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LEEP, SHIRLEY MAE, 80, lost her sudden battle with cancer and was called home to Heaven on December 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years Eugene Leep, her brother Reginald "June" Raggard, sister Doris "Dot" Ford, and parents Reginald and Belle Raggard.

Her family has lost a devoted mother, grandmother great-grandmother, aunt and great aunt. The list of cousins, double-cousins, nieces, nephews and friends touched by Shirley's life cannot be contained in this column.

Shirley grew up in Pleasure Ridge Park as part of the numerous Bailey/Raggard family and was a lifelong member of Beechland Baptist Church. Shirley was a graduate of Valley High School, but she honed her math skills over many nights playing Rook, Double Pinochle and a myriad of other card games with family. It was during these nights where Shirley also gained her affinity for hot black coffee. Anyone who has been to a restaurant with Shirley will know that the HOT part of the coffee was key, as she was quick to inform any waitress when she was served a drink at cooler than 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Shirley's home was always open to her family and a great many relatives can say they took up residence with the Leeps for a time. Shirley cared for many of the children in the family, a labor which lasted into her final days which were spent with her great-grandchildren.

During the 70's Shirley struck out on her lifelong career at the United States Postal Service. Shirley has many stories of nights spent fulfilling the famous motto that neither rain nor snow could keep her mail couriers from completion of their appointed rounds, including serving for a time as Postmaster of a small Kentucky town. Those present at the time will recall how excited Shirley was when her USPS Early Retirement was announced, a fact which she learned via the nightly news while on a beach vacation.

After retirement Shirley made many new friends while living the "snow-bird" lifestyle. Each year in Texas brought new memories and new card games to play. Shirley and Leep also entertained family and friends for many years in their log cabin at Rough River Lake.

Shirley's only child, Debbie Gibson (Joe); brother Donald Raggard (Frankie); grandchildren, Joey Gibson (Malandra) and Rebecca Gibson; and great-grandchildren, Mara, Graham and Ella Gibson are left behind to cherish her memory while wishing that recipes could taste the same way they did when Mamaw made them.

Service is 12 p.m. Saturday at Heady Hardy Funeral Home with burial at Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Beechland Baptist Church "Living Legacy Fund" 4613 Greenwood Rd., Louisville, KY, 40258 or online at