OBITUARY

Lesley Adele Ward

July 30, 1941October 16, 2020
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Lesley Adele Ward passed away October 16, 2020 at the age of 79 years young in Brookhaven, Georgia.

Lesley was born in Brooklyn, New York to Winona Viereck and Alfred G Ward on July 30, 1941. She moved around during her childhood, as her father was a career Navy officer who rose to the rank of Four Star Admiral before retiring in 1968. They settled in Norfolk, VA near the Naval base for her high school years at Granby, where she met her husband Tom Winingder. She attended the College of William and Mary, graduating in 1963. That year, she married Tom, and the young couple moved to Boston where Tom attended Harvard Business School. They had their oldest daughter Dana in 1965, and then they moved to Germany for two years while Tom served his active duty time at the Army base in Bad Aibling. Their second daughter Deborah was born there in 1967. They returned to Atlanta, Georgia and their third daughter Jennifer Dale was born in 1970.

Lesley went on to graduate from Georgia State University with a Masters Degree in Counseling and then to obtain a PhD in 1982 in psychology. Lesley was briefly married to David Bottoms- a fellow William and Mary alum- during this time. She taught at several universities in New York and began a private practice in Bronxville NY, and then New York City, where she practiced for 6 years. She returned to Atlanta in 1991 and continued to practice here until her retirement in March of 2020. She was a two-time president of the Georgia Psychological Association, and an active member of the International Club for over 15 years; she greatly enjoyed going on biking trips with the Club. She was a Board Member of Common Cause Georgia for over 10 years, and she was also a Board member of the Emory Center for Ethics for the same amount of time. She remained a very active member of the William and Mary Alumni Association since graduation, often taking trips with that group. She was an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church since 1992, and participated in the church trips to Haiti to work with the sister school down there. She also traveled with the Institut du Francais to France several times, which she enjoyed greatly. After 9/11, she began regular conversation evenings at her home where guests enjoyed discussing a variety of topics, including global, national, and local issues and events.

Lesley was an avid world traveler and she made friends everywhere she went. She collected art from her travels and her home was a reflection of her love for art, culture and beauty. She was a deeply devoted grandmother to her 9 grandchildren, and made time to see each of them and support them in all their activities. They were her pride and joy, along with her three daughters.

Lesley is preceded in death by her father, Alfred G. Ward, and her mother, Winona Viereck.

She is survived by her sisters Marion Ward and Cindy Welti, her children Dana and Tom Sulger, Deborah and John Peters, and Jennifer Winingder, her grandchildren Anna, Thomas, Lauren and Charlotte Sulger, Arabella, Amelia, and Georgina Peters, and Laila and Moustafa El-Mattrawy.

There is an online memorial page devoted to Lesley website for friends and family to post fond memories and tributes to Lesley, and a memorial photo album. Please visit www.dignitymemorial.com and enter Lesley Ward in the search bar for obituaries.

Memorial Service details will be posted there soon.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Team Lele (Dr. Lesley Ward) at Tackle ALS. www.tackleals.com

Services

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Sandy Freedman Keim

October 24, 2020

Leslie was one of my best high school friends at Granby High School in Norfolk.
I loved going to her house and we always had so much fun together with all of our gang.
I am so sad and shocked at her passing and wish I had words to help the family she left.
Rest In Peace good friend.
Sandy better known as Sonya or Mouse.

Bill Jones

October 21, 2020

Going all the way through Granby High School and William and Mary with Lesley as a good friend was a real privilege. It did not take long for anyone to realize that Lesley was smart, attractive, talented, principled, and fun to be around. It is not surprising that Lesley has been a leader and has been successful in her pursuits. She leaves a notable legacy and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Elise Berk

October 21, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Lesley's passing and am thinking of her family and friends. A kind soul and wonderful human being. May Lesley rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

Gay Manning

October 21, 2020

Leslie was a beauty queen but was one of the women that blazed the trail for all the young graduates behind her based on her Intellectual achievements.
She will be missed by all of us who loved her for her wit and charm .
Gay Manning

Joyce Shields

October 21, 2020

Lesley was a bright spot in my life from the first time I met her at the College of William and Mary in the 60’s. We were Pi Phi sisters and remained close friends through all these years. I remember her as an enthusiastic supporter of all that she did from her days at W&M to her recent years as she traveled to support those in need due to natural disasters. She was committed to making the world a better place. And she was so much fun to be with! I have wonderful memories of our trips together with many of our W&M friends. I am so thankful for the time we had together. Her spirit and contributions will live on.

Durshi Zoberi

October 21, 2020

We met our Lesley ward at Pam Tremayne place during our international club meetings 19 years back. We were new in Atlanta and her ready smile with warmth charmed me. Once during a conversation I mentioned to her that I support a small school For computers in the slum Of Karachi. Next I received a check for $40 as her token donation. This was totally unexpected. Three years back She asked me to give a talk in our discussion evening of ICA. And graciously introduced me.
She was smart, generous and strong person and left beautiful memories for all of us to cherish. I feel that we are rich that we knew her.

Carol Dew

October 21, 2020

Jim and I will miss Lesley's warm smile and authentic personality. Her approach to life was something to be admired by all who knew her, especially during these last few challenging months. We are grateful for her generous spirit in sharing her gifts with her friends in the International Club of Atlanta.

Masarrat Husain

October 21, 2020

Lesley Ward, a Member of our International Club of Atlanta, was a loving and a friendly person and very dear to me and my wife, Durshi Zoberi. I found her always smiling with warmth. May God bless her soul.

Masarrat Husain

Sharon and Bruce Taylor

October 20, 2020

Like many others, we got to know Lesley through the International Club and are grateful for the good times together. A valued member, she could be counted on for her willingness to help with the Bon Vivants at her friend Pam Tremayne's house in our early days as members to being a knowledgeable part of the Speakers Committee in these last many years. We will miss her bright smile and warmth. May her family and friends find solace in knowing that she is at peace.

Susan Taylor

October 20, 2020

Lesley was always the best of company over the 40 years she enriched my life. I loved our lunches and dinners together in Bronxville, New York City, and Darien, our lengthy telephone conversations after she moved to Atlanta, and celebrating my birthday with her in Paris one year! In person, her eyes would sparkle as she related a recent adventure or the fun and learning she absorbed on her latest trip, or as she caught me up on the lives of her girls. I loved sharing my stories with her, too, she had such an appreciation for the drama to be found in quotidian events, Lesley’s sparkle came from an enormous heart filled with love, love of life, love of and pride in her daughters and grandchildren, love of people especially friends and patients, and her never ending quest to learn more, to be more. Now she belongs to our memories. Rest in peace, dearest of friends, I miss you so.

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