Barbara Leslie
1948 - 2021
Gunderson Funeral Home - Oregon
1150 Park St
Oregon, WI

Leslie, Barbara Sue (Garrott)

MADISON - Barbara Sue Leslie, age 73, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at Agrace HospiceCare. She was born on June 24, 1948, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of William and Ruth (Atkins) Garrott.

Barbara graduated from Madison West High School in 1966 and UW-Oshkosh. She married James Leslie on Aug. 29, 1970, in Middleton, Wis. Barbara worked for Goodwill Industries for 43 years, and was acting president and CEO for the last 23 years. She retired in 2015.

Barbara loved gardening, walking, reading, baking and cooking. She was a world-renowned decorator. Barbara was a good euchre player and enjoyed playing with her friends and sisters.

Barbara is survived by her husband, James; son, Peter (Kelly) Leslie; daughter, Molly (Tim) Riedl; grandchildren, Lily Leslie and Grace and Parker Riedl; sisters, Linda Hansen and Patricia (Alan) Hanson; and brothers, William (Liza) Garrott and Robert (Jane) Garrott. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Thomas Garrott; and brother-in-law, Craig Hansen.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be gifted in Barbara's name to the CJD Foundation. A special thank you to Dr. Santiago Hernandez from St. Mary's Hospital, Dr. Utrie from SSM Health and all the nurses at Agrace HospiceCare for their kindness and care. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Oregon

Funeral & Cremation Care

1150 Park St.

(608) 835-3515

Published by on Sep. 5, 2021.
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Dear Leslie Family: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Barb. I worked as a consultant to Goodwill for more than 20 years and had the wonderful opportunity of working with her. She was a consummate professional and fun to work with. We financed and built many housing projects for the population of individuals that Goodwill serves. Barb loved her family and would always talk about all of you. My sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Barb you will be truly missed.
Ann Coleman
September 7, 2021
Goodbye to my 6th grade girlfriend, RIP Barb!
Larry Gessler
September 6, 2021
Barb was a tremendous and wonderful person. She was also a great leader at Goodwill of SC Wisconsin for many years. She will be missed.
Jack Eich
September 5, 2021
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