Leslie Elise Parker passed away on April 28. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Rabbi Daniel Greyber; daughter and soon to be son-in-law, Abby Tatum and Van Little; her sister, Annice Parker; and grandchildren Alon, Benjamin and Ranon Greyber and Chase Tatum.
Leslie was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and had a charmed childhood on Missionary Ridge, living next door to aunts, uncles and cousins. Her parents, Alex and Pauline Parker, were childhood sweethearts who called each other “Sweetie.” The family, which by then included her younger sister Annice, moved to Atlanta when Leslie was 12 years old.
Leslie attended Northside High School and, later, the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. She was a middle school special ed teacher for several years. Leslie married Tommy May and they had two daughters, Jennifer and Abigail.
She studied to become a paralegal when her children were young and was very well respected as a corporate paralegal at several top law firms in Atlanta throughout her career. Leslie was also married to James Pepper (z”l) and, most recently, Rabbi Stephen Listfield.
Leslie especially loved ballet, dogs, doughnuts, gardening and all kinds of Mediterranean food. She loved murder mysteries, Christmas movies, Queen, “The Wizard of Oz” and anything British.
She had a strong sense of ethics and always wanted to be remembered as a person of high moral standards. Leslie had already survived cancer in 2007 before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, Fla., or Sharsheret. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
- Leslie Elise Parker
- Rabbi Daniel Greyber
- Missionary Ridge
- Northside High School
- University of Georgia
- Georgia state university
- Special Education
- Rabbi Stephen Listfield
- murder mysteries
- Christmas movies
- The Wizard of Oz
- Alaqua Animal Refuge
- Dressler Jewish Funeral Care