Leslie Owen Thompson
On November 21, 2015 Leslie Owen Thompson (age 50) died from heart failure in Bethesda, MD. Born on September 2, 1965, Leslie is a long time resident of the Washington, DC area. Leslie is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Wayne C. Fowler, her children Ana Fowler (17) and Kirill Fowler (16), her father Owen B. Thompson, her sister Wendy Thompson Snow, and brother Russ Thompson. She was preceded by her mother, Garland Wooding Thompson. She leaves behind many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins including those from the Thompson, Bonifant, and Middleton families.Despite battling heart disease since birth, Leslie considered herself a lucky woman, who approached each day full of gratitude. She decided to be joyful about having had a full life, rather than dispirited about her medical struggles. She was caring and beautiful inside and out. She loved life, her family, and her friends and taught us all to do the same. She persevered whether life threw lemons or riches. She raised her children to be strong, just as she was.Loved in her community, she changed the lives of many young people. Her career as an educator included St. Andrew's Episcopal School, St. Elizabeth's Catholic School, St. Ann's Academy, St. Francis International, and The Madeira School. More than just a teacher, she was a spiritual leader, a counselor, and a caretaker and she built a community everywhere she went.Let us honor Leslie's memory by living life fully, passionately, bravely and courageously, just like she taught us. We will cherish and remember her until the end of time.A memorial to celebrate the life of Leslie will be on Saturday, December 5 at 12 noon at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma St., N.W. Reception to follow. "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. " 2 Corinthians 4:16
Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 29, 2015.