OBITUARY

Leslie Matthews McKernan

July 17, 1950January 8, 2021
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Leslie Matthews McKernan passed away peacefully on January 8, 2021 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Collierville TN. Leslie was born July 17, 1950 to Fred and Cecil Matthews in Quincy, MA. She attended high school in NJ and after graduation she enrolled in the University of Maine, graduating cum laude. An inquisitive mind led her to pursue many varied interests throughout her life. Early on, she worked as a volunteer for the Audubon Society, which spawned a lifelong love of birds and nature. She was particularly fond of English Springer Spaniels, and owned and trained the National Field Champion “Lefty”. She was also active in riding and training Paso Finos and Thoroughbred horses. With her zest and love of life she was always busy with other passions such as golf, traditional woodworking, classical piano and literature. Leslie had a spirit of genuine kindness that was evident to anyone who met her. She was never shy about giving a compliment or sharing some encouraging words with someone she had just met. With her ready laugh and bright smile she could immediately light up a room. The later years of her life were spent with much love for her two favorite groups; the Conservative Women of Collierville and St. Cecilia’s Rosary Sodality. Within these two groups Leslie found her place to spread the truth and show her love of God and country. Her greatest joys however were reserved for her family. Her devotion to her husband John, her love of son Colin and family was only exceeded by her love of the Catholic Church and her faith. Leslie is survived by her husband John McKernan, her son Colin Ackerman and his wife Sabrina and their children Mitchell, Andrew and Hadley. Also, Leslie is survived by step-daughter Bridget Brogan and her husband Matt and children Ella and Jack Brogan. Additionally, Leslie leaves behind nephew Frederick Matthews III and cousin Elizabeth Leighton. Leslie was predeceased by her brother Frederick Matthews II. The visitation will be held on Friday, January 15th from 5pm to 7pm at Collierville Funeral Home. A high requiem mass will be offered on Saturday, January 16th at 10am at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church located at 28 Peebles Rd in Memphis. A reception will be held after mass at the family home. Leslie will be laid to rest in the West Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery on January 21st at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial donations be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

  • FAMILY

  • Fred and Cecil Matthews, Parents (deceased)
  • Frederick Matthews II, Brother (deceased)
  • John McKernan, Husband
  • Colin Ackerman (Sabrina), Son
  • Mitchell, Andrew and Hadley Ackerman, Grandchildren
  • Bridget Brogan (Matt), Step Daughter
  • Ella and Jack Brogan, Step Grandchildren
  • Frederick Matthews III, Nephew
  • Elizabeth Leighton, Cousin
  • DONATIONS

  • Paralyzed Veterans of America

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

Memories

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Veronica Stacy

January 15, 2021

My deepest sympathies to all of Leslie’s friends and family . I had just recently met her . I’m so sorry , I won’t have the opportunity to get to know her better as she seemed a wonderful person. May Our Lord & Savior surround you all with comfort & peace through the Holy Spirit.

Elizabeth McCune

January 15, 2021

My heart is broken that Leslie is gone from our daily lives. However, I’m thankful, and a bit envious, that no doubt she is in Heaven with no pain or worries about life in the earthly realm.

I will dearly miss Leslie. She was such a faithful Christian, steadfast patriot, and positive energy.

I’ve enjoyed viewing the pictures of her. I only met her 1.5 years ago when a handful of us started CWOC, but I found her to be the same, physically beautiful, adventurous, loving, and vivacious lady as portrayed in the pictures from her youth.

I’ll miss you, Leslie. May you frolic with joy among your fellow patriots in Heaven you’ve surely assembled, and guard our efforts with your angelic presence. 🥰

George and Denise English

January 13, 2021

Spanks,
So sorry for your loss. We only met your mom at USNA graduation week, but she seemed beautiful inside and out. Our thoughts are with you and yours.

STEVE ACKERMAN

January 13, 2021

So many great memories and moments play back in my mind.
I’ll always fondly recall Les and the times that we shared together.
John, Colin and family...please know that my heart is heavy for your loss.
Love,
Steve Ackerman
New Hampshire

Rebecca Terrell

January 11, 2021

Leslie was so loved, and still is! We miss her so. Praying for the repose of her soul; suffering with you and for you, Rebecca

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Biography

Leslie Matthews McKernan passed away peacefully on January 8, 2021 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Collierville TN.
Leslie was born July 17, 1950 to Fred and Cecil Matthews in Quincy, MA. She attended high school in NJ and after graduation she enrolled in the University of Maine, graduating cum laude.
An inquisitive mind led her to pursue many varied interests throughout her life.
Early on, she worked as a volunteer for the Audubon Society, which spawned a lifelong love of birds and nature. She was particularly fond of English Springer Spaniels, and owned and trained the National Field Champion “Lefty”. She was also active in riding and training Paso Finos and Thoroughbred horses. With her zest and love of life she was always busy with other passions such as golf, traditional woodworking, classical piano and literature.
Leslie had a spirit of genuine kindness that was evident to anyone who met her. She was never shy about giving a compliment or sharing some encouraging words with someone she had just met. With her ready laugh and bright smile she could immediately light up a room.
The later years of her life were spent with much love for her two favorite groups; the Conservative Women of Collierville and St. Cecilia’s Rosary Sodality. Within these two groups Leslie found her place to spread the truth and show her love of God and country.
Her greatest joys however were reserved for her family. Her devotion to her husband John, her love of son Colin and family was only exceeded by her love of the Catholic Church and her faith.
Leslie is survived by her husband John McKernan, her son Colin Ackerman and his wife Sabrina and their children Mitchell, Andrew and Hadley. Also, Leslie is survived by step-daughter Bridget Brogan and her husband Matt and children Ella and Jack Brogan. Additionally, Leslie leaves behind nephew Frederick Matthews III and cousin Elizabeth Leighton. Leslie was predeceased by her brother Frederick Matthews II.
The visitation will be held on Friday, January 15th from 5pm to 7pm at Collierville Funeral Home. A high requiem mass will be offered on Saturday, January 16th at 10am at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church located at 28 Peebles Rd in Memphis. A reception will be held after mass at the family home. Leslie will be laid to rest in the West Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery on January 21st at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial donations be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.