Leslie Miles Laverty, a longtime resident of Yreka, passed away on Nov. 26, 2013, in Carmel, Calif., where she had recently moved. She passed peacefully from complications associated with a stroke, surrounded by family in the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
Leslie was born to William "Bud" and Inez Miles in Canutillo, Texas, in 1933 and moved to Mount Shasta when she was 5 years old, where she grew up on her family's ranch on Cantara Loop Road. She graduated from Mount Shasta High School in 1951 and married Robert Laverty on Aug. 30, 1953. The family moved to Yreka in 1963. Leslie later studied art at College of the Siskiyous.
Leslie was a kind and loving wife and mother. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bob Laverty; two sisters, Gerri Dorrigan and Betty Lea; four children, Robin Laverty-Reves, Mary Ann Laverty, Erin Laverty and Philip Laverty; three grandchildren, Azita Ranjbar, Zoe Secka and Blaise Laverty; three step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Frankie Wilkie.
As an artist and musician, Leslie volunteered her time and donated her art to many charitable organizations. She was a generous and compassionate individual who supported environmental conservation organizations and charities working to alleviate hunger globally. She lived by the motto "To thine own self be true" and embraced an adventurous spirit, traveling extensively. She also took pride in homemaking. Leslie was a member of many organizations in the decades she lived in Siskiyou County. In more recent years, she studied Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), she was a member of the Siskiyou Wanderers hiking group and the community band.
A Memorial Mass and reception will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yreka, where Leslie was a longtime and active parishioner. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Shasta Memorial Park.
To sign the guestbook and leave messages or remembrances, visit The Paul Mortuary website at www.thepaulmortuary.com.