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Chandler, Lesta Lesta Chandler, age 62, died at home on July 23 after a 17 year battle with cancer. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of eight years, Eric Feldman; and her beloved son, Cameron. She is also survived by her parents, Harry and Patty Chandler; her sister, Julie Weber; brothers, Carl (Mary) and Tim; and seven nieces and nephews. She was born in Louisville, KY, but spent most of her growing up years in Clintonville. She was a graduate of Whetstone High School and the Ohio State University, from which she graduated with a BA in Art History and an MA in Labor and Human Resources. She was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. She was particularly sensitive to people born in more difficult circumstances than she and strived to help them. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1984-1986. Over the years she also volunteered in the Big Sisters, as a Teacher's Assistant for kindergarten classes in Cincinnati Public Schools, and for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She worked with the Office of Labor-Management Standards of the U.S. Department of Labor for more than 25 years, starting as an investigator and holding various mangement positions, including district director of the Cincinnati District Office. Although she was a highly respected government manager, she considered motherhood the highlight of her life After her retirement in 2013, she moved back to Columbus, residing in Riverlea. She was an inveterate worker of crosswords and Sudoku, an outstanding baker of chocolate chip cookies (among other things), an avid gardener, and loved to play dumb practical jokes on loved ones. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, 40 Rector Street, 16th floor, New York, NY 10006 or doctorswithoutborders.org .
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