In Loving Memory of Leta Currey
Leta CurreyMarch 5, 1966 – May 28, 2012
“And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up!” — Charles Dickens
Leta was a friend to all. She was happy and full of life. She was a person that had a light that attracted all to her presence. She never had anything negative to say about another person, and was helpful to all. She loved her family fiercely with a love that could surpass no other. Jim (James) was her soul mate. She loved him with all her heart and soul and he loved her the same. Leta met James while she was a reserve officer in Elgin. They were married July 25, 1998 and moved to Pendleton in 2005. Jim became a law enforcement officer for Umatilla Tribal Police and Leta after working a couple different jobs got her coveted TSA job with homeland security. Leta had many passions, one being her respect and love of law enforcement. So it would be of no surprise to those that knew her that she would become a member of a support group for police wives. She along with several others gave witness to the beginning of WBTB (Wives Behind the Badge). Being one of the original, of a very few still left, that witnessed this beginning, she got to watch as it grew into what is now a non-profit group for the support of police wives and families. She was there for all new members helping them along, learning the rules, learning where to go on the forums and helping them with any issues. She was a big sister to many and friend to all. She was involved with the group in helping wives to understand the struggles and hardships of being a police wife. Helping comfort those in need or going through hard times, regardless the reasons. She made beautiful thin blue line bracelets for many of us on WBTB to honor the fallen, and was an upstanding member to the end. I don't remember exact dates, but I do remember the beginning of her passion for her motorcycle and riding. I remember her nervousness when practicing before trying to get her motorcycle endorsement for her license. She was bit with the bug of riding and the love of her purple Harley. When someone once posted how much they loved the color, she said, and I quote, "Thank you!! Harley Davidson calls it Purple Haze and I named my bike that. Purple is my favorite color so the bike is a perfect match for me." She enjoyed sharing her adventures and her love of riding with us all at WBTB and those of us on Facebook. She also had a passion for photography. She shared many pictures of her big beautiful Oregon moon, and the many flowers she herself planted and of the Oregon landscape. As so often happens, peoples lives change and take different turns or go different directions however Leta and I always kept in touch. We didn't talk daily, sometimes not even weekly, but we were established friends and didn't need daily conversations to know we would always be there for each other. That's the kind of person Leta is to anyone she calls friend. Just recently when I chatted with her, she was telling me about her women's motorcycle group that she herself founded, Northwest Iron Maiden women's motorcycle riders. She was so excited to be able to meet other women riders in her area. To be able to get to know them and plan rides and functions and have that camaraderie with other like individuals. Leta had a passion for life, her husband, her family and friends. I loved her, she was my friend, my sister police wife and sister biker. She never failed to let me know that she loved me and I knew it wasn't just words from her mouth, she meant it. She was easy to love, fun to be around, and always there for anyone that needed her. She was a bright and colorful light in a gray and sometimes dark world. She will be sorely missed by so very many. I believe everything was beautiful to Leta, she saw life as a brilliant rainbow of color. Her most favorite being purple. She is survived by her husband James Currey at the home in Pendleton, her five children; Dana Apling of Portland, OR, Stephen Devoe of Pendleton, OR, Isaac Bolduc of Portland, OR, Rainer Bolduc of Yucca Valley, CA, and India Hardy of La Grande, OR, nine grandchildren: Jonathan, Alex, James, Kaedence, Ashton, Jacobie, Natalie, Seamus and Ava, her four sisters: Julie Shaw of North Carolina, Kelly Laircey of Texas, Elizabeth Donahue of North Carolina and Missy Rolerson of Maine, two brothers: Donald Moulton of North Carolina and Johnny Poulin of Maine, and many nieces and nephews, her uncle Floyd McLeod, aunt Beth Prevost, and her many friends. She was preceded in her death by her parents.
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