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Leslie Parks-Finley

Exuberant, spontaneous, adventurous, caring, a collector of friends-all words to describe Leslie Hunt Parks-Finley. Born September 8, 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri to Hubbard and Karen Parks, "Dr. Leslie" died unexpectedly on Nov. 25, 2008 while on a family vacation in Telluride, Colorado. A 1988 graduate of MacArthur High School in San Antonio, Leslie received her BS from Southwestern University in 1993 and her medical degree in 1997 from Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and returned "home" to Texas to open her practice in The Woodlands. Not a dreamer but a doer, Leslie lived life with fierceness and passion. She loved to travel and regaled us all with her escapades around the world-whether it was scuba diving in Mexico , swimming with sharks and feeding baby elephants in Thailand or jumping out of airplanes "just because" Leslie lived life to the fullest. Her glass was never half full, it was overflowing. She loved pedicures, the Houston Stock Show and Rodeo, stray animals, plain folks, her patients and her colleagues. But most of all she loved her family. Leslie leaves behind her beautiful, two-year-old twins, Virginia Hubbard Finley and Lucas Young Finley, and her husband Robert Scott Finley. She is survived by her parents, Hubbard and Karen Parks, her sister and brother-in-law, Allison and Michael Burkey, and their daughters Ella and Faith Burkey. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, November 30, at 2 p.m. at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, 825 E. Basse Road, San Antonio and at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, TX on Wednesday, December 3 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a memorial fund in honor of her children being set up at www.leslieparks.com.
Published in Express-News on Nov. 29, 2008
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