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Obituary: Leslie Spain

Leslie Spain, 70, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at her home in Ferndale, Washington following a long illness. Leslie was born in Libby, Montana on August 9, 1949 to Roland ”Rolly” and Beulah Childs. She was raised and attended schools in Libby, graduating with honors in 1967.  She attended Beloit, Wisconsin in Music for a year before finding her true calling in nursing. She attended Sacred Heart Nursing school in Spokane, Washington and St. Patrick Nursing School, in Missoula, Montana, graduating in 1975. Leslie met the love of her life, Bruce Spain, in Libby where they married on May 20, 1978. 

She is survived by her loving husband, Bruce, their sons Nathan (Molly) Spain of Moscow, Idaho, Nicholas (Bonnie) Spain of Bellingham, Washington, Troy George of Birch Bay, Washington, as well as six beloved Granddaughters and a Grandson; Brother Michael (Dianne) Childs of Condon, Montana, Sister Bonnie (John) Schultz of Spokane, Washington, stepsister Nancy Gab of Libby and stepbrother Bill Price of Kuna, Idaho as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved stepmother, Beulah (Price) Childs.

Leslie never lost her passion for nursing or her compassion for her patients. She dedicated her career to serving in every capacity in hospitals both large and small in Spokane, Libby and Polson, Montana before moving to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham where she retired as a valued member of the open heart surgical team. Despite her busy career, she continued her education receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, with honors, from the University of Washington Bothell campus and was working towards her Master’s Degree. Leslie’s love of music continued as she played piano, oboe and even bassoon in a number of local musical groups. Leslie will be forever loved and missed by not only her family, but by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring or early summer of 2020 in Bellingham and in Libby. Details will be announced at a later date.

Submitted by LaBeth Spain

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