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Lesley Ann (Leniak) Parrish


1934 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Lesley Ann (Leniak) Parrish Obituary
Lesley Ann (Leniak) Parrish was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 7, 1934. She left on her last road trip on October 16, 2017 at Mercy Regional Medical Center at the age of 83.
Lesley met and married her sweetheart Richard Parrish in September 1953. They raised three children together, Leanne, Bryan and Deidre. Lesley and Richard had ""sand in their shoes"" most of their lives, moving from Chicago to northern Wisconsin, then to California, Arizona, Utah, and finally Cortez and Cedaredge, Colorado. Lesley and Richard came to Cortez in the 1980s where Lesley continued her career in EMS, mentoring many of the current generation of EMS workers in Montezuma County.
They also spent many years traveling in their motor home throughout the United States. Lesley loved living independently until the time of her final trip to the hospital. She and her sidekick Oreo would often be seen walking Montezuma Avenue in Cortez. She will be missed by her family and her community.
Lesley was preceded in death by her husband Richard. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Leanne and Gary Buck of Dolores, CO; son, Bryan Parrish of Phoenix, AZ; and daughter, Deidre Brewer of Moab, UT. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Peter Weldon of Los Angeles, CA; Katy Samora of Cortez, CO; Trevor Mott of Logan, UT; Nicholas Mott of Moab, UT; Andrew Kelly and Elora Kelly of Moab, UT; Faith Parrish of Cortez, CO; and Heather Parrish of Phoenix, AZ. Lesley also had great-grand children: Hope Weldon of Los Angeles, CA, Naomi Kelly of Moab, UT, and Kaydence and Teagun Samora of Cortez. A memorial service will be held in the spring.
The family requests that in lieu of cards or flowers, that you practice random acts of kindness as Lesley would.
Published in The Journal on Oct. 24, 2017
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