2016-09-29 / Obituaries

Leslie Yvonne Casner

Sept. 3, 1950 - Sept. 20, 2016

Our beautiful, loving, smart, brave Leslie was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and true friend. She was instantly adored by all who met her and will be missed beyond what words can express.

Leslie was born in San Diego, Calif. in 1950. She lived in San Diego until age 4, then traveled with her career military father and family for 10 years to various states, returning to Ventura at age 14 where she maintained her primary residence for the remainder of her life. She met the love of her life, Richard Casner, on a water skiing trip at the Colorado River and they soon after married on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1981. The family continued to love taking their boat on family trips to rivers and lakes, playing in the water and reminiscing about their love story.

While her primary focus has been on her family, especially since retirement, she also had a long and rewarding career spending over 30 years in the public sector government accounting field, primarily as accounting manager for the City of Ventura. She was also on the Board of Directors of the Ventura County Credit Union for many years.

Leslie loved to spend her time both at her home in Ventura and her home in the mountains in Mariposa, Calif., with her husband Richard and family, surrounding herself with the people she loved, finding peace and enjoyment from the abundance of nature, and maintaining as many bird houses and bird feeders as she could. She loved traveling, gardening, reading and having fun with family and friends.

Leslie is survived by her husband Richard Casner, daughters Amanda Casner and Alicia Holcombe, grandchildren Christopher Bernstein (wife Brittany), twins Brandon and Brooke Holcombe, great grandson, Canyon Bernstein, and siblings Linda Lay Paavola and Robert Stanley Lay (wife Joyce Kawachi). She was preceded in death by her parents Harold Stanley and Charlene Marie Lay.

A Rosary will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mariposa on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Mass and internment will be Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. with all invited to celebrate at a luncheon prepared by the church Ladies Guild immediately following in the church hall.

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