Lesley M. Smith

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April 28, 1970 - July 28, 2018
Born in Jefferson City, MO
Resided in Eureka, MO

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Smith, Lesley M. (nee Whitener) of Eureka, Missouri, passed away on Saturday July 28, 2018, at the age of 48.

Beloved wife of Richard A. “Rich” Smith; cherished daughter of Naomi L. (Kenneth) Jessup and the late Billie G. Whitener; dear sister of Karen (Jim) Heckemeyer and Steve (Julie) Whitener; loving step-sister of Missy Jessup, Chris (Connie) Jessup, and Matt (Robin) Jessup. Beloved aunt, niece, cousin, and friend to many.

Lesley was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Memorials may be made in Lesley’s honor to the American Cancer Society.


A short Luncheon to follow until 1:30 pm.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Lorraine Jones July 30, 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    To all of Lesley Family.. My deepest condolences.. I had the honor of working with Lesley at Kmart.. We had many of laughs when we did the Blue Light Specials.She was always professional and courteous and full of life. She will be missed..prayer for strenght sent to all of
    Lesleys family during this time of your Bereavement. Sincerly Lorraine Jones

  2. Jill A. Smith July 31, 2018 at 5:48 am - Reply

    candle 1My deepest sympathies to the entire family of Lesley at this difficult time…may she Test In Peace & Fly High with the Angels above.

  3. Kelly Smith July 31, 2018 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I am so sorry , She was a Wonderful person and Cousin, I remember the times we hung out together when I was young, those are Fun memories I will hold in my heart forever. ❤️ She is an Angel in God’s heavenly kingdom now who will be a Guardian Angel for all those she loved. May God bless you and help you through this difficult time. With much Love and prayers , Kelly and Jr Smith and Family ❤️ 🙏

  4. Denise (James) Rook July 31, 2018 at 7:01 am - Reply

    candle 3Praying for comfort and peace and may God Hold you close during this difficult time. I will cherish all my memories growing up. ❤️

  5. Mary Hodler July 31, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

    candle 3I am so sorry for the loss of Lesley! Even though I never met her, I feel I know her through working with Karen! The Black Friday shopping stories were the best! Karen when Black Friday rolls around and you and the girls are shopping, Lesley may not be visible, but take a brief moment and close your eyes! Lesley will be there with you!! May God bless your entire family!!

  6. Dianna Mattingly July 31, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences to the family of this young and beautiful woman. Prayers are going up for comfort and peace for the entire family during this most difficult time.

  7. Sally McCallum July 31, 2018 at 8:59 am - Reply

    candle 5I am so sorry for your loss. Rich and Lesley shared so many memories and good times with their vacations, bike rides, jeeping, darts and love for those doggies. I am sure all of the family doesn’t know how to go on without her, this is so shocking. She was so involved with family and friends, loved her dad so much, so proud of all of her nieces and nephews, she will surely be missed by all, including me. I worked with her at Junior League for many years and we were smoking buddies, ate lunch together, and shared a lot of memories together. I will miss her and won’t forget that laugh. I wish I could ease the pain.

  8. Nicole Scatizzi July 31, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

    candle 8I am so saddened by the loss of my friend. I had the opportunity to work with Lesley over the past 8 years. I will never forget her giggle and how good she made people feel just by being her. My prayers are with her family as you deal with the pain of your loss.

  9. Sue Hackett July 31, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

    candle 1I know there are no words that can make this any easier. Les was loved by many and will be missed terribly. She could make you laugh, make you cry and then make you laugh all over again (sasslefras!). She has been there pushing you forward and had your back. I pray for strength and comfort for all that need the encouragement and pray for remembering fond memories of this exceptional woman. May the Lord take her in His arms and hold her tight.

  10. Donna July 31, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

    candle 4Karen and family, words can’t express how sorry I am at the loss of your beautiful, funny, and loving sister. May the Lord keep you in his loving arms as I know he has done for Lesley. She will live on in everyone’s memories.

  11. Margaret Hemsath July 31, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

    candle 1My deepest sympathies to the entire family of Lesley at this difficult time…may she Rest In Peace & Fly High with the Angels above.

  12. Karen Malin July 31, 2018 at 10:32 am - Reply

    I am so sorry for the loss of Lesley. Such a heartbreak for all her friends and family. Even though I didn’t know Lesley as an adult, I still remember her as a tiny little thing. One of my favorite memories was one day when Lesley was very unhappy that Mommy had gone to work. I was walking her and patting her back while trying all these soothing comments, but she just quietly sobbed; nothing I said was making a difference. So I tried something else. in her ear I said, “I know how you feel. I really miss my mommy, too. I wish she was here with me right now, too.” Nothing changed other than her little hand started patting MY back, trying to make ME feel better, Only Lesley! The world is a poorer place without her.

  13. Nancy Hahn July 31, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

    I was very fortunate to work with Lesley at ADP for 13 years. For 6 years we sat side by side. I couldn’t have asked for a more fun “office buddy” or a better friend. Lesley brightened up every day for me. We laughed and sang show tunes. She loved her family, friends, dogs and life enthusiastically and unconditionally. She was unique and special. I miss her so much. My deepest condolences to Rich and her entire family.

  14. Keith Schweitzer July 31, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

    candle 7My condolences to Rich and all her family.

  15. Julie Schimsa July 31, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    candle 4My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Lesley’s family and friends. I will remember her for always having a smile when I would see her in the office.

  16. Lori Haantz July 31, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    candle 2The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to her alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost. The bond between friends cannot be broken by chance; no interval of time or space can destroy it. Not even death itself can part true friends. You will be terribly missed my friend until we meet again on the other side!! Love you always!!!

  17. Jeff Haantz July 31, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    candle 4I was VERY blessed to have had a friend like Lesley in My life. We considered her family. She made me a better person! I have been struggling with why she has been taken so soon as she brought SO MUCH to everyone she came in contact with. I will miss her giggles and occasional snorts!The world needs more like her. Peace and Love to Rich and the Family

  18. Amy Cuntz July 31, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    candle 7Sending love, prayers and hugs to Rich and all of Lesley’s family! Lesley was so kind and fun loving, she will be missed dearly!

  19. Analise Gregory July 31, 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    candle 8Lesley was incredibly kind, and a phenomenal mentor to me in my career, but most importantly life. I’m so blessed to have known this woman and all that she offered to this world. May God cover Lesley’s family during this tragic time. Heaven has truly gained another Angel, and I’m fortunate to have known this fearless and wonderful woman. You will be missed Lesley, and peace and love to your family.

  20. Laura Decker July 31, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    candle 6My deepest sympathy to the family fir your loss. Leslie will be sorely missed.

  21. Nancy Otte July 31, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    candle 4I love people who make me laugh. She did. Sweet and kind with a great sense of humor and style.. She had a tight knit group of friends from the dart community that are all sad and in shock. She made my friend Rich smile. She was the kind of person that leaves a giant hole when she goes because of the way she treated others. It was hard not to have fun when she was around.

    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

  22. ann and gary charboneau July 31, 2018 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    so sorry rich and family.just cant believe it she was one of the sweetest and kindest ladies i know. thinking about all of you!ann and gary charboneau

  23. Kari July 31, 2018 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    candle 8These are the hardest ones to try to understand, how do you not question God’s plan when he takes a soul like Leslie. She was always a ray of light, she radiated kindness and love and empathy. She was one of the funniest and most sincere people I’ve ever met. When I was very young and very impressionable she made the time to make sure she made a positive impression on my life and she made one that’s been with me everyday since all those years ago when we first met and I was just a teenager. I looked up to and admired her then and throughout the years and I always will. She was one of the most incredible people I’ve ever been blessed to know and consider a friend and she will be greatly missed. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to Rich and their families that have to find a way to live without her and I know that her presence will always be felt, not just by them but by all of us that were blessed enough to know and love her!

  24. Heather Wheeler July 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    candle 4Lesley was a loving and caring cousin and She will be dearly missed by everyone whose lives she touched. Much love, prayers and comfort.


    Heather Wheeler ❤️

  25. Kerri Schulte July 31, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fun memories of her from years ago. She will always hold a special place in my heart.

  26. Charlotte Jacobs July 31, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    candle 4Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear the news of Lesley. She was a great mentor and friend that I had the opportunity to work with even for a short time. She will be missed. I pray for comfort for all of her friends and family.

  27. Tammy Reeve July 31, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to all of Lesley’s family. Lesley always had a bright, warm smile and a funny joke or story to share along with her delightful little snort when it got really silly. She will be immensely missed! On Angels’ wings, fly high sweet friend!

  28. Cindy Byron July 31, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    candle 7What more can be said that hasn’t already been expressed. Sadness fills my heart and the hearts of all who were fortunate to have the gift of Lesley’s friendship. What a bright light she was..how terribly she will be missed. I know the ADP’ers will talk her up …keeping her memory alive..and we’ll smile when we remember all that she was.

  29. Rick and Renta phillips July 31, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss our prayers are with you and the family,If need anything please let us know

  30. David and Pamela Jessup July 31, 2018 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    candle 6Death leaves a heartache no can heal, love leaves memories of Lesley no can steal. Although it is difficult today the love of family and friends will help you through your tomorrows. May it help in some way to know that David and I share the sorrow in your hearts.

  31. Cheryl Kotalik July 31, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    candle 2I first met Lesley at the Junior League. Of course, her laugh and smile were the first things you noticed and to this day, I remember both of these. I remember when and her Rich started dating and you could just tell, he was the one. I got to share in their special day when they got married and the joy and happiness on both their faces was incredible . My heart breaks for Rich. Even though we parted ways after she left the Junior League, we remained in touch through Facebook. Her stories about her and her sister going Christmas shopping, jeep hair and her newest love, Cooper, were so fun with the way she shared them. She was a special person and it is obvious she affected everyone she touched. My prayers go out to the family in dealing with this devastating loss. Cheryl Kotalik

  32. Rennie July 31, 2018 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    candle 7I have worked with Leslie for 13 years and have always respected her can do positive attitude. May peace be with her family as I am certain she is up in heaven peacefully now. 😇

  33. Kim August 1, 2018 at 8:17 am - Reply

    candle 8Rich,
    Sharing in your sadness as you remember Lesley and sending healing prayers and comfort. Our deepest sympathies to you.

    Parashar, Kim and your Lexington, KY Valvoline Family

  34. Carie Clouse August 1, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

    candle 5I worked with Leslie at ADP and I loved her. Sending my deepest condolences to everyone in her family as well as her friends! She will be missed.

  35. Debbie Jordan August 1, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

    candle 1I am terribly saddened learning the news of Lesley’s passing. I worked with Lesley @ ADP for many years when she was a Project Manager. I called her my Nancy Grace! She would always laugh when I said that. Lesley always had a cute or funny story to tell. She was definitely one of the good ones! We worked virtually together, I wish I could be there at the Celebration of her Life. I am praying for comfort for her Husband and Family while they mourn their loss, but know she is in Heaven and at peace with no more pain. Taken too soon.

  36. Brenda Whitted August 1, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

    candle 6Lesley was one of the sweetest most positive people that I know. She always had a smile and was upbeat. She loved life. It was sad for me when she left ADP, but even sadder that she won’t be a phone call away. To Rich and the rest of her family I offer my deepest sympathy. My heart is heavy but please find comfort in knowing she will not be in pain any more and to be absent with the body is to be present with the Lord. God Bless you and give you strength during this most difficult time.

  37. L'Erin (Brown) Wagner August 1, 2018 at 9:51 am - Reply

    candle 6I am very sad to hear of Lesley’s passing. Lesley was such a fun and helpful coworker at ADP and I am grateful to have been able to learn from her. She was always so pleasant, fun to be around and had such a positive attitude! I extend my deepest condolences and prayers to her family and friends during this difficult time of loss. May God bless and strengthen you all,

  38. Ross Jordan August 1, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

    candle 2My deepest sympathies go out to your family. Lesley was one of the managers that interviewed me at ADP, and helped me to get the position I am in now. She was so much fun to be around, talk to, and was a great inspiration to me and many others here at ADP.

  39. Becky Hayes August 1, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Lesley was my manager at ADP for a few years and made a lasting impression on me. She was bright, positive, and encouraging, and really strived to see and bring out the very best in everyone. She worked hard, but always with a smile in her voice. I will always remember her parting words of encouragement to me before she left ADP. This is so hard to believe. Lesley’s family and friends are all in my prayers, I am so very sorry for your loss!

  40. Tamara Pritchett August 1, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

    candle 5I worked with Leslie for the past 3 years at ADP and knew her briefly. She was always a bright smile in my day. She will be missed. Prayers for her family and friends . She was a really great person and I am very sorry for your loss.

  41. Steve Zichler August 1, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Rich. Like so many others words fail me at this time. I will just say that I’m glad you got to have Lesley in your life as long as possible. If anyone could make one of the finest men I know a better person, you found her. She was truly a ray of sunshine to everyone that ever met her. Gods strength to you Rich.

  42. Steve Zichler August 1, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Rich. As with so many others I am at a loss for the right words for this. I will just say I’m glad you got to have Lesley in your life for as long as possible. If anyone could make one of the finest men I have ever met in my life a better person you found her. I truly believe she was a ray of sunshine to everyone that knew her. Gods strength to you Rich, and all family members.

  43. Dale Hughes August 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    candle 7Lesley has a smile I can never forget. There was never a time when I saw her that she was not smiling. She has touched the heart of so many people. She will be truly missed. She will be in our Heart forever. We have gained another Angel to watch over us all !!

  44. Joy Benion August 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I worked at ADP with Lesley. I got to finally meet Lesley in person at ADP when she came up to our Chicago office last year. She was just the way I imagine her always smiling. When you talk to Lesley you knew she was smiling. She gave me a hug and always she left with words of encouragements. She was not only a colleague at work, one of my mentors but she was a beautiful friend. My sincere thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Lesley family. Lesley will truly be missed.

  45. Lisa Leach August 1, 2018 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    I am so so sorry deeply saddened for your loss love prayers and thinking deeply about you all

  46. Terica Bruce-Gosserand August 2, 2018 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Lesley was my mentor at ADP she selflessly dedicated her time to help me develop professionally. She believed in me at times more than I believed in myself. I will truly miss her, her positive energy, her words of wisdom, and her friendship. Lesley was so sweet, sincere, and inspiring. Although the time I have known her was short she left a lasting impression. My deepest prayers and condolences are with the family, friends, and anyone that knew Lesley because she truly was a star and will be missed.

  47. John McCallister August 2, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    candle 8It’s been many years, but back in the day you were fun to be around and always a ray of sunshine. You brought a smile to every face you met. The world will miss you Lesley.
    Sleep in peace now.

  48. Brian Brinkman August 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    candle 3I met Lesley at my first job at Kmart in O’Fallon MO. She was a front-end supervisor and she was somebody I could always go to for help. She was four years older than I was and really seemed to have it together.

    What I remember most, though, are her PA announcements, which were usually the closing announcements at night, “Attention Kmart shoppers…” and she was very good at it, better than anyone else I’ve heard since. She had a great voice (one that would’ve worked on radio) and her sarcastic sense of humor came through loud and clear, especially when there were customers who didn’t want to leave at night!

    From the many comments on her memorial page, it seems the outstanding qualities I noticed twenty-six years ago remained with her for the rest of her life which, I’m sad to see, has been cut short.

  49. Brian Daniels August 2, 2018 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    candle 7My condolences to Rich and all the family. I so hope that each and every one of you find solace through the memory of the warmth that Lesley shared with everyone. Lesley and I met and worked together at The Junior League of St. Louis. I share in the fond memories that others have shared about her smile and laugh. I can only hope that she is now at peace, smiling and laughing like a little girl. This is how I choose to remember her and I hope that everyone will find a way to remember Lesley in ways that make you smile away the sorrow. So long my friend… R. I. P.

  50. Peggy Kling August 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    candle 4Lesley was my manager for only a few years at ADP, but she touched my soul. Although we never met in person I will always consider her a close personal friend. Shortly after she became my manager I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I don’t think I would have made it through the rough days without her support both at work and on a personal level. I will carry many fond memories of her in my heart forever. I am so sorry for your loss.

  51. Lori (Smith) Willcoxon August 3, 2018 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    candle 6Thinking of you all. I am so very sorry. Prayers. Hugs and all my Love 😔 Always a special place in my heart.

  52. Lori (Smith) Willcoxon August 3, 2018 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    candle 6Thinking of you all. So very sorry…always a special place in my heart ❤️🙏🏻😔

  53. Carol Meyer August 4, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

    candle 1Prayers, hugs, and love to all! I am so sorry for your loss!

  54. Anne Lorberau August 4, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Lesley was a wonderful lady. I worked with her for many years and always enjoyed her bubbly personality. Lesley, you will truly be missed

  55. Donna Hughs August 5, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

    candle 6My deepest condolences to the entire family. Julie introduced me to Lesley and we hiked together a few times. She was so much fun to be around and I’m glad I got to know her even briefly. I know she will deeply missed. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and see you through the difficult days.

  56. Brenna Hausmann August 6, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    I am truly sorry for the loss of Lesley. I was sad to see her go from ADP and even more sad to hear the news. Lesley will truly be missed as she touched the lives of so many. My condolences to the family.

  57. Carol Hollenberg August 6, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Lesley we miss you. You were always full of great conversations and extremely fun to be around. She was a wonderful person. I pray that she is no longer in pain and is watching over her husband Rich and family. I will miss you forever and always Lesley! You are in my prayers.

  58. Tia Lyons August 8, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    candle 5I am extending my heartfelt condolences to your family–I am thankful and blessed to have had Lesley as my colleague and manager at ADP. Although it was a short while, she had made a positive impact, was the sweetest, kindest, and most positive person (I so loved and admired that about her!) and was always supportive through any obstacle I encountered, including my pregnancies. I have nothing but fond memories of Lesley and she will truly be missed. God always picks the most beautiful flowers.

  59. Jason Forsythe August 10, 2018 at 12:59 am - Reply

    candle 4Three words come to mind when I think of Lesley Smith.




    Like most people I met Lesley on one of her in office walk arounds.

    Shortly after she became my mentor as I was pulled toward her positive attitude.

    I learned a lot from her during our relationship which I will keep with me and I am forever grateful

    She makes people better around her and I know she will be missed by many including me!

    Please keep her husband Rich and family in your hearts this weekend!

    ‘You maybe gone, but you will never be forgotten’

  60. Christie & Steve Barnewolt August 10, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

    candle 4Our heartfelt condolences to Rich and the whole family. May you find peace and support through your family and friends.

    I was one of the many people blessed to work with Lesley at ADP, most recently as my manager, mentor and close friend.
    Her guidance, support, encouragement and belief in what everyone on our team could accomplish is what stands out most to me today. She wouldn’t hesitate to jump in and help wherever it was needed. And not one day went by that she did not send out a quick “Hello” to check in and provide a positive message to our team.

    While my husband and I were in St. Louis celebrating our anniversary last summer Lesley and Rich made time to join us for lunch. It was our first road trip in our Jeep. She shared with us what was or wasn’t acceptable as a Jeep owner. We talked about future trips together. She talked about trips they had taken. All the fun they had on their adventures. She loved her Jeep.. and dreamed of the day to turn it PINK.

    Her giggle was contagious. Her spirit was true. Her energy for life will never be forgotten. I’m sadden we will never get our trip to Jeepstock.. though you will be there in heart and mind when we go.

    “Jeep Hair Don’t Care”.. don’t ever forget to “Jeep Wave”.

    All our love Lesley.. you will never be forgotten Boss Lady!

  61. LaJuana Brown August 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    candle 7I am sorry for your loss family and close friends and coworkers. Leslie greeted me with a smile and bubbly attitude at the interview! Once I worked for her if there was a problem bring solutions was her response. She was truly a team player. I’ve taken her wisdom with me as well as an appreciation for a beautiful soul. My prayers to all whose lives she touched.

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