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Our beloved Lesley Ann Tidwell Black passed away on June 11, 2018. Lesley was born June 10, 1952 to Farron L Tidwell and Glenna June Call Tidwell-Waylett. She grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Granite High School.
As a teenager, she played the cello, wrote music for a string quartet, played in the governor’s mansion, and had musical and scholastic scholarships upon graduation. She obtained her Bachelors Degree at the University of Utah, followed by a Masters from BYU, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the nursing program in both cases. She went on to obtain further degrees and certifications, including a certificate for Enterostomal Therapy and a Nurse Practitioner’s Certificate. As these accomplishments attest, Lesley was a dedicated nurse. She worked over 44 years at the VA Hospital giving care to those who gave military service to America. She gratefully acknowledged the veterans she served as protectors of the United States. Her patients enjoyed her sense of humor, her wisdom, her kindness, and considered her a friend.
Lesley met her husband Bob in Salt Lake City, and they were married in the Los Angeles Temple on Dec. 4, 1971. Later she was delighted to welcome her precious sons, Jeffrey and David, who added much joy to her life. Lesley did her best to be a good mother as her sons grew up and developed their unique, God-given talents. She delighted in their successes. She also enjoyed living near her sister Denise and their families always had fun together. Lesley was a loyal friend who loved music, art, and beautiful things, as well as her family. She was a member of the LDS faith and had a strong testimony of prayer and of a life hereafter. She believed in angels and miracles, and packed power in her prayers.
Lesley encountered formidable health challenges but had a good “can do” attitude. She also acknowledged her many blessings from her Heavenly Father. She always maintained that she didn’t do anything big but did a lot of little things for a lot of people she cared about. She thought outside the box and gave hope, encouragement, and a listening ear to many people. She was particularly proud that she overcame her fear of animals and learned to love Niko, her son’s Siberian husky, and her tabby cat Link.
Lesley is survived by her husband, Robert Black; her sons, Jeffrey and David; her sister, Denise (Doug) Wollschleger; and her stepbrother, Eddie Waylett. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Ed Waylett; father-in-law, Keith Black; and her sister-in-law, Karen Black Barfuss.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 23, at 11:00am at the Kenwood 1st Ward, 1765 East 3080 South, where friends and family can visit 9:00-10:30am prior to the service. The interment will take place at Salt Lake City Cemetery.