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Lesley L. Ault

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lesley Lazar Ault, aged 63, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2014. She was born on June 15, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Isaac N. and Frances M. (Babian) LaZar. Lesley grew up in Tulsa, graduating from Memorial High School in 1968. She attended the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, OK before moving to Ruidoso, New Mexico where she quickly discovered her love for nature and skiing. She was a ski instructor for the Sierra Blanca resort for over 10 years where she had a special talent for teaching all ages and levels of skiers, always making sure they had fun doing it She taught her nieces, great-nieces and many friends how to ski and she earned her 20- year instructor certification pin, a pin that always brought a smile to her face and that reminded her of so many sun-kissed runs through freshly fallen snow. During her time in Ruidoso she was also a member of the US Forest Service and served as one of the first women in fire prevention in New Mexico. In 1981 Lesley returned to Tulsa and met the love of her life, Joseph Ault. They met through friends at a wrap party for one of Francis Ford Coppola's movies. They immediately hit it off and loved taking road trips, especially back to Ruidoso, where they got engaged. They married in Tulsa, April 23, 1983. Lesley and Joe shared a love of the mountains. They built a beautiful cabin in Cuchara, Colorado with their own hands. One of her fondest memories was being snowed in at their cabin with Joe and their dogs for ten days with no one around for miles. Lesley and Joe also shared a love of baseball, specifically the Tulsa Drillers and the Chicago Cubs. They had season tickets to the Drillers where they loved spending time with friends and family and as a passionate Cubs fan, always made sure to catch a game when they visited their niece and family in Chicago. But most of all, Lesley and Joe shared a love for each other. Lesley was known to family and friends as "Bae," a nickname given by her brother when she was born. She was thought of as an old soul, embodying a spirit of belonging, peace and love. Lesley nourished a deep commitment and love for her family and adopted family of friends. Lesley saw the good in everyone and those lucky to call her a friend, had a friend for life. Lesley also had a deep place in her heart for her dogs and horse, Dollar. Her family and friends would often remark, "When I come back, I want to come back as one of Joe and Lesley's dogs." Lesley, along with her brother, Terry Lazar, was co-owner of Modern Plating Company, Inc., a company founded fifty years ago by their father I. N. "Ike" Lazar. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Ault; stepson, Chris Ault; brother, Terry Lazar and wife, Ann; nieces, Ashley and husband, Steve Selman and Abigail Lazar; great-nephew, Isaac Gleeson and great-nieces, Addison and Whitney Selman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Bae's favorite charity organizations Worldvision. org or John 3:16 Mission, 205 E. Pine Street, Suite 103, Tulsa, OK, 74106. Service will be held Saturday, February 22nd, at 1pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. Reception to immediately follow at Stephenson Hall. Please leave a message for the family on Lesley's webpage at StanleysFuneralHome.com 918-743-6271.