Leota Faye Abdou (“Lee” and “Sweetpea”) went to be with the Lord on November 30, 2020, after a battle with cancer, she was surrounded by her loving family. Lee was born in Corbin, Kentucky in 1940, the daughter of Wilton Lee and Dorothy Maurine Purkey Scalf. Her first job as a young girl was at the original Kentucky Fried Chicken with Colonel Harland Sanders. After marrying Dr. Fathy A. Abdou, she moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia and worked as an office manager at her husband’s medical practice.
As a devoted mother and faithful Christian, Lee was very involved in her children’s lives by teaching Sunday School, leading Girl Scouts, and participating in many community activities. Lee had a very giving spirit. She expressed her love of people, country, animals, and community by contributing to several charitable organizations. Lee also loved to travel the world, but her heart was in the Holy Land and returned there several times. Being there gave her peace and made her feel close to Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. Everyone Lee met was uplifted by her joyful and positive spirit. She will be greatly missed."
Lee is survived by her daughters: Dinah Abdou-Burton of Merritt Island, Florida, Linda Michelle Bernstein (Larry) of Wernersville, Pennsylvania and Lisa Abdou Bliss (Eric) of Spring City, Pennsylvania; her brother: William Scalf of Lexington, Kentucky; her sisters: Zesta L. Scalf Smith of Orlando, Florida and Debbie Midden of Lexington, Kentucky; 8 grandchildren: Nicholas Sharp, Brittany Sharp, Jason Zoeller, Austin Trucksess, Dallas Vializ, Prescott Bliss, Addison Bliss and Courtlyn Bliss; 5 great grandchildren: Sarah Blevins, Ashley Blevins, Kaylee Zoeller, Mckenzy Zoeller, and Jason Zoeller Jr. and her beloved “Charlee”. Lee was preceded in death by her husband in 2002 Fathy Amin Abdou MD, her brother John Scalf in 2010 and her granddaughter Ami Nicole Blevins in 2020.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home. A Service to Celebrate the Life of Leota Faye “Lee” Abdou will be held at 5:00 P.M. Saturday, December 5, 2020 in the Roger C. Thompson Memorial Chapel at Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home with Pastor Wade Mumm of Greeneway Church, in Orlando, Florida. Lee will be laid to rest and reunited with her husband in the Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Virginia. PLEASE Remember at Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, because of the recent pandemic, necessary precautionary measures will need to be taken, SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE REQUIRED as well as WEARING A FACE MASK at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the St, Jude Hospital for Children, The A.S.P.C.A., Wounded Warriors Foundation, Feed the Hungry, The Jewish Christian Fellowship or the Charity of your choice.
The Abdou family is being cared for by: CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741; 407-847-3188
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