denver, Barb Sprung of Chicago, Ill, Marilyn (Kent) Wilton of St Louis, MO, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
A celebration of Leslie's life will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11:00 am at Life bridge Christian church in Longmont. A private family burial service at Foothills Garden of Memory will follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Leslie's name to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
Arrangements for Leslie are under the direction of Carroll-Lewellen Funeral Home. Visit carroll-lewellen.com to share condolences with the family.