"It takes a remarkable person to inspire all of this." ~Richard Gilmore
Leslie Renee Einhaus was born on February 19, 1977, in Arlington, TX, to Bob and Lana Einhaus. A spunky red-head with brilliance and wit from her earliest of days, she brought light and laughter wherever she adventured. Even as a child, she loved writing and her puppies.
She collected life-long friendships all over the country, from various places she called home including Yoakum, Comfort, Brenham, College Station (TX), Missoula (MT), Boise, Lewiston, Moscow (ID), and more.
A ballpoint pen and a piece of college-ruled paper or a blinking cursor in her hand foreshadowed the next literary treasure—one you might clutch to your chest or proudly choose for your bookshelf. Her writing was simple sophistication. Simple, because her words were like a nod to the human heart, validating what the reader already felt, but did not know how to creatively showcase. Therein lies the sophistication side that so branded her style.
Leslie graduated from Lewiston High School in 1995, where she held office in student government, initiated a political club, and was involved in a student radio station and the local youth group. Lewiston High School is also where she began her official writing as a reporter for The Bengal Purr. In 1999, she received her degree in Communication Studies/Journalism from Lewiston-Clark State College where she continued to share her writing talent at The Pathfinder. She built many memories and brought much joy to her peers—count yourself lucky if you were among that group! This is when "the gang" began (if you know, you know).
In 2007, The Healing Redhead's story was able to inspire an even broader audience. Creative Nonfiction Magazine officially awarded Leslie the title of a published author when they featured her story, "Keeping Up Appearances." This work was a glimpse of her stunning memoir, in which she shares the strength she continued to gain through the experiences of her medical and life journey. This being said with much sacredness, sincerity and hope for all who are reading this: She never lost her faith in Jesus through every valley she endured.
If those with faith as small as a mustard seed can move a mountain, the strength God gave and gives Leslie now is more than we can imagine.
Leslie was a significant contributor to The Lewiston Tribune and the Communications and Marketing department at the University of Idaho where she worked for many years as a content manager, writer, editor, and writing mentor to many. It became obvious she mastered the art of the interview in her journalism successes, but here's something you must know: this was just who she was. So much so that even the youngest of her family members would walk away from any conversation with Leslie feeling uplifted, heard, and knowing someone cared to ask and remember even the smallest details of their lives.
If it was important to you, it mattered to her.
She could strike up a friendship and gracefully maintain it, making her the friend everyone wanted to have. Your happiness was her happiness, and your burden—well, she would instantly share it with you. She was "friends double your joys and divide your sorrows" animated and come to life. Her generous spirit and genuine kindness was unmatched, showing nothing short than a person after God's own heart.
Since she loved multiple aspects of the communication arts, she greatly appreciated creative entrepreneur singers and songwriters such as Peter Mayer, Josh Ritter, and her very own cousin, Aaron Einhaus.
Leslie was a fashionista in every sense— she studied it, taught other people about it (and where to procure it!), and attractively modeled it. She loved all things Kendra Scott, Kate Spade and Rae Dunn. Leslie also enjoyed studying and embracing healthy lifestyles and menus. For example, a favorite Saturday for her in Texas would have been a morning stop at the local coffee shop and a stroll through Trader Joe's or the local farmer's market. But that would also be followed by a trip to The Blue Willow bookstore and accessory shopping with her faithful pal (her mom), aunt or cousins, ending the day with any episode starring Scott Porter, Kyle Chandler, or Lauren Graham. A perfect Saturday for her in Idaho would be (also the local coffee shop or The Polar Bear), and then subsequent hiking or snowshoeing in the gorgeous mountains with her beloved dad, her Chocolate Labrador Bridger, or her friends. Like her father, she was a proud member of Friends of the Clearwater and served two terms on the Idaho Humanities Council.
Leslie was full of whimsy, as evidenced all throughout her life, and specifically in her unforgettable talent at the Junior Miss Pageant at Lewiston High School. And when the holidays came around— watch out world! She was a gatherer—her family and friends were the happy recipients of many parties and traditions that she began, complete with festive decor and her latest recipes. The fun-loving side won out against the healthy menu at this time of year, as her most desired destination at Christmastime was her Aunt Jamie's famous "Treat Train."
And we know that above all, she "loved fall most of all."
Proud dog mom to rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Ollie and Greta, she nurtured and enjoyed these two with such love and devotion. And we all loved watching her with them. They were her cuddle buddies, her friends, her kids.
Leslie went to heaven on October 5, 2021 and those who have gone before her include her dad, Bob Einhaus; her maternal grandparents, Bobby "Pop" and Myra Jo "JaJo" Grayum; her paternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Ann Einhaus; her aunt, Mary Pat "Choo-Choo" Kendrick, and her aunt, Susie Greenwood and Labradors, Bridger and Sierra.
Until their happy reunion, Leslie will be greatly missed by: her mother, Lana Einhaus; her fur babies, Ollie, Greta and Jesse-P; her aunts and uncles, Jamie Carr and husband Jack, Elizabeth "Bibbit" Fannin and husband Mike, Kathy Einhaus, Jim Einhaus and wife Leanna, Nancy Watts and husband Ted Vance, Randy Kendrick and wife Glenda, and Gerald Greenwood and wife Karen; cousins, Courtney Strong and husband Josh, Kayla Smith and husband John-Travis, Lee Ann Stinson, Dustin Einhaus and wife Emily, Mitch "Ryan" Caudle and wife Amanda, Aaron Einhaus and wife Melyn, Ashley Reeves and husband Zack, Justin Kendrick and wife Molly, and all of their children, as well as many, many dear friends.
The storyteller's story isn't over. For now, we can make it our mission to continue to share the light from her life to help others. Believers in Jesus, we will see her again soon!
Her best chapters lie up ahead, and I cannot wait for her to "fill 'ya in," as she would often say. Now that's going to be quite a day.
In lieu of flowers, we invite family and friends to donate in her name towards a cause that meant so much to Leslie: https://www.cavalierrescueusa.org/donate.html?
A Celebration of Life for Leslie will be in a come and go manner on Sunday, October 17, 2021, from 2-6 pm, at the home of a family friend. Please contact Hillier Funeral Home for more information regarding services.
"...Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20