Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL/STATE -

Les­lie Therese Ford, 55, of Lin­den Cal­i­for­nia passed away on Septem­ber 26, 2019. Born in Stock­ton, Cal­i­for­nia to Philip Bick­inella and Fern Leonar­dini, Les­lie was the youngest of four sis­ters.

In ele­men­tary school Les­lie moved to Lodi with her mother and step-fa­ther, Andy Leonar­dini and grad­u­ated from Lodi High School in 1982. She mar­ried Bud Ford (d.) on May 20, 1989 in Stock­ton. They soon moved to Lin­den where they made their home. To­gether they had two chil­dren, Nicholas (d.) and Elis­a­beth.

Les­lie be­came an ac­tive mem­ber of her com­mu­nity and served as a mem­ber of the Cham­ber of Com­merce. She worked for her fa­therin-law, Ken Ford Con­struc­tion, which al­lowed her to also be a stay-ath­ome mom most of the time. She and Bud pur­chased the old bean plant in Lin­den and opened Lin­den Self Stor­age. She hosted the town’s an­nual Christ­mas Tree Light­ing cer­e­mony there.

Her fa­vorite times were spent at the many sport­ing events of her chil­dren, nieces and neph­ews, and the many chil­dren who be­came her own along the way. She es­pe­cially loved Dar­ian’s foot­ball games and Henry’s rugby matches, where ev­ery­one knew her. She loved the beach and spent many happy times with her fam­ily in Ap­tos.

Les­lie’s lov­ing and giv­ing heart was felt by ev­ery­one who knew her. She was gen­er­ous with her time and do­nated to many causes that were im­por­tant to her. Les­lie was full of life and her love for all those in her life ran deep. She was al­ways think­ing of oth­ers and the first to lend a help­ing hand.

She is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Elis­a­beth (Henry Hall); mother and step­fa­ther, Fern and Andy Leonar­dini; sis­ters, Va­lerie Pol­lard (Paul Maduena), Lisa Pol­lard (Andy Lago­marsino), Ch­eryl & Al Cham­bers; nieces, Katie Jones (Zachary), Julie Pol­lard, Tess LaRue; great­niece, Devon Pol­lard; great­nephews, Dar­ian Pol­lard, Mav­er­ick and Nolan Jones.

She is also sur­vived by her many fam­ily and friends, es­pe­cially Or­val and Lynn Sholer, the O’Flinn fam­ily, Christo­pher and Gar­ret Sholer, the Wright fam­ily, the Derk­sen fam­ily and many other spe­cial aunts, un­cles, cousins and friends who meant the world to her. She is pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Bud; son, Nicholas; fa­ther, Philip; nephew, Jamie Pol­lard; and fa­ther-in-law, Ken Ford. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

Visi­ta­tion will be held on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 4, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Casa Bonita Fu­neral Home, 2500 Ceme­tery Lane, Stock­ton, CA. Friends and fam­ily are also in­vited to at­tend Les­lie’s fu­neral ser­vice on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 5, 2019 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 18633 E. Front St., Lin­den, CA at 12:30 p.m. Burial to fol­low at Lin­den Ceme­tery.

A col­lege ac­count has been set up for Elis­a­beth at Farm­ers and Mer­chants Bank in Lin­den.

Please sign the guest book at www.lodinews.com/ guest­book.

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