Lesa Mahoney said goodbye to her children, husband and family in the evening of December 23rd. She was also known as variations of Elizabeth (Lesa) Lee (Folz) Mahoney-Forsythe, a name as overwhelming as she was. A woman with a fiery spirit, a generous and giving heart, immense loyalty, true ethics, quick wit, unbridled enthusiasm, boisterously beautiful who loved life. Lesa lived to work and mentor, travel and create objects of beauty. She has inspired many, many people in more ways than can be explained in text.
A year after her birth in Las Cruces New Mexico, she returned to Phoenix where she later attended St. Gregory and St. Francis elementary schools, Washington High School and the University of Arizona where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta. She left college to work for a number of construction companies, which eventually lead to her partnership in her own commercial construction company. Retiring from that industry, she spent much time with the girls of her Girl Scout Troop, volunteering at school with the Art Masterpiece program, creating unique jewelry, traveling with her family, and shortly before her illness, opening a Fine Art Gallery.
Her loved ones include her children Casey Mahoney and Ellee Forsythe, her parents Mickey and Peggie Folz, brother Cory Folz and Sister Judy Folz Holbeck (John Holbeck) nephew Brenton Holbeck, step children/grandchildren Lars Forsythe (Becky, Lars Jr. and Lily) and Lariana Forsythe, (Topher and Reed Lesniak) her Father-in-Law Charles Forsythe and many, many extended family members, and her true life partner, best friend and Husband Larry Forsythe. She was preceded in death by her brother Brian Folz.
A private funeral ceremony will be held for the family. All friends and family are invited to a celebration of Lesa’s life that will be held at the family’s home on Saturday afternoon, January 5th, 2013. For details, please contact a family member or see the Caring Bridge blog for Lesa Mahoney. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Lesa’s name to Susan G. Komen for the cure.