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Leah  Jean  Sardone
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Leah Jean Sardone, 64, passed away peacefully on her own terms on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 after a long seven year battle with cancer. Her last days were filled with love and prayer surrounded by her family.

Leah and her twin brother Larry were born September 18, 1952 in Independence, Missouri to the late Robert and Alma Singleton. She grew up in the St. Louis area and attended the University of Evansville, earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing. In 1974, she moved to Atlanta to pursue her lifelong career in helping others. In 1980, she met her husband, Jim Sardone, whom she spent 35 wonderful, happy years with and had two beautiful children, Allison and Joseph.

Her long and successful career began as a nurse with Piedmont Hospital. It covered many areas including orthopedics, emergency medicine, acute medical care, plastic surgery, nursing management, and IT consulting. In addition, she also founded her own company, Convention Nursing Services, which allowed her to travel extensively around the world. She helped open urgent care centers, as well as Piedmont Fayette Hospital, where she served as the first Executive Director of Respiratory, Rehab, and Radiology and Chief Nursing Officer. Her final years of employment were spent helping hospitals around the U.S. implement Electronic Medical Records. When she wasn’t dedicating her time to improving the lives of others, she was singing in the church choir, bettering the community with the Rotary Club, expressing her creativity through a variety of crafts, volunteering at the cancer wellness center, and being a dedicated loving mother and wife. Her positive, faithful, and genuine nature always touched countless lives around her.

Leah is survived by her husband, Jim; daughter, Allison (Chris) Van Wormer; son, Joseph (Rachael) Sardone; mother, Alma Singleton; brothers and sisters, Lynette (Wally) David, Lorene (Jim) Greer, Larry Singleton, and Lloyd (Edie) Singleton; and various aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 11:00 AM, at the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Peachtree City. Interment will follow at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Make your tribute online at www.donate.piedmont.org or mail your donation to: Piedmont Healthcare, Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 105452
Atlanta, GA 30348-5452. Please make sure to include your gift designation.

Leah Jean Singleton was born eleven minutes before her twin brother, Larry Dean. Her mother and father, Alma and Robert Singleton, did not know they were having twins so it was quite a happy surprise! The twins came home to two year old sister, Lynnette, and one year old sister, Lorene. These very close-in-age siblings learned early on how to share toys, bedrooms, bathrooms, and clothes. Getting along with others was necessary in the Singleton household. Baby brother, Lloyd, came along eight years later to complete the “5 L’s”. Leah had a natural bond with her twin brother, Larry. They were very protective of each other. In fact, when they were five years old, at a birthday party, Leah won a game and was awarded a $1.00 prize. She was so upset that Larry hadn’t won anything, she tore the dollar bill in half and gave him half of the prize.

Leah’s mother used her accident-prone brother, Larry, to help mold Leah into a medical professional; always letting her help care for his cuts, bruises, and broken bones. A large garden and acreage with a horse helped Leah enjoy gardening and other outdoor activities. Leah was always a good student; she excelled at math and science. She always had the talent to be extremely focused on a task or activity and always determined to finish it no matter what.
In high school she played in the band (flute) and was very involved with the church youth group. At the University of Evansville (Indiana), Leah majored in nursing and was very involved in Angel Flight, a support organization for ROTC. She was selected to study for one semester in England and was one of six students (nationwide) nominated by her Dean to pilot a program at NIH (National Institute of Health) to learn techniques of research nursing. Her first job with Piedmont Hospital brought her to Atlanta in 1974. Her nursing career covered many areas including Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Acute Medical, Plastic Surgery, Nursing Management, and IT consulting. In addition to full time nursing, she formed a company, Convention Nursing Services that she headed for almost 20 years. This company gave her the opportunity to travel extensively in Asia, Europe, and many islands in the Atlantic and Pacific. She was always excited that she got paid to travel the world.

Leah met her husband, Jim Sardone, at a convention where he was a vendor and she was there to provide medical care if needed. They were married in October, 1981. Their daughter, Allison, was born in 1983 and son, Joseph, followed in 1985. The family built a home and moved to Peachtree City in 1991. She helped open Urgent Care Centers, as well as Piedmont Fayette Hospital. She served as Executive Director of Respiratory, Rehab, and Radiology and Chief Nursing Officer. Her final years of employment were spent helping hospitals around the US implement Electronic Medical Records. She was also a very talented artist, creating beautiful pen and ink canvases that hang in most of her family’s homes. She had a lovely alto voice and enjoyed her time with the church choir and hand bells. Her talent and love of creative projects became a primary focus while she was undergoing chemotherapy.


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Visitation

Tuesday

18

Apr

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home - Peachtree City

200 Robinson Road
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Funeral Service

Wednesday

19

Apr

11:00 AM
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home - Peachtree City

200 Robinson Road
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Cemetery Details

Location

Westminster Memorial Gardens

2090 Hwy. 54
Peachtree City, GA 30296


Memorial Contribution

Pedmont Heathcare, Office of Philanthropy

P. O. Box 105452
Atlant , Georgia 30348-5452
www.donate.piedmont.org
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