Lelia Lou Petre

lelia petre

November 17, 1914 ~ May 18, 2007

Resided in: Colorado Springs, CO

Lelia Lou (Biggs) Petre, 92, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2007, at Brighton Gardens of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born November 7, 1914, in San Marcos, Texas, to Kenner Dee and Lelia Lou (Storey) Biggs. Lelia married Warren 'Pete' N. Petre on December 20, 1953, in Frankfurt, Germany. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren; her parents; two brothers, William D. Biggs and Dr. Burnard Storey Biggs; and a sister, Julia Ione Biggs Cain. Mrs. Petre is survived by a brother, James Kenner Biggs, Sr. (104 years) from Houston; four nieces and five nephews. Lelia attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College, from the Kindergarten lab. school through graduation with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. After graduation she taught public school music in Texas City. She also was the organist in the Methodist Church and taught piano privately. She studied piano at Juliard School of Music in New York City during the summers of 1948 and 1949. After receiving her masters degree from University of Texas in Austin, she moved to Berlin, Germany where she taught in the Department of Defense schools. She met and married Warren in Frankfurt, Germany where he was serving in the U.S. Army. Later they moved to Pueblo where she taught 6th grade and music in Pueblo School District #60 before retiring. Mrs. Petre was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pueblo. She loved classical music and regularly attended Pueblo Symphony Orchestra concerts. Lelia also enjoyed bowling, bird-watching, camping and fishing at Blue Mesa. A private burial service will be held at Ft. Logan Cemetery, in Denver, Colorado. Phil and Gladys Perry (Lelia's niece) want to extend heartfelt thanks to Brighton Gardens' caregiver staff for their friendship and loving attention shown to Lelia. Memorial contributions may be sent to the local Alzheimers Association either direct or through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Deal Lelia,
    You were a loving sister all these years, and I will truly miss you. I know you are in a better place with beautiful music.

  2. Le- we will miss your warm sense of humor, your devotion to your husband and all of your nieces and nephews. You were such a classic lady and I always looked up to you. You will be missed.

  3. We will truly miss you. You have touched all our lives with your love and with your music. I just know that you are up there with Uncle Pete, Grandmother and Grandaddy, Uncle Bill, Uncle Burnard and Aunt Ione. We love you. Love, Pat

  4. Leila was an amazing person. She accomplished much more than most women from her generation and truly lived life to the fullest. As a teacher I am sure she touched many people’s lives. And as an Aunt she was thoughtful and kind. I am deeply saddened by her passing, but I know that she is in heaven now with Pete enjoying music more incredible than anything we can imagine. When I think of Leila I think of beauty and love. I will miss her always.

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