OBITUARY

Leslie Phelps Newton PhD

November 16, 1957June 1, 2018
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Dr. Leslie Phelps Newton, (NCSU), 60, of Knightdale, passed away unexpectedly on June 1, 2018. Leslie was born on November 16, 1957 in Asheville, NC. She attended North Carolina State University where she received her BS, MS and PhD. As a forest entomologist, she worked as a Risk Analyst for the United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services.

Leslie was an avid reader who also loved to garden and to be outdoors in nature. She loved tending to and being surrounded by flowers. She loved to travel with her husband, Jim and her kids. She truly enjoyed being with her family and those close to her heart, and used her artistic nature to always make crafts and gifts for them. Leslie was an intellectual woman, with a kind and gentle nature. She had a knack for focusing on the truth and what really mattered, instead of the noise most of us spend time worrying about. Leslie is survived by her husband, Jim Newton; mother, Charlotte Paden (David); children, Christopher James Newton (Dr. Lisa Wiltron) and James Cameron Newton; God children, Britt Hart and Shon Price; grandchildren, Kiera Sage Newton and Connor Owen Newton; grand God children, Aiden Hart and Landon Hart; siblings, Sherrie Storm, Cathie Phelps, Bobby Phelps and Cyndi Budacz; sister-in-law, Rayetta N. Rodemaker ( Rod); and a host of nieces, nephews, other loved ones and family. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Phelps.

A visitation will be Tuesday, June 5 from 6:00-8:00pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. A funeral mass will be Wednesday, June 6 at 1:00pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2718 Overbrook Road, Raleigh, with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chris Newton
  • Jimmy Newton
  • Colin White
  • Shon Price
  • Bradley Markham
  • James Keith

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018
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Joan Rose

June 6, 2018

I first met Leslie in 2001 when she was a catechist at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. She taught children about the faith and sacraments. She had gentle, loving eyes, and a sweet spirit. She walked and talked the faith of Jesus Christ. We mourn her loss, but it is heaven's gain. Thank you, Leslie, you continue to be a great teacher. "May the choirs of angels come to greet her..."

James Shields

June 5, 2018

Leslie was one of the kindest, most genuine, most respectable people I ever knew, and probably will ever know. She was like a second mother to me, in dark times of my life, when my own family were not there for me. She allowed me to feel like I was part of the Newton family, her and Chris, and she always treated me like I was one of her sons. She cared about me when no one else did. She would give me motherly advice, and she had a sense of rationality and stern steadfast care, and she was a very down to earth person. She was highly intelligent and the most saintly woman I ever knew. Even when my life caused me to become more distant, and even when I made mistakes in life, she was always understanding, and always positive. If there were more people in this world like Leslie, the world would be so much better of a place. I will forever treasure her existence in my life, and heart. She was the most amazing, caring, remarkable human being.

Della Baines

June 4, 2018

Leslie provided a place of calm sanctuary for me when I was a teenager. My heart is heavy to hear she has passed. I will always remember her strength, her joy, and her understanding.

Jill Sidebottom

June 3, 2018

I had the privilege to get to know Leslie while she was working on her PhD. We weren't around each other often, but she was always someone I was glad to see walk in the door. There are so many things so special about Leslie -- the caliber of her work -- how genuine her kindness was -- how easy it was to get to know her and care for her. She will be greatly missed.

Suzy Hooker

June 3, 2018

Leslie was one of the warmest, kindest, most generous people I've ever met. She was like a second mother to me during my tumultuous teen years, and I truly believe without her love and care, my path in life would have been duller, and less joyful. She let me know when I most needed it that she believed in me, and that allowed me to believe in myself. I will never forget the positive influence Leslie had on my life, and I will forever celebrate her, and miss her.

Joe Epley

June 2, 2018

When I first was married, Leslie's mother and father took my wife and me under their wing. Leslie was just two years old then. A few years later, her family relocated, but occasionally our paths cross as she move into her teen age years. Her father died and we drifted further apart. Then a few years ago, she showed up again...I was retired, she was getting her Ph.D. from NC State. We saw each other only three times. But each of those times was precious. She always displayed the kindness of her parents. I wished I had made greater efforts to visit with her. Always smiling, she loved life and her family. Her three sisters were also living further away, but they loved each other and were close in spirit... Just as they were as youngsters in Asheville and Winterville, NC.

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Biography

Dr. Leslie Phelps Newton, (NCSU), 60, of Knightdale, passed away unexpectedly on June 1, 2018. Leslie was born on November 16, 1957 in Asheville, NC. She attended North Carolina State University where she received her BS, MS and PhD. As a forest entomologist, she worked as a Risk Analyst for the United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services.

Leslie was an avid reader who also loved to garden and to be outdoors in nature. She loved tending to and being surrounded by flowers. She loved to travel with her husband, Jim and her kids. She truly enjoyed being with her family and those close to her heart, and used her artistic nature to always make crafts and gifts for them. Leslie was an intellectual woman, with a kind and gentle nature. She had a knack for focusing on the truth and what really mattered, instead of the noise most of us spend time worrying about.

Leslie is survived by her husband, Jim Newton; mother, Charlotte Paden (David); children, Christopher James Newton (Dr. Lisa Wiltron) and James Cameron Newton; God children, Britt Hart and Shon Price; grandchildren, Kiera Sage Newton and Connor Owen Newton; grand God children, Aiden Hart and Landon Hart; siblings, Sherrie Storm, Cathie Phelps, Bobby Phelps and Cyndi Budacz; sister-in-law, Rayetta N. Rodemaker ( Rod); and a host of nieces, nephews, other loved ones and family. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Phelps.

A visitation will be Tuesday, June 5 from 6:00-8:00pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. A funeral mass will be Wednesday, June 6 at 1:00pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2718 Overbrook Road, Raleigh, with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.