Leigh Ann Cornelius Ileson was born in Marshall, Texas, on November 22, 1960, to William J. and Kathryn Gamble Cornelius. She passed away on July 27, 2019, at her home in Penn Valley, California, after a brief illness.
Leigh Ann grew up in Jefferson, Texas. She was active in the First Baptist Church youth group. At an early age, she trusted Jesus the Christ as her Savior. She had prayed that she be healed in order to glorify God. Instead, God took her to her forever home where she is now in His presence. She and her parents and other loved ones are praising and giving glory to Jesus our Redeemer.
Leigh was a cheerleader in junior high and a member of the Jefferson High School band. She was valedictorian of the JHS class of 1978. Leigh graduated from Stephen F. Austin University, majoring in drama. In 1990, she graduated from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Washington, and was in the private practice of law for several years in Shelton, WA. She also was a member of Mensa. Leigh and her family moved to Houston, Texas, where she served as an assistant Texas Attorney General for 14 years before retiring in 2014. She then moved to northern California with her husband and son Ace and settled near their other son, Ian.
Leigh enjoyed art, especially painting. She enjoyed martial arts and earned a black belt in taekwondo. While living in Houston, she enjoyed “laying out” on the beach at Galveston. She owned Siamese and Hairless cats for many years, but she loved her Italian Greyhound dogs the most, and she loved being with her husband and two sons.
Leigh was preceded in death by her parents, Justice and Mrs. William J. Cornelius. She is survived by her husband Robert Ileson, son Ian Ileson and fiancé Therese Hopfinger, and son Atticus (Ace) Ileson, all of the Penn Valley, California, area, brother William Cornelius and wife Kim of Hideaway, Texas, brother John Cornelius and wife Brenda of Jefferson, Texas, several nieces and nephews and many cousins.
A memorial service is scheduled for August 11 at 2 p.m. at Chapel of the Angels in Grass Valley, CA (530) 273-2446. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Sierra Nevada Medical Center Grass Valley, CA.
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