Leslie Anne Kitchen, age 38

Born February 4, 1979 (French Camp, CA)

Passed on August 30, 2017 (Castro Valley, CA)

From a young age, Leslie had tremendous musical talent. At age 10 she began her development in musical theater, playing Annie opposite Justin-Siena High teacher Bob Morrish.

She performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC, while a music student at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA.

She studied vocal jazz performance at the acclaimed USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. She recorded vocals for the Jefferson Rose Band’s 2014, Feel Like Dancing, with her sister Alex Rose.

She rejoiced in sharing her golden voice with people around her. Leslie’s family remembers many holidays when she and her sister sang together.

Her friends remember her warm smile, infectious laughter, and enthusiastic hugs.

In her professional career, she was a pharmaceutical office administrator, known for her remarkable rapport with clients.

In 2011 she began providing care on the weekends for her grandmother and aunt, shopping for groceries and bringing movies over for them to watch together. When her grandmother moved to Tracy, she continued caring for her.

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An avid SF Giants fan, she delighted in attending Opening Day with her dad, posting Giants memes on Facebook, watching games at home with her grandmother, and wearing black and orange faithfully.

She loved learning to cook her grandmother’s Mexican recipes and made an effort to document them for the family.

Leslie is survived by parents Philip and Christina Kitchen of Tracy, CA; siblings Thomas Kitchen and Alex Rose, and brother-in-law Jefferson Rose of Seattle, WA; and grandmothers Pauline B. Kitchen (Tracy, CA) and Maria Bedolla (Yountville, CA).

She is preceded in eternal rest by her grandfather’s Donald John Kitchen and Feliciano Bedolla, and her uncle Isaac Mejia. Memories and notes of sympathy may be shared at claffeyandrota.com.

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