Barbara Elizabeth Lesley (Cope) of Smyrna, Del, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 23, and burial will be Saturday, Aug. 24.

Barbara Elizabeth Lesley (Cope) of Smyrna, DE, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

She was 69.

Mrs. Lesley was born on May 9, 1944, in West Grove, Pa., the daughter of the late Phillip and Grace Cope.

She grew up in Lincoln University, Pa. and graduated from Oxford High School in 1962, Gettysburg College in 1966, and Drexel University in 1967.

In 1968, she married her husband, Sem Joseph Lesley. They spent 45 happy years together.

Barbara was employed as a Reference Librarian for the University of Delaware and as the Elementary School Librarian for the Smyrna School District, from which she retired after 20 years of service.

At home, she enjoyed gardening, landscaping, and bird watching at Bombay Hook. She traveled extensively with her family throughout the world. She was an avid reader, student of history, and was passionate about family genealogy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sem.

She is survived by three sons, Matthew Phillip Lesley and his wife, Amy, Joseph Allen Lesley and his wife, Kimberly, and John Brubaker Lesley and his wife, Katherine; her grandson, Jacob; and two granddaughters, Ava and Emma.

A visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Faries Funeral Chapel, located at 29 S. Main St. in Smyrna.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m.

Burial will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. at New London Cemetery in New London, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Friends of Bombay Hook, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, Delaware 19977, or to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.

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