November 25, 1922 – September 1, 2018
Elizabeth Leagh Goldsmith, 95, of Olney, Illinois, passed away peacefully at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital on Saturday, September 1, 2018, after a brief illness.
Services will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Patterson-Kistler Funeral Home in Olney, beginning at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, followed by private graveside rites and interment at Hankins Cemetery in Jasper County. Special thanks to LuAnn and Gary Stevens, Eric and Debbie Goldsmith, Diana Lomas, and the nursing staff at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, for their great kindness and care in Leagh’s illness. Remembrances in Leagh’s memory may be made to Spark Ventures, P. O. Box 641004, Chicago, IL, 60664, or to a charity of your choice. Spark Ventures works to lift children from poverty through education and other necessary resources, and they are active in Zambia, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
Leagh was born on November 25, 1922, in Central City, PA to George and Mary Lesso, and grew up in Binghamton, NY. When World War II broke out, she moved to Washington, DC, and while working for the government she met her future husband, Leon Dale Goldsmith, originally from Jasper County. During his US Air Force career, they were stationed in Bermuda and France, among other places, and she always enjoyed exploring and getting to know all about her new homes. In retirement, they returned home to Olney, where they enjoyed daily activities with many friends and neighbors. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church, Olney.
Leagh is survived by daughter, Gwen Goldsmith (Marybeth Bauries), of Minneapolis, MN; son, George (Ann) Goldsmith of Diamond Bar, CA; grandchildren, Andrea (Matt) Heyn and John (Helen Chung) Goldsmith; four great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Pauline, Irene, and Margee, plus many nieces and nephews. Locally, she is also survived by sisters-in-law Jennie Cox of Glen Carbon and Naomi Welsh of Belleville; niece LuAnn (Dr. Gary) Stevens of Albion; nephew Eric (Debbie) Goldsmith of West Salem; and Mrs. Diana Lomas of Noble, her friend and caretaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband; nine of her twelve siblings; and an infant grandson, Mark Thomas Goldsmith.