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Mrs Leslie Russell Blythe

Mrs Leslie Russell Blythe
  • July 17, 1946 - January 31, 2017
  • Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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Leslie Russell Blythe, age 70 of Miramar Beach, FL, passed away Tuesday, January 31, from complications related to a blood infection.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 7, at 2:00 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home (161 Racetrack Rd., NW, Fort Walton Beach) to be followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. Leslie's brother-in-law, Pastor Michael Pfohl, will be officiating.
In keeping with Leslie's love of the beach, she will be cremated, and her ashes will be scattered in the Gulf at a later date.
Leslie was born in Ithaca, NY, to Harold and Carol Russell on July 17, 1946. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Allen Blythe, on February 24, 1968 in Vienna, VA. After graduating from Mary Washington College, in Fredericksburg, VA, she worked as a teacher for over 34 years and was passionate about her job and love for her students. She loved history and was involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition to spending time on the beach, Leslie loved to spend her free time traveling the world, reading, playing cards, and visiting with family and friends.
Leslie is preceded in death by her parents.
She will be sorely missed by her husband of 49 years; their children, Tracey (Ed) Moriarty, Ryan Blythe, and Patrick Blythe; her sisters, Joan Shorter and Jennifer Welborn; her grandchildren, Aidan and Liam Moriarty, numerous sisters and brothers through marriage, as well as her many nieces and nephews, and, of course, her much-loved rescue dog, Blondie.
The family of Leslie would like to thank Dr. Mose Hayes and Sacred Heart Cancer Center for their exceptional care and treatment upon Leslie's diagnosis of ovarian cancer 5 years ago. The family would also like to thank the emergency and ICU staff at Sacred Heart Hospital for their exceptional care and kindness to Leslie during her time there before her death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance ( or Yelp! Baton Rouge Dog Rescue (