Jody Ann (Valentine) Leasy, age 64, went to heaven March 12, 2017, after a long struggle with congestive heart failure and diabetes. She was surrounded by many loved ones at the time of her passing. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online condolence at www.burnsmortuary.com.
Jody was born on July 24, 1952, in Baker to Gilbert S. Valentine and Mary (Hudspeth) Thompson. She had attended school in Dayville and graduated high school in Baker.
She and her late husband Bruce Leasy lived in Baker many years and then moved to Pendleton. Jody worked as a waitress and bartender. She also worked on a mining claim for her Uncle Roy and Pat Valentine. She was a hairdresser for residents at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home until moving to Pendleton to manage a mobile home park with her husband Bruce until his passing.
Jody enjoyed going to rodeos and playing on softball and bowling teams. She loved going camping with her brother Terry and his wife Kathy Valentine. She and her mother went on several road trips to Reno on the Eagles bus to do a bit of gambling. No jackpots won that we know of but had a lot of fun, win or lose. Jody had a great sense of humor. She loved a good joke, preferably the dirty ones.
Jody was so blessed to have a loving family. She often talked and told stories about her cousins and her siblings and all the crazy things they did while growing up together. She always told us she was surprised she and her siblings made it as far as they did. They would jump off tall stacks of hay in the barn and make it without breaking something. She was shot in the big toe with a BB gun by her brother and locked in the chicken coop with a skunk by her sister.
Services for Jody will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Christian Church, 675 Highway 7, Baker City, Oregon. There will be a potluck immediately following. All are welcome to join. Feel free to bring a favorite dish.
Jody is survived by her mother Mary (Hudspeth) Thompson; brother Terry Valentine and wife Kathy; sisters Pam Wiley and husband Lynn, and Cindy Mecham and husband Mark; her children Kimberly (Baldwin) Landers and husband Troy, Joseph Baldwin and wife Angie, and Marcia (Baldwin) Holm; grandchildren Taylor Cummings, Kendra Landers, Jason Holm, Skyler Baldwin, Austin and Alex Baldwin, Dominic Piccolo and Darien Rilatos-Santangelo; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Jody is preceded in death by her husband Bruce, father Gilbert, stepfather Sam Thompson, brother Sammy Valentine and grandson Cody Landers.