Leslie Palmerlee, loved by her family and friends and adored by the countless children who had her as a teacher, died peacefully Thursday morning at her home in Gilroy. For those who knew her, Leslie was an extraordinary inspiration. Through the last decade of her life, she showed those around her how the most difficult challenges can be overcome through positive thinking, a focus on what is beautiful, and a smile. Leslie was an elementary school teacher for 23 years. She was a quilter, a gardener, a cook, an angler, an astounding mother, a magnificent wife and a beloved grandmother of three. Leslie was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended UCLA and moved to Gilroy with her husband, Dan Palmerlee, in 1970. They had known each other since junior high and were married for 47 years. Leslie is survived by her husband Dan, her children Candace and Danny Palmerlee, her 93 year old mother Mary Jane Pierce, and her sister Candy Kieley. A celebration of Leslie's life will be held among family later this summer. Donations may be made in her name to Gentiva Hospice, 2055 Gateway Place, Suite 600, San Jose, CA 95110.