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"Grief is the price we pay for Love" (Queen Elizabeth II). On March 1, 2018, John Charles Ansted Sr. lost the love of his life, Leslie Jane Ansted after a difficult but graceful battle with ovarian cancer.
Leslie is survived by the "lights of her life", sons, John (Jennifer) Ansted and David (Joanna) Ansted. Leslie and John lost their infant daughter, Ashley on Oct. 20, 1981.
Leslie was affectionately known by "Me Ma" and "Grandma Leslie" by her favorite and most important people in the world, her grandchildren. Alexander, Nicholas, Logan, Ethan, Aidan, Avery, and Diana were the recipients of the best hugs in the world and all of her recipes. If you knew Leslie, you knew everything about her grandchildren, but most importantly you knew how perfect they were.
Leslie was born on June 26, 1945, to the late Jane and Walter Schuyler Seymour. She is survived by one brother, Walther (Susan) Schuyler Jr.; sister-in-law and friend, Cindy (John) Burke; and six special nieces and nephews, Kris, Allison, Holly, John, Erin and Bridget. She is also survived by her special friend of over 50 years, Penny Seymour.
She was preceded in death by her beloved mother-in-law, Mary Hastings;and father-in-law, Kenneth Ansted.
Leslie, John and their boys enjoyed traveling throughout the years with trips to numerous places. Her favorite places were Mackinac Island, Pentwater, Siesta Key, Florida and South Bend, Indiana, where she shared and created priceless memories with her family. As the Ansted family grew, the tradition continued and she added visits to Virginia, North Carolina, and New Baltimore to spend time with her boys, daughters-in-law, and her grandchildren. She always loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events, even finding a way to make the 10 hour round trip to attend her grandson's football games late in her battle with cancer. In 2010, Leslie and Penny took a trip of a life time to Italy.
Leslie was a passionate Notre Dame football fan. She was also an avid reader, as books were her passion. Second to Leslie's love for her family was her love of her labrador retrievers. She had many special dogs over the years and leaves behind her faithful furry friends, Glory and Faith. Leslie and John supported many animal rights charities.
Leslie grew up in Flint where she cherished many hours playing with her dolls. She graduated from Flint Central High School in 1963. She went to Hillsdale College where she met the man who stole her heart. They were married for 51 years. Leslie returned to school while raising her family and graduated from nursing school in 1981 with honors. Leslie was the manager of Toy Harbor in downtown Traverse City from 1985 to 2012 and many people knew her as the "Toy Harbor Lady." Leslie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed trying new recipes. If you were coming to her home, she would always prepare your favorite meal. Leslie had an eye for fashion. During her illness you could find her in the Cancer Center for chemo or a blood transfusion dressed as if she were going to her favorite restaurant. She always looked beautiful.
Leslie would want to give special thanks to the incredible nurses, physicians, and staff at Munson Medical Center, Cowell Family Cancer Center, and Munson Hospice House for the wonderful care. She was always so appreciative of their compassion and the countless heated blankets they would bring her.
Leslie lives on in the hearts and the minds of those who love her.
Please join us for a celebration of Leslie's life on Saturday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. The family will receive friends at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cherryland Humane Society.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Leslie's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on March 4, 2018
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