Leona "Lee" Fath
Friday 27th of March 1931 - Sunday 12th of July 2020
Leona “Lee” Bernadine Parsons Fath, 89, passed away on July 12, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. Lee was born on March 27, 1931 in Lancaster, Ohio. Lee began a life filled with achievements at Risingsun High where she was a cheerleader, class president and homecoming queen.
Lee earned a full scholarship to Ohio State University and was crowned FAA Miss Ohio at the 1948 Ohio State Fair. Upon graduating from Ohio State Lee married Thomas Guy Fath from Cincinnati on April 24th, 1954 and remained loyal husband and wife for 66 years, raising seven children. Lee devoted her life to helping others. She was an elementary school teacher and an active parishioner at CTK, which involved serving on the parish council, Bereavement committee, and sang in the Resurrection Choir. Lee loved to travel internationally with her husband Tom. She was an avid bridge player and reader, in which she created two book clubs. Later in life, Lee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. For the last three years, Lee resided at the Breckinridge Nursing Home where her dazzling smile cheered fellow residents and caretakers. She participant in an Alzheimer’s study at the Sanders-Brown Center for Aging and donated her brain for further research.
Leona Bernadine Parsons is survived by her husband Tom, sons Thomas (Ann) Fath, Timothy (Beth) Fath, Gregory (Pam) Fath, Douglas (Erin) Fath, William Fath, James (Remiz) Fath and daughter Catherine (Romeo) Corales. Lee proudly claims ten grandchildren: Farah Fath Galfond, Austin Fath, Victoria Fath Giroux, Harris Milgrim, Clara Fath, Katelyn Corales Dauer, Kelly Corales, Lucy Fath, Emma Fath and Emerson Fath.
The visitation will be 5-8, Thursday, July 16th at the Milward Funeral Directors-Southland, 391 Southland Dr., Lexington, KY 40503. A funeral service will be held the following day, July 17th at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 209 Colony Blvd., Lexington, KY 40502. Social distancing guidelines and capacity restrictions will be adhered to during this event.
In lieu of flowers, Lee asks that donations go to the Sanders Brown Center for Aging at the University of Kentucky, 1030 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504.
To share a remembrance of Lee or offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Mary Jo Votrubasays
Tom and family: We were saddened to learn of Lee’s passing but know she is in a better place. She was such a dear lady! You and your family are in our prayers at this difficult time. Blessings, Mary Jo & Ed Votruba
Mary Niehaus Hostettersays
Uncle Tom- I send my deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved Lee. I remember her warm and gentle spirit at our family gatherings. I know she will be greatly missed and know she is with you all in spirit. I will carry her always in my heart.
Janet and Michael Morgansays
Tom, Michael and I are so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. We are also sorry we are not there, but please know you are in our prayers. Adeline, whom you met, also sends her condolences.
Janie & Dave Williamssays
We are so sorry to hear of Lee's passing. She was one fine lady, with a bright smile and personality. What a blessing we have had that she formed the Traditions book club (that now bears her name.) Blessings to Tom and family.
Uncle Tom and Fath cousins, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond childhood memories of Aunt Lee from our family get togethers over the holidays, and summer vacations in Michigan. Cousin Tom, I remember you and I catching turtles together at the Michigan lake we were staying at one summer. Aunt Lee was such a warm, generous and loving person, with a wonderful welcoming smile. I mourn your loss, but know that she is now with the angels and her loved ones who have gone before her. 🙏🙏
Farah, Torie, Greg and Family, I am the mother of Rich Evans and Kristen Evans Emenhiser. I recall meeting Mrs. Fath many, many years ago at a wedding shower. She was a delightful hostess and made everyone feel welcome in her home. I know she was incredibly proud of her family and all of their many accomplishments. I am so very sorry for your loss! Through the loss of a loved one with this illness, it is like losing your loved one little bits at a time. I know her passing is leaving a gap which will never be filled. Blessings to you and yours during this very difficult time. Pat Hays Evans