Leslie Lynn Laidlaw, 65, died at her home in
Her parents predeceased her as did her younger brother, Richard M. Laidlaw; her paternal grandparents Floyd M. and Helen Carroll Laidlaw (died 1918) and Bernice Laidlaw; and maternal grandparents Otis E. and Helen V. Miller.
Leslie was a graduate of
Devoted since childhood to
birds and animals of all kinds, Leslie intended to become a veterinarian.
She was, however, denied admittance to the Purdue University School of
Veterinary Medicine because she was a woman. Undeterred by the gender
discrimination permissible at that time, she received her bachelor degree in
Animal Science and her masters in Ethology and later
a degree in nursing, all from Purdue. Her meticulous research with wolves
at the Wolf Park in Battle Ground,
For the remainder of her life, Leslie would be devoted to researching and caring for birds and animals, frequently consulting with pet owners experiencing a variety of problems with their pets. For much of her life, her own home was a veritable menagerie. Leslie’s childhood penchant for writing poetry also continued throughout her life. In her poem “The Bobwhite Count” which was published in “Centres of Expression”, Leslie combines her passion for the outdoors with her keen sense of nature as something to be savored and venerated. Her talent for painting and sketching, first evident when she was a young girl, also continued with animals and birds as her preferred subjects. A gifted pianist and flutist, she played both until arthritis made it too difficult for her to continue.
Leslie is survived by her
brother, J. Michael Laidlaw and his wife Wendy, of
Portland, Maine; nephews Michael E. Laidlaw and his
wife Tammy of Newnan, Georgia; and Jon-Christopher D. Laidlaw
and his wife Melanie of Evansville; great-nieces Gabrielle, Hayley,
Hannah Jean, and Ciara; great-nephews Justin,
Jackson, Caden, and Donovan; and cousins Ann Ricker,
Margaret Jean Hoxley, Brian Miller, and Kelli Granade. Surviving
also are Laura and Jim Chubbick who were a continuing
source of friendship and support when Leslie moved back to
A service, including the
distribution of her ashes at a