Shelley Petersen Lesher

January 3, 1947January 18, 2019

Shelley Petersen Lesher, 72, of St James passed away Friday, January 18 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center. She was born in Denver CO to Charles C. and Lalla Kirkpatrick. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Patty Woerner. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Jim; her daughter Christine Gavazzi and son Paul Petersen; her stepchildren Steve Lesher and Mitzi Lesher-Thomas; and eight grandchildren. Throughout her life her family always came first. After moving to St James, she discovered an athletic ability and renewed her love of bridge. She was an avid runner completing over a dozen half marathons in her sixties. She also discovered a love of pottery and displayed at Franklin Gallery. She felt that one of her greatest accomplishments while serving eight years on St James town council and four years as mayor, was the initiation and final approval of the St James town hall and community center. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday January 25 at St Phillips Episcopal Church. The family will hold a reception immediately after the service at the St James community center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Online condolences may be made at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


  • Lower Cape Fear Hospice, "Brunswick House"


  • Memorial Service Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Reception with the Family Friday, January 25, 2019

Shelley Petersen Lesher

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Julie Sloup

January 25, 2019

Prayers for you, Jim, and family. I have fond memories of both of you from our concert band days.

Sandi Dean

January 24, 2019

Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love. Remember the memories, the love that you felt for Shelley and that she felt for her family and friends. I share in your loss.

Fred Van Geuder

January 23, 2019

It was always a pleasure working with both her and you during my time as EM and when not involved with town business. She did a lot for the people in St. James to make it better. They should be very thankful.