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Betty Leslein

March 18, 1932 August 8, 2018
Betty Leslein
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Betty Swayne Leslein of Sugar Hill, Georgia passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018. She was born in Leesburg, Ohio, March 18, 1932, 5th in a family of 8 children to John Franklin and Myrtle Swayne.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Walter Leslein; husband, Stephen Goddard; son, Peter Leslein; son-in-law, Daniel Proctor; parents, John Franklin and Myrtle Swayne; sister, Lena Fenner; brothers, Edward, Leroy, John and Hugh Swayne; niece, Carol Ann Swayne; and step great-granddaughter, Kaleigh Goddard. Betty is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Martha Leslein of Bonaire, Georgia; daughter, Kathy Leslein Proctor of Sugar Hill, Georgia; granddaughter, Marsha and Zack McCarthy of Danville, Georgia; brothers, Robert and Flo Swayne of Springfield, Ohio, Paul and Dorothy Swayne of Delaware, Ohio; 4 step-children and numerous nieces, nephews, and step grandchildren.

Betty’s employment was varied. She worked 9 years for Federal Civil Service including 7 years for FAA, 1 year for VA and 1 year for U.S. Army. She taught school in Ohio and Georgia for 28 years. Also practiced Law after passing the Bar in 1983. She received many awards in her endeavors including: Outstanding Performance Award (FAA), Legion of Honor Human Relations Award Dekalb County Georgia, National Law-Related Educator, National Bar Auxiliary, National Improvement in Education Award (NEA), runner up Georgia Teacher Hall of Fame, Teacher of the Year -1990, Golden Deeds Awards for Pickens County Retired Teachers. She served as President of the Democratic Women of Dekalb, and the Optimist Club of Jasper. Some of Betty’s contributions to education included implementing work study for special needs students at Hilliard High School in Ohio, implementing C.L.A.S.P. (Cooperative Legislator and Student Project) at Columbia High School in Dekalb County which matched a student with Dekalb legislators for a session in which they met once a week to review work of legislature some of which bonds still exist today. The project was continued at Henderson High School when Betty transferred there. Betty wrote successful Grants in excess of $750,000 during her teaching career.

Betty graduated from Washington High School in Ohio in 1949. She held Bachelor and Master Degrees from Ohio State and Juris Doctor Degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta.

Betty’s civic and government involvement included: member of the Peanut Brigade, service on Governor Carter’s Drug Abuse Advisory Board, assisting the White House during President Carter’s visit to Atlanta for the Energy Symposium, and help in many political campaigns.

A Graveside Service will be held 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.

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1:30 PM 8/15/2018 1:30:00 PM
Georgia National Cemetery

1080 Veterans Cemetery Rd
Canton, GA 30114

Georgia National Cemetery
1080 Veterans Cemetery Rd Canton 30114 GA
United States

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