Leila Carol Bahr(Colston)
On August 7, 1953 a gift from God was given to the world in the person of Leila Carol Colston. A blessing to her parents Thomas “Grover” and Lula Mae Colston (Green). An only child, Leila was raised on Chicago’s South-Side in the Roseland community, where she developed a never-ending love affair with music, dancing, cars and motorcycles. Friendships were born in this neighborhood that lasted throughout her lifetime. After graduating from Fenger High School, Class of 1971, Leila completed training as a licensed Beautician and used her skills to beautify individuals in either a professional setting, until she retired in June 2015, or on a personal level. Her talents benefited people on their happiest of occasions and during the most traumatic of life’s events. Weddings, Funerals, Graduations, Hospital Patients, Birthdays, Holidays and those confined to their homes due to illness or injury, were grateful for the transformation Leila would perform on them to make their events special or ease their pain and suffering. Leila did this during her own struggles with personal health, always placing the needs of others before her own discomfort and pain. Her Father died during her teen years and a special bond developed between her and her Mother, Lula, that was unshakable as they met life’s challenges together. Her devotion to her Mother did not end with Lula’s passing, it merely expanded by sharing their experiences with her children, Jillian Gayle (Franczyk) Hendershot, Jacqueline Bahr, who remain devoted to their mother as she taught them through example. She has been the devoted wife of Thomas E. Bahr since June 1983. Together they enjoyed traveling, music and food festivals, and summers in Door County for over 32 years of marriage. Leila will forever be in the hearts of her three grandchildren, Evan, Connor, and William Hendershot, her 8 in-laws, dozens of nieces and nephews, and their children as well. She was taken by the angels on September 8th, 2015, leaving the world a better place and all who had the good fortune of knowing her, better for having met her. Her humble strength and courage throughout her long illness is an inspiration to all her family and friends. We pray that she finds peace and comfort in the arms of the Almighty as she becomes heaven’s newest angel. We will all miss Leila until we are joined together again in heaven’s eternal bliss.
Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, September 11 from 4 to 8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 AM at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road.
Memorials to the Gary Sinise Foundation, Post Office Box 50008, Studio City, California 91614-5001 would be appreciated.