Leslie Elizabeth LaGrossa
Published: October 11, 2010
LESLIE ELIZABETH LAGROSSA, 57, on Friday joined her father, James Vincent LaGrossa, and her sister, Virginia Caroline LaGrossa, in heaven, where they are laughing about old times and happy to be reunited. Leslie, a sixth-generation Arkansan who grew up in North Little Rock, worked hard to make a difference in the lives of others. She was a registered nurse who impressed patients with her care and concern for their well-being. She knew how to make them feel that everything was going to be all right. She would do anything for her family and friends, whether help them move, work in the yard or talk about their troubles. She loved driving around in her Jeep and having fun with her friends. Leslie was athletic; she was an avid bicyclist and her favorite sports included softball, tennis and golf. Her caring ways extended to animals. Leslie took in dogs, cats and a ferret, not concerned about how much money she spent on them. Leslie graduated from Northeast High School. She received an associate degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Leslie received a bachelor's in nursing from Henderson State University. She worked many years at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, including in respiratory therapy and day surgery. Leslie is survived by her mother, Jeanne LaGrossa of North Little Rock, sister Linda Howell and her husband Richard of Little Rock, sister Camille LaGrossa of Greenbrier and sister Alyson Hoge and her husband David of Hensley. Others include Linda's son, Patrick Howell, his wife Stephanie and their daughter Sophie; Linda's daughter Kristine DeBrine, her husband Robbie and their sons, Tyler and Tayler; and Alyson's son, Michael Hoge. At the end of this life's journey, Leslie was surrounded by the love of her family and closest friends, Lisa Rawn and Paige Deloney. We also wish to extend thanks to Cindy Johnson, Carol Metz and others in the Wednesday movie group who took great care of Leslie on their outings. Leslie received help and support from many people, including family physician Dr. Norman Pledger. Arkansas Hospice provided a team of responsive professionals who moved quickly and cohesively while giving tremendous support and guidance to us. Leslie will be cremated. An announcement will be made later about a memorial service. We encourage people to remember Leslie with donations to the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Ark., 72116; Alzheimer's Association, 1202 S. Main St., Suite 215, Little Rock, Ark., 72202; or to a humane organization of your choice.