OBITUARY

Leslye A. Dugie

July 11, 1942December 1, 2019
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Leslye Dugie, 77, of Pasadena, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on December 1, 2019. She was born on July 11, 1942, in Biloxi, Mississippi, which helped create her sweet southern drawl. Her parents were Lester and Marion Castle.

Leslye is survived by her husband of 38 years, Benedict “Benny” Dugie; her two daughters and their husbands Sabrina and Lynn Howe, Cynthia and Jaco van Zyl; her two sons and their wives Larry and Deobra Dugie, and Brian and Mary Dugie; grandchildren Brett Caballero and Devan Howe, Baelyn van Zyl, Larry Jr. and Nikayla Dugie, and Nathan Dugie; her great grandchildren Kinsley and Kayslin Caballero; her sister Vera Ralph; her brother and his wife Sam and Laura Castle; as well as her nephews.

Leslye moved to Houston, Texas, with her parents as a teenager and graduated from Jesse H. Jones High School. She was an active member of the student body, swimming competitively for the school and serving as a majorette. She could not stand being near a baton without wanting to give it a good twirl. She also refused to give up her flaming baton until her final house move this year.

After high school, Leslye worked with various companies before beginning her 17-year career at the Pasadena Independent School District. While she loved to work and be a part of PISD, she amusingly wrote that her proudest career accomplishment was, “the day I retired.” In addition to her career, Leslye also proudly volunteered for 10 ½ years with Junior Forum, a women’s non-profit organization that provides charitable service to children, youth, senior adults and people with disabilities.

Leslye had a passion for painting and creating art of all kinds. There was not a room in her home that did not contain her creations. She loved to color, work on crafts, scrapbook, and was skilled in calligraphy. She also enjoyed playing games including Yahtzee, bunko, UNO, Skip Bo and Farkle. Family gatherings were not complete without some friendly rivalry. Tennis was another of Leslye’s passions, whether it was playing it on a league or watching it on TV. As Benny can confirm, there was not a tournament showing that she would miss.

Leslye and Benny were married on January 24, 1981, in Pasadena, TX. They met while square dancing with the Strawberry Squares.

Leslye is preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Marion Castle, and her first husband, Thomas Jerry Alexander.

The family will receive friends from 12:20 pm to 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Forest Park East Funeral Home in Webster, Texas. A Celebration of Leslye's life will be held December 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm, followed by a committal service in Forest Park East Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Houston Area Parkinson Society.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Lynn Howe, Active Pallbearer
  • Brett Caballero, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Davidson, Active Pallbearer
  • Larry Dugie, Active Pallbearer
  • Brian Dugie, Active Pallbearer
  • Jaco van Zyl

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, December 5, 2019

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Nixie Gutierrez

December 5, 2019

We all love you Leslye from your Baywood family.

Jeanne Livingston

December 4, 2019

Leslye was always present during our Parkinson Exercise Group, eager and even leading the group if necessary. She had a beautiful smile that was so contagious you had to smile back. I will miss this most, but know you are in a better place and no more disease to limit you.

Erin Miles

December 4, 2019

I will always remember her wonderful laugh that filled the room, the sparkle in her eyes and her contagious smile. She was a beautiful lady inside and out.

May God keep you in his arms during this time so that you can remember to cherish the memories and love that Leslye left behind for you all.

Steve &Jennifer Martin

December 4, 2019

Leslye was the kindest caring loving lady we have ever known! She will be missed. She always was concerned about my health. Benny you were so blessed by her and so were we! Rest in the arms of Jesus M'Lady✝️🙏🏻She loved us all!

Teresa Morant

December 3, 2019

I remember the first time I met Leslye and all I could think of was a prima ballerina she was so graceful and had so much style that I thought it must’ve been wonderful growing up with her as a mom. Sabrina you know I think of your family as my own. You have so many wonderful memories of your mom and she will never be far from your heart. Just know that we are here for all of you if there’s anything at all that we can do please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Helen Beard

December 3, 2019

My fondest memory is of our families taking a vacation to Gatlinburg, the view from our cabin in the mountains was breathtaking. It was during this trip Leslye took time to play games with my nephew Noah and she bounded quickly with our Dad, I hope he met her at the Gates to welcome her. This trip holds many amazing memories including Leslye being part of our white water rafting group.

Heavenly Father please continue to wrap Leslye's family in your arms as they need your strength, spirit and courage to walk forward each day knowing Leslye has come home. Help them laugh often when thinking of their memories, cry as needed and speak often of their beautiful, kind Leslye who was taken too soon from this earth.

Helen

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