VAN BUREN - Leslie Ann McSpadden Strong, 52, daughter of Coleman and Mabel Long McSpadden, was born Sept. 11, 1952, in Van Buren and departed this life on Sept. 17, 2004, surrounded by family and friends, at her residence in Van Buren.
A lifetime resident of Van Buren, she was a 1970 graduate of the Van Buren High School and was employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation for the past 14 years. As a child, she attended the First Baptist Church in Van Buren. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fremont. Leslie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed collecting Department 56 ceramics. She also enjoyed spending time on the Current River and visiting with family and friends.
On May 1, 1970, she was united in marriage to Gary Dale Norris in Fremont. To this union one daughter was born, Jennifer Ann Norris.
On Dec. 23, 2003, she married Richard E. Strong in Van Buren.
Survivors include her husband, Richard of Van Buren; one daughter, Jennifer of Fremont; her father, Coleman McSpadden of Van Buren; three brothers and their wives, Wayne and Mary Ann McSpadden of Sikeston, Dennis and Betty McSpadden of Van Buren and Jeff and Dana McSpadden of Ellington; and several nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mabel Eileen McSpadden, on May 17, 2001; and one brother, Ryan Coleman McSpadden, on April 23, 1988.
Leslie faced her illness with a grace and courage that was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at McSpadden Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Burial followed in the Dry Valley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the
Danny Bell Cancer Center
Highway 67 North Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Sikeston Area Humane Society
P.O. Box 1428
Sikeston, MO 63801