Leslie, Matah Camden
Matah Camden Leslie of Roanoke, Va., and formerly of Glasgow, Va., was born on December 4, 1924, and died on Friday, February 12, 2016.She spent 63 years with her best friend, buddy, caregiver and husband, John W. Leslie. He left no stone unturned in providing for her wellbeing and happiness. Together, they were lifelong members of the Methodist Church, serving in a variety of capacities, including youth counselors, Sunday school teachers, the official board, and she a member of the Women's Society, he a member of the Methodist Men. Most of their social life centered around the church.They loved to travel and visited many places in the USA and Canada. Their hobbies included reading, playing cards and putting together jig-saw puzzles. One puzzle given to them by their son, Tim, contained the inscription, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me shall live-even though he dies." This was their belief.Matah graduated valedictorian from Natural Bridge High School and attended Madison College where she was named to the Sigma Phi Lambda Honor Society. She worked as a clerk at James Lees and Sons, and later taught Bible in grades 4 to 7 in Glasgow and Natural Bridge elementary schools.She was predeceased by her wonderful Christian parents, Sidney R. and Thelma Rose Camden; brothers, Dr. Claude V. Camden, Dr. Dorman S. Camden and Sidney R. (Sam) Camden Jr.; and sisters-in-law, Elva G. Camden and Becky Camden.Her survivors include her husband, John W. Leslie of Roanoke; two sons, Dr. John W. Leslie Jr. and his wife, Laura, and grandchildren, Tyler and Lauren of Blacksburg; and Timothy R. Leslie and his wife, Karen, and grandsons, Gabe and T.J. of Salem. Also surviving is her brother, Dr. Daniel M. Camden and his wife, Sue, of Floyd. There are also numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family, as well as many friends, who loved her, and whom she dearly loved.Her gratitude was always present for the care provided by husband John, sons, John Jr. and Tim, and their wives, Laura and Karen, as well as brother, Dan, and his wife, Sue. She loved them all. Also a special thank you to the caring staff of Gentle Shepherd Hospice who helped make her last days as comfortable as possible.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Roanoke, Va. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Rockbridge County where Matah was born. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.oakeys.com.As in II Timothy 4:7 she, "fought the good fight, finished her course and kept the faith."