Lisa DiLeo
1936 - 2021
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DILEO, Lisa Obituary for Lisa Jester Meadows DiLeo August 26, 1936 - December 29, 2020 Born in San Angelo, Lisa Jester Meadows was the first child of Elise Jester Meadows and Claude William Meadows, Jr. While in elementary school, Lisa began her skill of forging strong, lifelong friendships. These friends named themselves the Concho Pearls, and Lisa was later known as the Mother of the Pearls. Lisa and some of the Pearls finished their junior and senior years of high school at The Hockaday School for girls in Dallas, where she would later use her people skills working in alumni relations. After graduation, Lisa studied at the University of Texas where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. On a visit home, Lisa met her future husband stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, William "Bill" F. Judd. They began their married life in Rapid City, South Dakota where Bill was stationed with Strategic Air Command. After his discharge, they moved to Dallas where he pursued a career in accounting. As a CPA, Bill worked for the Charles E. Seay Company. The family moved to Midland where they raised their three children. Lisa made life-long friends in Midland. She was also active in her Presbyterian church and in the Presbytery. Lisa moved to Dallas after the marriage ended. She made yet more enduring friendships there and reconnected with her Hockaday friends and her beloved cousin Sally Seay Stout. Lisa was a world-class traveler and experienced most of the world through her preferred mode, cruising. Lisa also enjoyed classical Jazz, attending many festivals and jazz cruises. At times, she sang with the band. She met her husband Sam DiLeo at one of these festivals. Later Lisa moved back home to San Angelo to help her sister Susan Meadows Pfluger care for their widowed Mother. In San Angelo, she yet again expanded her circle of friends, supporting many social causes, and remained devoted to the church. Lisa had a life-long struggle with her weight. She found comfort and strength in 12-Step programs, where she mentored others. In all this Lisa had a gift for witty conversation, a quick and curious mind, a marvelous sense of humor, and a compassionate heart. Perhaps her greatest gifts were appreciating, supporting, and valuing friends and strangers alike. She shared these life lessons with a grateful love of God's gifts of life with friends through good jazz music and world travel all which nourishing her genuine faith. In addition to her children Elise Jester Judd of Carrollton, David F. Judd of Lake Mary, FL, and Claude Meadows Judd (Amy) also of Carrollton, she is survived by her grandchildren Abbey E. Judd studying in Austin, and Sarah L. Judd studying in Memphis, TN. She is also survived by her sister, Susan M. Pfluger (Robert) of San Angelo, a niece Claire C. Field (Steve) of Spicewood, TX, and nephew James T. Cowden (Patrick) of Austin, TX. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Research (act.alz.org) or Alzheimer Foundation (alzfdn.org), Al-Anon (al-anon.org) or Overeaters Anonymous (oa.org)-7th Tradition Contribution, or church and charities of your choice. Services will be held at a later date at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in San Angelo and a graveside memorial service.




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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Lisa was our beloved Jazz Mom (and a Mom to many it seems) that we met on The Jazz Cruise over a decade ago. We spent countless hours on the cruise and as her guest at the West Texas Jazz Parties discussing the music and musicians. From the very beginning we didn't always agree and that was the fun. Her knowledge of genre was broad but her interests were far reaching. She hosted us at her home for the jazz parties and was proud of her Texan heritage and San Angelo as she showed us around and introduced us to her friends. Our lives have been enriched by knowing you Lisa and a gap remains in our hearts.
Steve & Dee Dee
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January 6, 2021
Lisa was my longtime "Adopted Mama," whom I introduced myself to after hearing her refer to the Diet Table at Camp Waldemar during a meeting. I didn't find out that she didn't like Waldemar (a sacrilege in my book) for a couple of years, and by then she was a pillar of my sanity and a never-ending source of love, wisdom and humor. She possessed an uncanny and highly entertaining mix of irreverence, intelligence and understanding of the human condition, as well as an adventuresome nature that was a generation ahead of her time and place in society. Someone once asked at a 12-Step meeting if anyone had her phone number, and at least 5 people raised their hands. She was indeed the "Universal Sponsor." And since it wasn't mentioned in the obituary, I know she would want me to remind everyone that she was introduced at Univ. of Texas Rush as the "Girl Who Kissed James Dean" at a cast party for Giant.
Markeeta McNatt Brown
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