Lea Ann Prestia passed away at home on Jan. 15, 2022, after a long illness.
Born in Athens, Ohio, on Oct. 31 1959, Lea Ann lived with her parents and sister Shelley in Ohio. She visited her grandparents often and enjoyed the seasons, which included walking in corn fields, building igloos in the winter and catching fireflies in the summer.
However, a job offer in California got the young family moving to Southern California in the early 60’s.
She attended Thomas Edison Elementary, Luther Burbank Junior High and Burbank High School, where she was the starting catcher on the BHS Girls Varsity Softball team. Upon graduation, she went on to get her college degree at Cal State Northridge.
Lea Ann saw her future husband, Russ, while attending a church “singles” event. They sat close to one another, but never met. Luckily, an after-event gathering at a nearby restaurant gave them a second chance to meet. They were together ever since.
The couple wed in 1994 and enjoyed being each other’s best friend until the time of her death in Prescott, Arizona.
Their backyard gazebo was a favorite spot for Lea, who enjoyed gardening and taking in the view of her beautiful flower garden.
Lea Ann is survived by her husband, Russell, mother, Vera, sisters, Shelley and Cindy, and brother, Randy. She was a beloved aunt to Matt, Krysta, Rachael and Olivia.
A memorial service has already been held in Prescott, Arizona.