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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  

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 29, 2015.
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November 23, 2020
Once again, I am reminded of what a beautiful and brave woman she was! She is always in my heart.
Cheryl Bonifant
February 27, 2019
Dear Wayne:

We have also been trying to be in touch with you these past few years. I hope that you received our previous Guest Book message. Leslie remains so deeply in our hearts. Would you kindly call me when you are able: 301-246-3886. Thank you.

Philippa Street
February 17, 2019
Wayne, I was trying to find you after all these years and found this site. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you have found peace with all of this.

I would love to talk with you. If you can, look me up on Facebook.
Waylan Tucker
January 17, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Sending Light and Love.
Art Citron
May 10, 2016
Wayne, Ana and Kirrill, our sincerest condolences. We just found out last night about our dear Leslie's passing. May her soul rest in peace and may you all be able to find comfort in the wonderful memories of your beloved Leslie as you celebrate her life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With much love and blessings. Philippa, Lauren, Elena, Ying and the Board.
May 9, 2016
I just want to register, as a member of a Board on which Leslie served well, that she is missed. We discovered belatedly that she had passed on. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
Andrea Dawes
May 8, 2016
I have lost count how often I think about dear Leslie. The impulse to text or call her, to hear her voice and wonderful laugh, or to seek her advice doesn't end and won't end for me. She was such a bright light in my life! I am better because I knew her, and so incredibly fortunate that she was my family and my very dear friend. She will live in my heart always. God Bless now and forever.
December 20, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. I met Leslie only once in the Madeira School store, and she was so incredibly helpful and gracious to allow me in after closing. God bless and keep the family.
Ilise Scott
December 5, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. May the hope of seeing Leslie again in paradise help you to cope as you mourn.
Annie Ingram
December 5, 2015
Today's service was a lovely tribute to Leslie. She clearly brought joy into the world to many people as evidenced by the size of the crowd today. I got to know her at St. Andrew's through the parents' association and we had a lot of fun working on the auction together. May her memory be eternal.
Cindy Matlack
December 4, 2015
I will always remember Leslie's smile. It was genuine and beautiful! We met at St. Andrews when it was a small, new school. Leslie was always sweet and kind to everyone. She was always happy and surrounded by friends. I think we are all lucky to have known her. I am very sorry I can not attend the service tomorrow. Peace be with you all. Rest in peace sweet Leslie. You are loved!
Susan Marchand
December 4, 2015
Asia and I were extremely saddened to learn of the home going of Ms. Thompson. She taught my daughter in the 5th grade and through her nurturing and thoughtfulness, brought Asia out of her shell. She will truly be missed. Prayers of comfort to her family, and may the peace of the Lord be with you all always.
Karen Christian
December 3, 2015
I am shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of Leslie. I remember her well from St. Andrews. Wayne - my thoughts are with you.
Heinrich ("Henry") Bofinger
December 2, 2015
Obie, Wayne, Ana and Kirill-my thoughts and prayers are with you.

I met Leslie when we were both sophomores at JMU. A mutual friend introduced us and we ended up being roommates our junior and senior years. We lived in Converse Hall, or the Convent as it was referred to because it was a hall that housed all girls. We decided to pick a theme for our room and it was Pink Flamingos. Our room was lovingly referred to as The Flamingo Lounge! Since that time, I've never passed a flamingo that I didn't think of her. We thought we were cool, but we probably weren't. Leslie was the best roommate and friend anyone could ever have. While I was Type A and a little high strung, she was patient and calm. We truly were the perfect pair. Her smile and laugh could certainly light up a room and I am lucky to have been able to call her my friend these past almost 30 years. The list of adjectives that describe Les just goes on and on, but some of the best are: strong, courageous, loving, funny, kind, humble and gracious. Just like her beloved Audrey Hepburn, she was classy and timeless.
Sheri Thompson
December 2, 2015
I knew Leslie the best through her impact and influence on her amazing kids Ana and Kirill. God bless you Leslie. Your legacy is in them, and it is a wonderful one.
Stephanie McClellan
December 1, 2015
I think many of us are thinking "Leslie was my best friend," because she was such a good friend to everyone. She had a gift for making you feel welcome, valued, and loved. Whether we were shopping, hanging out by the pool and flirting with boys, acting in a school play, or watching General Hospital we always had a good time together. We called her grandmother's Cadillac the Batmobile, even though it was green and not black. I remember her grandmother's twin "Aunt Skeet" always wore high heels, saying it was too uncomfortable to wear flats. Gams and Aunt Skeet were style icons! Les and I drove shoe sales people crazy, always asking for the same shoe in a size 5 for me and a 10 for her. We often bought the same dresses, or the same outfit in different colors. We weren't in the same grade, but we nearly always ate lunch together, auditioned for school plays together, and hung out after school together. We were as close as sisters (closer than I was with my sister at the time), and best friends. My life is better because she was a part of it.
Janet Montgomery
December 1, 2015
Leslie was a bright and helpful face in the Camp Greenway Office. I just got to know her last summer when my son first came to camp, but I had been looking forward to seeing her there for years to come. I'm sorry she has gone too soon.
December 1, 2015
I loved Leslie from the years I knew and taught her at St. Andrew's. Our friendship developed and strengthened in the years since. She was an absolutely wonderful and amazing woman, and her loss is devastating to all her friends, but most especially to dear Wayne, Ana, and Kiril.
Patricia Snowden
November 30, 2015
Leslie was a good friend to me. I worked with her at St. Elizabeth and she was always very kind and an easy person to talk to. I know she was an excellent and caring teacher who always put everything into making her students successful. She was a caring mother and very proud of her children. Leslie's face always lit up when she talked about her kids. I am glad to have known her and my prayers are with her family.
Katharine Balog
November 30, 2015
Mrs. Thompson was a good woman and teacher. She spoke highly of her family. May God bless you all and give you his strength.
November 30, 2015
Leslie radiated warmth, kindness, and spirit. She quickly became a friend when our daughter was a student at St. Andrew's, and I always looked forward to seeing her there. Even after we moved on from St. Andrew's, Leslie remained a valued friend. I admired and liked her so much! Deepest condolences.
Wendy Jordan
November 30, 2015
What an amazing woman Leslie was...mom, wife, educator, daughter, daughter-in-law. The list goes on. And, what an amazing family you are Wayne, Ana and Kiril. Our hearts go out to you. With love, the Davenports
November 29, 2015
Sometimes you are born with a sister, and sometimes God blesses you by letting you choose your own later in life. I am so thankful for our time together. I miss you.
Aileen Shaffer
November 29, 2015
I met Leslie in the summer of 1984 when we were both working at Sym's in Rockville. She was always smiling and happy. I am still stunned and heart broken from her passing. I send my thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. She loved everyone so much.

Mimi Privot Meyer
Michelle Meyer
November 29, 2015
Love & prayers & light dear Wayne, Ana & Kiril: Remembering Leslie-for Ana & Kiril-

I was 14 years old when I met your Mom, some 35 years ago. She would have been one of the first people I met on the first day of ninth grade at my new school, St. Andrew's. Dr. Borg, the headmaster would have been the first person I met, as he always greeted each student by name outside the front entrance of the school. Your Mom was like the Ambassador of Students, if there were such a thing. I had just come from two years at another private school. Those two years went smoothly in an academic sense, terribly in a social sense. It had been my first private school experience. I was now wary of my second private school experience. Although my siblings had grown up in the city, I grew up in the country and had little clue as to life outside my public elementary school. Already painfully shy, but now knowing where I stood in the social strata of Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Washington DC adolescent society, which was so far outside the circle that most people at my old school couldn't even see me. I didn't have trendy clothing. I didn't wear makeup. I didn't know the right people. Your Mom was effervescent, outgoing, nosy even, but in a nice way. She was stylish, organized, determined. Inclusive is the word that comes to mind when I think of Leslie. She had so many friends of such variety. She was skilled at bringing people together in spite of differences. She never insisted on uniformity but appreciated the nuances and variations of all the people in her life. She shared her friends always encouraging new connections amongst us. She took a group of "couldn't be more different from each other" and turned us into a community. She stood up for what she believed in and who she believed in, always.
Sarah Watkins
November 29, 2015
Many of us at St A's were misfits, but the sense of family I felt there far surpassed that even among my relatives. Leslie was always inclusive and compassionate and a big part of why I enjoyed being there, even through the school's growing pains. What a smile! She could light up a room! Her light will continue to grace this planet through the two beautiful people she raised. I am grateful to have known her. Heartfelt love to dear Wayne, Ana, & Kirill.
Jen White (Jeni Williams at St As)
Jennifer White
November 29, 2015
Leslie was one of my best friends from James Madison University. She was witty, intuitive, courageous, funny, joyful, and one of the kindest people I have ever met. I am better for having known her and will forever carry her in my heart.
Deirdre O'Connor
November 29, 2015
Our sweet and full of life cousin Leslie....you are our shining light...forever bright...forever missed...forever loved. Our prayers and thoughts are with Wayne, Ana, Kirill and Uncle Obie. May God provide you comfort and may the memories of Leslie bring you joy.

Love always....Judy Thompson, Lindsey & Lauren
Judy Thompson
November 29, 2015
Wayne, my thoughts are with you and your family today. I just learned of this from Greg on Facebook and wanted to send my love to you. May the loving memories you shared together sustain you through the days ahead.
Matthew Gallagher
November 29, 2015
It's interesting that I had the opportunity to direct Leslie in "The Importance of Being Earnest". Gwendolyn was much like her - optimistic, gentle and uncomplicated. I'll always remember her electric smile, musical laughter and most of all her genuine kindness.
Joe Harper
November 29, 2015
I met Leslie, when I moved from CT and started in the middle of my sophomore year at St.Andrews. She was a warm friendly girl who made me feel welcome in a new place. I will always be grateful for the friendship she gave me over all these years. She was always there to support her friends and will forever be loved and remembered for the greatness of her heart.
Todd Rist
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