Livia "Lee" Ford

February 17, 1930July 3, 2019

Laughter can be much more than just medicine for the soul.

For Livia "Lee" Ford of Henderson, Nevada, her laughter was also a special gift, one she shared happily with others throughout her entire life.

Despite her petite frame, Lee had the heart of a lion and the powerful laugh to match. It was as infectious as her spirit was contagious to everyone around her. When Lee laughed, you not only laughed with her, you felt her joy spreading through you.

Lee passed away on July 3 at age 89, but her distinctive laugh and zest for life will be remembered by family and friends for eternity.

Lee was born February 17, 1930 in the town of Fossa, nestled in the province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Southern Italy. Her family emigrated to America in 1936, landing on Ellis Island.

A devout Catholic who loved her faith, Lee regularly attended Mass, and said her rosary daily. Lee lived her life for her family. She was a kind, generous and loving woman and a loyal friend to all who knew her.

Lee retired from a position with the Bureau of Land Management and enjoyed spending free time cooking huge, homemade Italian meals for family and friends.

She also was an avid Colorado Rockies fan, whose proudest baseball moment was first walking into Coors Field with her family, wearing her grandson's Todd Helton jersey, and shouting "hoo-RAY" each time the hometown team scored a run. The former Wheat Ridge, Colorado, resident also rooted for her beloved Broncos. She was as passionate about her sports teams as she was compassionate for people. Lee's gleeful laugh and pure loving heart will forever be remembered by everyone whose lives she touched and enriched.

Lee was preceded in death by her Husband, Ronnie Ford; and son, Peter Ziegler. she is survived by her daughter, Geralyn Brown; son-in-law, Brian Brown; two grandchildren: Ashley and Zachary Brown; all of Henderson, Nevada; and a number of other loving relatives and close friends.

Funeral Services will be at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, July 11,2019 at Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary, 800 S. Boulder Highway. Lee will be laid to rest in Palm Henderson Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Ford family.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, July 11, 2019


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Irene Hoerig

July 15, 2019

She was the epitome of love, beauty and charity which is the pure love of Christ. She was the embodiment of all that is good and lovely in the world. She will be sorely missed by all her knew and loved her. My deepest sympathies to her family in their loss if this great lady. We love her and she will remain in our hearts forever.

Li nda Graham (Sorrentino)

July 11, 2019

Oh dear sweet Lee. When I first met Lee at BLM in 1978, we immediately became best friends forever. She was like my 2nd mama and understood my stubborn Italian father when I confided in her! I'll cherish our times together forever. Love you, Geri. Keep your mom's memories close to your heart.