Leigh Lussie
1946 - 2021
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Leigh Lussie

Windsor Heights - Leigh Lussie, 75, of Windsor Heights, passed away peacefully, full of grace and courage, on Monday, April 26, 2021 at the EveryStep Kavanaugh House in Des Moines.

Leigh was born on March 4, 1946 to Arthur Jr. and Marjorie Holm in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, graduating in 1964, and received both her teaching degree and her Masters in counseling from Drake University.

Leigh began her professional career as an upper grade English teacher at Lincoln High from 1969 to 1987. Leigh then became a counselor at North High School and guided her students through each grade toward graduation. Her connection with each student helped them navigate through high school and beyond. Many of those connections were with her throughout her life. Her compassion and contagious laugh endeared her to her students and staff.

Outside of teaching and counseling, Leigh was an artist. She was a prolific quilter. As a longtime member of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild, Leigh had served as its president and quilt show co-chair. She was a member of the "Laundry Basket" applique group as well as a member of the "Bitsy Chicks" miniature quilt group. An excellent appliquer, Leigh often taught classes and made presentations throughout central Iowa. From 1992 to 2018, Leigh won over 30 blue ribbons for her quilts at the Iowa State Fair and nearly 20 in the annual DMAQG shows. She also won multiple "Best of Show" ribbons and was honored several times for winning the most blue ribbons at the Fair. Leigh was also a member of the American Quilter's Society and her quilts were featured in several national shows and publications.

Leigh was an avid antique collector, and a member of the Questers Guild. She loved thimbles, sewing memorabilia, early American folk art, antique rocking horses, decoys, and game boards.

Leigh's life was overflowing with wonderful friends from quilting, questering, book clubs, teaching, counseling, childhood and TRHS classmates, and traveling the world. Leigh was truly adored and both a blessing and an inspiration to all that knew and loved her so dearly.

Leigh was preceded in death by her husband, Rick Lussie; parents, Arthur Holm Jr. and Marjorie Armstrong, Aunts Maxine and Marilyn, and her grandparents Carl and Ruth Mussetter, and Arthur and Irene Holm.

She is survived by her brother, Rick (Julie) Holm; nephews, Jeremy Holm, Jason (Charlotte) Holm, and Max (Mijoe Sahiouni) Holm; cousins Lisa Johnston, Charlie Card, Bob Card, and Jim Card, and four grandchildren of her brother Rick. Hayden, Graham, Evie, and Carter.

A celebration of life will be scheduled in the coming months.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.caldwellparrish.com






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Published in the Des Moines Register from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2021.
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8 entries
May 3, 2021
It was a pleasure to have known Leigh. Greatful for the friendship and joy she brought to our Thimble group. She will be missed.
Linda Johnson
Friend
May 3, 2021
I was a close friend of her brother, Rick. She and her mother Marge were saints to put up with both of us , especially through our early teen years. She was so pretty and funny and put up with our BS . Such good memories of those simpler times . So sorry to hear of the passing of this beautiful woman.
R J Leonard
Friend
May 3, 2021
RIP
Ronald Sienkiewicz
Friend
May 2, 2021
We had a lot of fun organizing our class reunions together. She was a good lady to know.
Karen Wittenbaugh
Classmate
May 2, 2021
Thoughts and prayers for family and friends of this wonderful lady. She will be missed. Linda and Ray Berglund. (Walnut Creek Y)
Linda Berglund
May 2, 2021
Leigh and Rick were two of the best people that we had the great fortune to call friends. Leigh had a sense of humor that was unstoppable and a laugh that made everyone around her a little happier.
Paul Wharff & Juli Duncan
Friend
May 2, 2021
She took charge of the Class Reunion Committee's financial affairs and did a great job. She was so much fun to be around. She will be missed.
Karen Wittenbaugh
Classmate
May 2, 2021
I got to know Leigh when I went to Lincoln in the 70's to teach English. At that time, Leigh was the department chairperson. We were a very large department including Foreign Languages, Speech/Drama as well as English. I recall sitting around a large circle and Leigh proceeded to discuss the department budget, ordering supplies, and how our allotted money should be spent. I was immediately impressed with her ability to not only keep all of us on track but her warmth and caring for us and later discovered her love she had of her students and the remainder of the staff. But, it was her laugh I shall forever treasure. I can still hear it in my head. She knew intuitively her infectious laughter boosted everyone's moods instantly. She found the joy in everyday living. She knew 'Laughter is the best medicine.' Everyone who had the opportunity to truly know Leigh knew she also had a very serious side to her believing every single being had a purpose and she respected that. Leigh loved her husband Rick and followed his love of the Blues. She loved her several dogs who were lucky enough to have Leigh as their mom over the many years. Leigh knew intuitively we only have one life to live and she lived hers with splendor!!! Rest in Peace, our dear friend, Leigh.
Shirley Corkhill
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