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September 23, 1960 June 12, 2015
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September 23, 1960 was a glorious day for that was the day that Myrtle C. Jones and Jack E. Jones, Jr. birthed their second baby girl, Leisha Denise (Jones) Thomas.

Leisha was educated in the Prince George's County Public School System. "I graduated from
Gwynn Park Senior High School in 1978. I was on the girls basketball team and the girls
baseball team and I must say ... I was one hell of a pitcher!" Among her other activities and
studies, Leisha specifically studied Cosmetology while at Gwynn Park. "After I graduated in 1978, I became a professional Hair Stylist in 1979. I met my best friend in the late 1990's ... her name is Sasha. Sasha is my golden, "For Hair Only" scissors and I've been told that Sasha had ADD ... . but I never understood why people would say that. . . LOL!" Of course, if Leisha was ever your Hair Stylist, you would understand why it was said that Sasha had ADD because a hair trim most times ended up as hair cut. Miss Sasha was definitely haircut happy! Leisha was a passionate Hair Stylist who loved to do hair; and if you came in with a cut, color or style from someone else that she did not care for she didn't mince her words about letting you know it! She was excellent at her craft and gave as much attention to hair care as she did hair styling. Her prices were reasonable, but on those occasions when you couldn't afford to get your hair done and she knew about it, she blessed you and made a way for you to get your hair done.

Leisha had many talents and interests. She was as much an outdoor kind of girl as she was an indoor kind of girl. In her younger years it was nothing to see her on the family's riding lawnmower receiving direction from her father on how to cut the grass, or working beside him tending to the family garden. Later you might find her in the house tending to chores and definitely receiving pointers on cooking from her mother and Grandmother, Kitty.

Leisha was well rounded and had several talents, hobbies and interests. She was quite talented in the kitchen - "I love to bake LeiDelicious treats for the soul" She definitely was a good baker and her treats soothed the soul and put extra pounds on the body all at the same time! While she had many LeiDelicious treats, her strawberry shortcake, coconut lemon cake, and lemon bars were among specialty items. She also had a tradition and truly enjoyed making Christmas cookies every year with the kids in the family even when she may not have been at her best. Not only could Leisha bake, but she was also a very good cook- her world famous macaroni and cheese was Umm, Umm Good!

Remembering some of her interests - "I love spending time with my family and friends and taking plenty of pictures." You could count on Leisha to love and support her family and friends and take plenty of pictures. Whenever there was a family or friends gathering, Leisha was sure to have her camera. She would take pictures and actually get them developed instead of just leaving them in her camera. As you look over the many pictures she took over the many years that she took realize that those pictures help to sustain forgotten memories and events and they help to tell stories about the people in the pictures as the pictures capture various moments and stages throughout their lives. She unknowingly taught many the value of taking pictures and getting them developed because they are really treasures and keepsakes.

Remembering her hobbies - "I love to fish!" Leisha was a country girl who wasn't afraid of putting worms on the fishing hook for bait. She had no problems catching, cleaning or cooking the fish she caught. She spent many hours fishing off the banks of Windsor's ponds, Dares Beach, and off the side of fishing boats in the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.

Continuing her memories - "I love riding my 1976 Kawasaki KZ900!" Not only did she love to
ride her beautiful, shiny and clean, green machine, but she could outride any man on a motorcycle. She was FIERCE on a motorcycle hugging curves and leaving people in the dust! The word on the street was that she was known by the sound of her bike - at various motorcycle gatherings, you could hear her coming and all the motorcycle guys would say "here comes that girl from Croom!" The Cycle Queens was the first all female motorcycle club she belonged to. Those Queens were something else and they owned the world of female bike riders at that time in the local area. The Cycle Queens could be found and heard anywhere in the DMV and beyond as a long distance road trip was not out of the question. The second female club that she helped to establish was the Flamingo Ladies. Leisha, along with the other members of the Flamingo Ladies were well known and well respected in the two wheeler community. During her motorcycle days, Leisha and her club members had more fun than the law allowed. Leisha inspired many girls and women to not be afraid of, but rather to embrace and love the spirit of motorcycle riding.

Through her years of life and living, Leisha developed a personal relationship with God. She
regularly read and studied her Bible, talked, and prayed with God from whom she drew strength. "I love to go to the beach early in the morning to watch the sun rise and to read God's Word. The morning water is calming and peaceful to the soul." I accepted Christ in my early 20's. I am a lifelong member of Nottingham-Myers UMC now currently a part of New Hope Fellowship. I became a Communion Steward in the 1980's and later co-chaired the
Children's Ministry. I enjoyed working and serving God in both of these Ministries. I served
as a Communion Steward until my health no longer allowed me to do so." Leisha was
certainly a Champion for God - she loved the Lord and would often say during her illness, "God's definitely got my attention."

In addition to the time she spent at home in Croom, Leisha also spent a lot of time with her family in Calvert County, especially during her motorcycle riding days. You could find her many days at the home of her Uncle Grafton Jones chilling with the Calvert County Joy Riders. Jr was during this time that Leisha met the young and handsome, Melvin E. Thomas. Leisha and Melvin dated and dated, and dated and dated, and finally on August 29, 1992 they were united in holy matrimony . .. "Melvin blessed me with a beautiful daughter, Loleta R. Thomas Gray. In 1993, we blessed each other with a handsome son, Melvin Matthew Thomas. Besides God, my husband is the best thing that God ever blessed me with." "Big Mel - Thank you for being the BEST husband, caregiver and friend; and thank you for being a great father."

"I will rest in peace knowing that my family members have accepted Christ. Lil' Melvin -
Please keep God close in your heart and remember you are never walking alone for God is
always just one footstep in front of you. Loleta, I love you my sweet baby girl."

Leisha was raised in a loving Christian home and family was very important to her. She was a
blessing to her family and them to her, but as we know, there is something special about Momma... "Mommy, I love you so much. I pray that God will continue to bless you as you have blessed me over the years.

Leisha was a phenomenal woman who meant so much to so many people. Should you ask any of those people, they would all say the same thing, that Leisha was kind, compassionate, generous, and had a heart of gold. She would feed you, clothe you and provide anything else you might need. There was nothing that she wouldn't do to help somebody if it was in her power to do so.

Leisha was an awesome wife and mother who took the best care of both her Melvins. She was devoted to both of her boys as evidenced by her picking watermelon seeds out because Big Mel didn't like seeds in his watermelon when he ate it - and when she would fix him a bowl of ice cream, she would put it in the microwave first for 30 seconds before she gave it to him because Big Mel doesn't like his ice cream too hard. There were times that Leisha got teased by family members saying that Lil Melvin was going to have a hard time finding a wife who would get up every morning to make him chocolate chip pancakes and bacon like she did before he went to school every day. Yes, Leisha was proud of, loved, and took care of her Melvins.

Big Leisha, as she was affectionately known, endured her illness with faith, strength, grace, dignity and perseverance. She NEVER complained about her health situation, but rather praised God for the blessings He had bestowed upon her and her family. She was an inspiration to many as she was courageous and fearless in the face of adversity, and she just pressed on. Even in her progressing illness, she thought of others and left these sentiments - "I want to thank my family members, friends and my church family for your love and prayers. If I have said or done anything to hurt anybody, please forgive me."

Leisha was preceded in death by her father, Jack E. Jones, Jr., and her maternal and paternal
Grandparents. She leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her life, her devoted husband,
Melvin E. Thomas; her children, Loleta Gray (Andy), and Melvin Matthew Thomas; her mother,
Myrtle Jones and her mother-in-law, Rebecca Thomas; sisters, Sheila Moore, Renee Robinson (Haywood), and Leisha Burch; sister-in-law, Kathy Thomas; brother-in-laws, Linwood Thomas and Rodney Thomas; grandson, Ethan Gray; nieces, Jacqueline Simpson (Kenneth), NaTalia Singleton; nephews, Andre Robinson (Sophia), Jordan Robinson, Troy Singleton; great niece, Peyton Robinson; devoted cousin Lamatine Jones; Godmother, Areitha Savoy; BFF Lisa Lewis McKelvy; other devoted aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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