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Lesley Denise Prather (Drury) was born on January 26, 1980, from Louisville, KY, and met her heavenly Father on February 14, 2020. Lesley was blessed to be the center of a massive family that she loved dearly. Lesley graduated from Pleasure Ridge Park High School where she lettered in three sports including volleyball, basketball & track & field. She went on to play volleyball at the University of Louisville, where she led her team to three conference championships, four NCAA appearances, and a Sweet Sixteen appearance. She was named All-Conference USA twice and was named to the AVCA All-Region team. She coached the IUS volleyball team from 2009-2012. She was currently coaching the KIVA 10 volleyball team.
As if she hadn't accomplished enough in her academic, sports, personal life. Lesley set her mind on becoming a firefighter (and when she set her mind on anything, she accomplished it). Lesley spent the last four years protecting and serving her community as a member of the Louisville Fire Department. Lesley was proud to serve her community. She was also proud of her first responders' family, and most proud to encourage girls/women to be whatever you want to be in life. Lesley was a proud member of the LFD and engine 22.
How do you put into words a life lived so full. It was never about Lesley. It was always about others. She was Superwoman in real life. A hero amongst us. Let's say it, a true BADASS. The epitome of a Mother and Wife who unconditionally loved everyone that she came in to contact with. Being a mother to her four children was the biggest love of her life and her most proud accomplishment. Family was everything to her, and she was the protective Mama bear of every single one of her family members. Lesley was a bright light in a world that can be so dimly lit at times with the most radiant infectious smile that you ever saw. Saying that she was the life of the party would be an understatement. When God created Lesley, he broke the mold, with just the right amount of love, loyalty, grace, humor, compassion, fire, fierce competitiveness, and humility. Lesley was an amazing leader & a coach on and off the court. When Lesley said to do something, you knew to do it. She was an inspiration to all of us. Our lives and days were better every day she was in them. She will truly be missed by so many. #LiveLikeLesley
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