Oct. 7, 1943 - Oct. 16, 2009
Leslie Engle, 66, of Philomath died of complications due to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
Born on a plane that left London during the Blitz, Leslie found herself traveling the world after World War II. She was educated all over the world, and finally settled in the United States in her teens.
She dedicated her life to education, first in occupation, then eventually as bookstore owner, and finally culminating in the co-creation, with Kenneth Engle, of the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire. This living-history re-enactment and marketplace is her legacy, and seeks to portray accurately what was for her one of the most important times in Western experience - the Renaissance, literally, the rebirth of thought.
She was a member of Corvallis Tourism and the Oregon Festivals and Events associations.
She married Ken Engle in Agoura Hills, Calif. He preceded her in death in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Patricia Smith.
Survivors include a son, Adrian Hughes.
A celebration of Leslie's life will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire site, over the bridge at the intersection of Highway 223 and Grant Road in Kings Valley. Please bring your own seating.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Shrewsbury Hands On History Scholarship Fund, proceeds of which will go towards scholarships.