Houston Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

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.

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