LESLIE CAROLE GREGOIRE
Leslie Carole Gregoire, 59 years of age, passed away peacefully in the warm embrace of her loving family on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas after a long and brave struggle with multiple, serious illnesses.
She was born November 1, 1959, in Douglas, Arizona to Bill and Carole Shrode. She was oldest of five children and blessed with an independent and nurturing spirit. Leslie had keen organizational skills and professionally, enjoyed a 25-year career as executive assistant to a succession of executives at American General Insurance, ING and Voya Financial. She met and married the love of her life, Jack Gregoire in Georgetown, Texas where they later married in a backyard ceremony at their house on March 24, 1990. Soon after, they moved to Houston and Katy, Texas and raised three beautiful children which were Leslie’s passion and focus in life. She immersed herself in her children’s education and activities from horseback riding to soccer to raising lambs. Leslie was a loved and cherished member of a large, extended family. Her gentle, sweet and funny personality was her hallmark and was enjoyed and appreciated by her family and friends. She had a weakness for spoiling her five grandchildren who lovingly, knew her as Nana.
Leslie is preceded in death by her beloved father, Bill. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Jack; her adoring children, Kristen Waldon and husband Jason, Matthew Barone and wife Casey and Patti Ferrin and husband Shawn; grandchildren, Lynleigh and Logan Waldon, Walker and William Barone and Rolland Ferrin; her special mother, Carole Shrode and loving siblings, Dena Jost, David Shrode, Danny Shrode and Joy Kuempel and many cousins, nieces, nephews on both sides of her family and of course many loving brothers and sisters-in-law.
Leslie’s entire extended family will gather together at the Georgetown home of her mother, Carole Shrode, on Thanksgiving Day for a private remembrance and celebration of her life.
The Gregoire family wants to extend a profound expression of our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the multitude of dedicated healthcare professionals of the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center. The love and care showered so generously on Leslie and our family over the course of the past year has been humbling. These folks simply are the best at what they do.
The family has made a donation in Leslie’s name to the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation (www.houstonmethodist.org/giving). This is a worthy focus for expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers, but candidly, more than anything we appreciate your love expressed through warm thoughts and prayers and that is all for which Leslie would have ever hoped.