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Leslie Watson Botjer
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“May her spirit stay within all of us forever.Our deepest sympathy to the whole beautiful Botjer Family. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Scarlett Zachar - Coral Gables, FL

“Will always remember Leslie as an extraordinary person; a good friend, inspiring, comforting who possessed all the qualities which made so near &...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Scarlett Zachar - Coral Gables, FL

“I will always remember Leslie as an extraordinary person; a good friend, inspiring, comforting which possessed all the qualities which made so near ...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Scarlett Zachar - Coral Gables, FL

“Leslie and I were friends from College and forever.She was the funniest, brightest person I have ever known. She was a light that will be forever. ...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Bob,My heartfelt condolences to you and your family on your great loss. I remember Leslie as a warm and hospitable lady whenever I visited you...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Usama Mikdashi - Beirut

“A true friend for over 51 years. We kept in touch throughout the years. We will always remember Leslie as a very positive, caring, "get-it...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Dennis/Gwen McNenney - Sebastian, FL

“I love and miss you, Mom.~Love, JLB ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Jamie Botjer - Silver Spring, MD

“Our thoughts and sympathy to your family in this time of sadness and of remembrance. Jim and Raija NewtonCitibank Zaire, Mauritius and Nigeria ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Our condolences to Bob, to all children and grandchildren. Our love and admiration for Leslie will last forever. We are thinking of her, now, on June...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Lode Beckers - Kester, Belgium


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Leslie Watson Botjer, 73, of Charlotte, Vermont, died on Saturday, May 6 in her home, fourteen months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Born January 30, 1944 in Pasa Grille, Florida, Leslie was the daughter of Dr. Leslie and Lois Johnson Watson. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California in 1961 and from the Honors College at the University of Oregon in 1965. Leslie spent one year as a Fulbright Scholar in Quito, Ecuador before receiving a Masters degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1968. Leslie married Robert Botjer in 1968 and they commenced a thirty-year adventure living, working and raising a family abroad. While living in Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, Leslie was actively involved in community life. Her work centered on her deep belief in the importance of childhood education and included documentary film making, teaching, guidance counseling and high school administration. Throughout this time, the family called Vermont home-base. Leslie and Robert returned to the United States in 1996. They spent five years in Miami before returning to Vermont. Leslie served on the Boards of both the Lund Family Center and the Stern Center for Language and Learning. After family, her life long interests included tennis, skiing, sailing and gardening. She is survived by: her husband, Robert; their children Jamie (and husband William), Bret, Ryan (and wife Chung), and Jordan (and husband Alexander); their grandchildren Keira, Riley, Shea, Mateo and Caibry; and her siblings Mike Watson (and wife Sheila), Bruce Watson (and wife Patricia) and Lorna Watson (and husband Robert). A celebration of Leslie's life will be held on June 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the family's residence in Charlotte. The family would like to honor the dedication and care Leslie received from the nurses at UVM. For those who wish, please make a donation to the UVM Medical Center, 363 UVM, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

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