Leslie Doneta Lakings, 53, of Baker City, Oregon took her journey to be with God on November 24, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. A Celebration of Life and potluck to honor Leslie and her son Lance Pierce who passed away on December 1, 2017, will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Veterans Memorial Club – Post #3048 in Baker City, Oregon.
Leslie was born in Baker, Oregon on April 13, 1964 to Donald and Bobbie Lakings. She was born in Baker but raised in Chiloquin, Oregon. She was a free spirit who loved and lived life to the fullest. Leslie loved to travel and was always up for a new adventure. She loved being outdoors, riding horses and four wheelers, working in flower gardens, landscaping, and just creating beauty; these were all things she was passionate about.
She served for six years in the United States Army Reserves as a mechanic; she then moved on to Kodiak, Alaska where she worked as a deli manager for a few years. Upon returning to Oregon, Leslie achieved her greatest accomplishment - her son Lance. He was her world and her greatest joy.
In 2007 Leslie relocated back to Baker City to be close to her family. She was a very talented artist who could draw, paint, carve, and work with wood; leaving her work all over town for people to enjoy. Leslie was friends with everyone and was always lending a helping hand to anyone who may need it. She always had a smile on her face even while battling cancer. Some would hear her say "heaven you better look out 'cause you have a beautiful lady coming".
Leslie is survived by her son Lance Pierce of Gresham, Oregon; her sisters, Gwendolyn Cullum of Baker City, Oregon and Samantha (Sam) Lakings of Canyonville, Oregon; her brothers, David Lakings of Chiniak, Alaska and Donald Lakings of Washington; her significant other Donnie Counts; her nieces, Andrea Garcia of Roseburg, Oregon, Michelle Mousseau of Roseburg, Oregon, Salena and Sarena Cullum of Baker City, Oregon, Willow and Delilah Lakings of Chiniak, Alaska; her nephew, Waylon Lakings of Chiniak, Alaska. She is also survived by numerous great nieces and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Bobbie and her nephew Bobby.
Memorial contributions in honor of Leslie may be made directly to Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814 or through this website to help the family with her final arrangements.