Lillette Evadne Leslie September 15, 1939 - January 13, 2021 Lillette Evadne Leslie, known to most as Miss Vady, was born in Sittee River, Stann Creek in Belize on September 15, 1939. She was the older of two daughters born to Elvira Lulabell Forman and Cristobal Linares.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother to whom she dedicated her life. Lillette attended Sacred Heart Primary School first in Sittee River and then in Stann Creek then proceeded to Austin High school. She went on to work as a telephone operator at the local station in Stann Creek during which time in 1961 she met the love of her life, Rodwell Leslie.
He first saw her at the police station where they were sheltering after the devastation of Hurricane Hattie. He tried to introduce himself but she wasn’t interested at the time so he engaged his wingman, Lloyd Flowers, who was her coworker to get a real introduction and the rest is history.
In 1964, Rodwell and Lillette were united in marriage which produced six (6) children: Paula, Pauline, Andrea, Dalkeith, Rodwell Jr. & Jermaine in addition to her son from a previous relationship, Jennison.
In her younger years, she was an outstanding softball player, playing multiple positions as pitcher, shortstop and third baseman. She participated in Stann Creek vs. Belize City Interdistrict series which included softball, football, & cricket. Stann Creek ended up winning all three sports in which she was instrumental in the softball win.
She relocated to Los Angeles in 1980 where her sole focus was getting her children to L.A with her to take advantage of the better opportunities. She moved to Las Vegas in 2015 where her favorite pastime was playing the slot machines at the casinos. She was always about family time and her home hosted countless Sunday dinners for her kids and grandkids. She was an amazing cook and made the best fry jacks, powder buns and bread pudding. She was always prayerful and a loving and caring mom and grandma. She was the epitome of a matriarch. She was also very feisty and spoke her mind with no filter. Our world will never be the same without her and she will always be remembered by those who knew her and loved her.
Lillette is survived by her husband, Rodwell, her beloved children, Jennison, Paula, Pauline, Andrea, Dalkeith, Rodwell Junior & Jermaine; her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.
“She was the love of my life, the flame that always burned high” Rodwell Leslie