Lena Kate Thompson Cleary, 88, passed away Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at her home in
A native of Meridian, Mississippi, she was the only child of Gustavus A. Thompson and Doris
Lavern Thompson Kelly. Lea moved to New Orleans and lived there for over 30 years. She
then moved to Barataria, where she lived until her death.
With three grown children living all across the country, Lea delighted in having her whole
family together for the holidays. Thanksgiving was an especially treasured time, when her
children, grandchildren, and even her great grandson would gather, hanging out on the deck
or the pier, watching tugs and boats float by on the bayou, enjoying crawfish, crab fingers and
oysters from Higgins Seafood!
Lea loved bright colors, bringing them to her wardrobe as well as the artwork she created for
her home. She was no stranger to "bling" and was often spotted wearing blinged out
sweaters, animal print and funky jewelry - an appreciation of which she passed on to her
Her family and her longtime companion, George Wilder, are sad to lose her and will miss her
dearly, but they know Lea will be thrilled to be reunited in heaven with her beloved dog,
Tommy, and her many two-legged loved ones that have gone before her.
Lea was the widow of James Cleary, and is survived by longtime companion, George Wilder;
daughter Carla Wyche Taylor (Richard) of Houston, TX; son Alan Wyche (Linda) of Florence,
SC; son Robbie Tuttle (Katie) of Colorado Springs, CO; grandson Daniel Tuttle and
granddaughter, Anna Tuttle of Colorado Springs, CO; granddaughter Monica Wyche (Dean) of
New York City; and great grandson Elrod Poynor of New York City, whom she was thrilled to
meet and "love too much" before she passed.
The family will hold a private memorial at a later date
Published on November 16, 2017