Leigh Pfeiffer Cravens Thomas, age 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, surrounded by her sisters and her beloved pets in her Somerset, Ohio home.
Leigh was the first of seven daughters for artist William S. Cravens, Jr. and his lovely wife Roslyn Pfeiffer. She was born on April 6, 1949 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, spending her early years on their dairy farm in Dover, Delaware, and, later, in their daughter-rich home in idyllic Wyoming.
Leigh left Delaware a young wife and mother after marrying her high-school sweetheart, Al Schubert, and giving birth to their son, Alan.
She would soon find herself as the lead singer in a successful rock and roll band that travelled the east coast from Maine to Florida, which is where, because of the abundant sunshine, she finally settled.
There, Leigh eventually became a flight attendant for Pan Am Airlines, and purser of the press plane for President Ronald Reagan.
In her later years, Leigh’s path led her to rural Ohio, where a love for antiques prompted her to change careers; she immersed herself in refinishing and selling antiques, selling her own beautifully hand-painted wares, and creating a lovely home for herself and many beloved, rescued animals.
Leigh lived an amazing and wonder-filled life, full of world travel and exhilarating experiences. She made indelible impressions on those she met, and formed life-long friendships that stayed strong until her last moments.
Leigh was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, William S. and Nancy Cravens; her maternal grandparents, John and Belle Pfeiffer; her parents, William S. Cravens, Jr. and Roslyn Cravens Moore; her beloved Aunt Dorothy (Dee) Meeks; and a dear nephew, Tyler Kirk Albertson.
She is survived by her son, Alan Schubert; her uncle, Ken Meeks; her six younger sisters, Jamie Melvin (Raymond), Holly Yadacus (Thomas); Jill Cravens (Jack Olenik), Candy Albertson (Kirk), Laurie Rosenbaum (Kenneth), Jennifer Wooleyhand (Thomas); her many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; the many appreciated friends; and her beloved pets, Mel, Snippet, Ollie, Ellie, Vince, Maggie, Kitty and Patriot.
In lieu of a public service, Leigh’s family suggests remembering Leigh by living life as fully as she did—through travel, constant music, love of family and friends, and by rescuing the many forgotten animals of the world.
Leigh’s last words to her little sisters, given with an understanding smile, were “Stop crying.” With those words in mind, the encouragement of how Leigh herself lived life, and in other words she might herself have used for this occasion, just “Live, Laugh, and Love.”
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