Bettie J. Leisey, 83, of Ormond Beach, FL, passed away on January 27, 2020, with her family by her side. She was born to Mary Louise Glasscock and Ivan L Lethig both predeceased in Louisville, KY. She graduated from New Albany High School. She was married to Franklin C. Leisey on 9/3/1955. They were married 64 years and lived in Sewell, NJ, Wellsboro, PA and Asheville, NC before retiring to Ocala, FL, then Ormond Beach, FL. Bettie was pre-deceased by her brother Robert Lethig. Bettie is survived by her sister, Linda Gilbert of Oakland, MI and her husband Carl who is predeceased and Linda’s children. Bettie is also survived by her 8 children, Linda Craig and her husband, Doc of Bradenton, FL, Deborah Hendrickson and her husband Gary, Camillus, NY, Franklin C. Leisey, Jr. of Wilkes-Barre, PA Arthur Leisey of Ormond Beach, FL, Barbara Pucci of Ormond Beach, FL, Kenneth Leisey and his wife, Monica of Salem, MA, Gerald Leisey and his wife Angie of Canton, NC, and, Sterling Leisey and his wife Christie of Fairview, NC. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Bettie was a loving wife, mother and friend. As a young woman, she sang jingles on the radio and it was always a treat to hear her sing at Christmas time. As her family grew, she was able to put her excellent seamstress skills to work. All 8 of her children were always dressed in the latest fashions. Her creation of Easter Parade sailor suits for her children won 1st place in the annual Atlantic City Easter Parade in the 1960’s. She and Frank traveled around the country for several years in their lovingly restored Motor Home before retiring to Florida. They were true partners – Bettie with her sewing and upholstery skills and Frank with his master craftsman skills. A gracious hostess, Bettie was able to plan almost any event so that everyone would have a good time. Her Thanksgiving pies were legendary. Whether there were 20 guests or 4, she baked at least one of each – cherry, apple, pumpkin, pecan and shoo-fly. Bettie loved to play cards and always had a deck ready for pinochle, Texas hold’em or cribbage.
Bettie will be honored at a Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 22nd from 12-2:00 pm with a memorial service at 2:00 pm at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 1185 West Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name.