November 28, 1913 ~ February 27, 2009
JESTER, Leatha Fern
The Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother and matriarch of the family. Born in Urich, Missouri on November 28th, 1913, she rejoined her love on February 27th, 2009 with family at her side.
Brought to California in the late 20's Leatha Graduated from Warren G. Harding High before it was University High. She met the love of her life in Sawtelle (West L.A.) at a church dance and shortly thereafter made Barney Jester the happiest man in the world by accepting his marriage proposal.
In between hugs and kisses and trips to Yosemite she provided Barney with a loving home and two daughters that were the joy of his life. She worked at Leeds Shoe Stores when the sacrifices of World War II required it but her true calling was in being a Wife and Mother. She was married to Barney for 76 years before his passing in 2005.
During those years of marriage she became the Grandmother to 7 grandkids, 10 Great-Grandchildren, and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren. She was all that and more. Cook, master of ceremonies, a collector of dolls and caretaker of dogs. Words cannot say all that Grandma was. She was the glue that held the family together. She was the counselor of disputes, the shoulder to cry on, and the nurse of injuries. When Grandpa's anger flared red hot she was the umbrella to hide under. She was the rocks that the waves broke on, the eternal optimist and the caller of your bluffs. Supremely Loyal to her husband and children. Fearlessly compassionate, she would even open her heart and home to the care of a Great-Grandson at age 62.
When Barney left her in 2005 the last thing he asked was for Leatha to marry him again, Of course she agreed, but she did it on her time. She waited long enough to see the birth of one more Great-Great Grandson before she decided to Give her love an early Birthday present and return to him. Although it will never seem right to not have Grandma here with us, do not despair. For her passing is not a loss, but a reunion and a celebration of a love that lasted 76 years in this world and will last for an eternity in the next.
Visitation will be today, Wednesday, Mar. 4th from 11am - 1pm at White and Day Colonial Mortuary of Redondo Beach, CA, followed by the tribute service at 1:30 p.m. at the Pacific Crest Cemetery of Redondo Beach.
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