October 13, 2012
Leslie Anne West passed away in Superior, Ariz., July 26, 2012, following a lengthy illness. She was 67.
To Leslie Anne West, the world was a stage in which she played many parts: artist (paintings, sculpture, jewelry), mother, gardener, actress and entrepreneur. She was born Leslie Anne Borden in Pittsburgh May 7, 1945. She resided in Nevada City, Calif., from 1966-1991. While there, she was a partner in a small restaurant, Bunce’s, in Grass Valley, Calif. She then purchased Blackthorn’s, a basket shop in Grass Valley and expanded it into a fine gift store. Blackthorn’s was later moved to a location on Broad Street in Nevada City.
In 1975, she partnered with her friend Diane Fetterly and husband Bruce to start The Foothill Theatre Company. She appeared in several productions, most notably “The Glass Menagerie” and “Summer and Smoke.” Leslie was also the company’s business manager. In 1991, Leslie moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., and attended art classes at the Scottsdale Community College. She relocated in 1996 and established her studio in Superior, Ariz.
She is survived by her husband Bruce Kimball West of Burbank, Calif.; son, Nathaniel Borden West (Ivonne) of El Monte, Calif.; mother Maxine Borden of Ocean Shores, Wash.; sisters, Bonnie Hall of Anchorage, Alaska, and Christine Borden of Florida; and a niece, Wendy Hudspeth of Anthem, Ariz.
Her fondest wish was to meet her first grandchild, Gabriel West, who was born Aug. 16, 2012 in Hollywood, Calif.
“Earth is here so kind, that one may just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest”