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Lesley Easton is Riderwood's Leap Year Baby.  She is pictured with her beloved Ralph shortly after they married in 1942.

Lesley Easton Will Be Riderwood’s 23-Year Old Resident on Leap Day

Lesley Easton is Riderwood's Leap Year Baby. She is pictured with her beloved Ralph shortly after they married in 1942.

Lesley Easton is Riderwood’s Leap Year Baby. She is pictured with her beloved Ralph shortly after they married in 1942.

With a spirit of adventure still in her eyes and the love for family always in her heart, Lesley Easton is about to celebrate a milestone birthday.

The resident of Riderwood retirement community will turn 23 on February 29.

Yes, Lesley Easton is a Leap Year Baby, born in 1924.

“My birthday has always been a source of conversation and fun with friends and co-workers,” said Easton.

She continues to lead a full life thanks to her close-knit family and passion for art.

A native of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, Easton graduated from Forest Park High School in Baltimore, Maryland. During that time, she met the love of her life, Ralph, in 1941.

Born and raised in Washington D.C., Ralph attended George Washington University. Like most men of his age, World War II was a call to service. A Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, he was first stationed in Texas.

It was there that the couple would marry in March, 1942, beginning a 66-year journey together.

“Ralph was the best looking guy in the world,” recalled Easton. “But more importantly, he was the most thoughtful man I had ever met.”

During the war, he served in the Pacific theater in China, Burma and India. When he returned stateside, the couple moved to Indiana and then California. They would return to the Washington area permanently when Easton was pregnant with their fourth child.

Easton was employed primarily by Montgomery County Public Schools. Although she “retired” at the age of 65, she continued to work part-time with the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program through the age of 91.

“I enjoyed being busy and surrounded by younger people. They kept me sharp and young at heart,” said Easton.

In retirement, Lesley enjoys Terra Cotta sculpting. Worldwide travel inspired some of the pieces she created.

In retirement, Lesley Eastman enjoys Terra Cotta sculpting. Worldwide travel inspired some of the pieces she created.

Throughout her life, she always enjoyed sketching and painting. Retirement brought an exciting opportunity to take art classes and refine her skills. Trips with Ralph to China, France, Italy and Portugal provided creative inspiration.

As a result, Easton is a Terra Cotta sculptor with dozens of pieces decorating her apartment home at Riderwood.

“I like working with my hands. Art is a joyful escape for me, and I use the Crafts Studio at Riderwood on a weekly basis,” she said.

With her big Leap Year Birthday approaching, Easton is looking forward to celebrating with her family. Ironically, her granddaughter, Carly, is “also” age 23.

“Things are so different now. All five of my granddaughters are so involved in activities such as sports and their education. I am very proud of them,” noted Easton. Her new pride and joy is a two-year old great grandson who lives in California.

Whether it was picking up with Ralph and three young children at the time to “go west” to California or pursuing artistic endeavors in retirement, Ms. Easton has never shied away from trying something new.

“I think a sense of adventure is very important in life,” said Easton. “I’ve never thought ‘old.’”

 

 

Jeff Getek

About Jeff Getek

Jeff Getek is the public affairs manager for Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring. He authors the blog The Journey On on MyMCMedia.

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