Leslie Anne Trent Conger, a second generation Boulder native, was born at the Boulder Sanatorium on Mapleton Street on February 1, 1957. She went home to be with her Lord on July 10, 2016, after a 10 year battle with cancer and 30 years with diabetes.
Leslie attended Whittier Elementary, Casey Junior High and Boulder High School. After a year at Pepperdine in California, she returned home to her native Colorado and completed her BS in Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University.
She utilized her education by working in various capacities in Boulder including the Behavioral Research Institute, Whole Person Health Clinic, Sunshine Scientific, the Boulder Public Library and for 11 years at First Presbyterian Church in the Counseling Center. She accepted Christ at Highlands Camp in 1971 and was baptized at First Presbyterian in Boulder. She was involved at First Pres, singing in the Choir for 25 years, editing the Update bulletin and the annual Advent publication. She “retired” from First Pres in 2000 to devote more time to her writing passion, working on a manuscript of the camels involved in Jesus’ birth story and numerous biblical animal and sheep stories.
She met her husband Alan in the Singles group at First Pres and was married there in 1983 by Dr. Robert N. Oerter, (who became her step-father in 1985). Alan and Leslie’s marriage produced three Siamese cat-children, FaFai, Glooamy (MyMy), and the intruder, Max. Alan and Leslie enjoyed travel to many places. Their favorites included walks among the sheep in England’s Cotswalds and other spontaneous European travels and camel-riding in Utah. Leslie climbed 25 of Colorado’s “fourteeners” with Alan. She also enjoyed two “triples” in the last year, the Broncos Super Bowl and American Pharoah’s win.
She is survived by Alan, her husband of 32 years, a brother Mike (Judy) of Scottsboro, AL, a brother Bruce (Tere) of Los Alamos, NM, her mother-in-law Priscilla Conger of Wynnewood, PA, many in-laws and step in-laws, nieces and nephews, and Max the cat. She was preceded in death by her father Michael Trent, mother Geraldine Trent Oerter, step-father Dr. Robert N. Oerter, her father-in-law, brother-in-law, two cousins, a niece, a nephew, and FaFai and MyMy.
Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday July 23 at 11 AM. She will be buried at Green Mountain Cemetery. The family is grateful to all of the fine people who assisted so kindly these last few years, including those at First Pres, the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center for the medical service provided there, all the dedicated medical and healthcare personnel involved in Leslie’s care and her brothers and sisters from Delta Company.
Donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, the Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance, the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.