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Springs Valley High School Auditorium
Saturday January 8th, 2022
10:00am - 1:00pm

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Springs Valley High School Auditorium
Saturday January 8th, 2022

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Mount Lebanon Cemetery
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Leslie Ann Akers

Leslie Ann (Shaw) Akers, 79, of French Lick, Indiana, entered into eternal rest on December 24th, 2021 at The Tribute Senior Living in Prosper, Texas.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 24th, 1942 to Russell and Dorothy Shaw.

Leslie married Charles Earl Akers on October 19th, 1963 and he preceded her in death on October 18th, 2007.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Leslie graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Home Economics in 1964 and then received a Masters Degree in Education from Indiana University.

In 1964 Leslie and Chuck came to the Valley and began their careers in teaching and coaching. She was the cheerleading coach where her squads won two state championships and were in the top 10 in the state numerous times, and founded the Girls Athletic Association at Springs Valley where the girls’ sports programs began. This began her volleyball coaching career where she accumulated 597 wins and continued coaching after retiring from teaching in 2000. In 2009 she was inducted into the Indiana Coaches of Girls’ Volleyball Hall of Fame and in 2010 the Springs Valley High School Hall of Fame where she was recognized for all of her accomplishments while at Springs Valley.

In honor of Leslie and her love of all the things Springs Valley, feel free to wear school colors or Valley spirit wear to the service.

She was member of Tri Kappa, the West Baden First Baptist Church and Mount Lebanon Methodist Church.

Leslie enjoyed sewing, swimming, playing volleyball and golf and coaching volleyball and cheer.

She is survived by:

(2) Daughters - Elizabeth (Libby) Akers Pancake (Tony) of Zionsville, Indiana
Kelli Akers Matthews (Patrick) of Prosper, Texas

(1) Honorary Son - Sebastien Cotte of Stone Mountain, Georgia

(7) Grandchildren – Allison Pancake Roberts (Logan), TJ Pancake (Karly), Trent Pancake, Annabelle Pancake, and Mackenzie, Mollie-Claire and Madigan Matthews.

(4) Great-Grandchildren - Keonna, Kendrick and Elijah Pancake and Prosper Jane Roberts.

A Funeral Ceremony will be conducted by Pastor TJ Pancake and Pastor Randy McNeely on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Springs Valley High School Auditorium, French Lick, Indiana with burial to follow at Mount Lebanon Cemetery.

Link for livestreaming through the Springs Valley Media you tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP4LYRNW9L125xomV...

Visitation for friends and family will be on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the auditorium.

Everyone is invited to gift a short memory or sweet words to her grandchildren about Leslie. There will be a video camera set up in the auditorium lobby prior to the service.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in Leslie’s honor to the Springs Valley Education Foundation, 498 S. Larry Bird Blvd., French Lick, IN 47432 or online at https://www.svalley.k12.in.us/sv-alumni/svef or Union College, Attention: Brian Strunk, 310 College Street, Barbourville, KY 40906. Please note that it is for the Charles Akers Scholarship in memory of Leslie.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Service in French Lick, Indiana 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com.

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A candle was lit in memory of Leslie Akers

Melissa and Mike Matthews Jan 8 2022 9:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Leslie Akers

Denise Hall Jan 8 2022 4:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Leslie Akers

Cindy Hinkle Kendall Jan 8 2022 3:21 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Leslie Akers

Monique Heckler Jan 8 2022 1:12 PM

Mrs. Akers was such an inspiration to so many. I am blessed that she was such a positive influence in my life. Even though I was not athletic, I had the opportunity to be the manager of our girl sports and even the boys track team. I was able to learn from her as she coached the teams. I know she is dancing the streets of Gold with our savior.

Michele Self Jan 8 2022 11:36 AM

Coach Leslie Akers was an awesome teacher and coach! She always pushed us to our limits and was tough, but at the end of the day…we all knew that she wanted us to be our best and that she loved us like her own!!! After graduating, I also considered her a good friend and mentor. She is just one of those special teachers that continue to live forever in the hearts of her students because of her dedication and passion for being an educator, and the life lessons she instilled in us. In my 27 years of teaching/coaching, I can only hope that I had a similar impact on my student athletes…there would be no greater honor!!!
My thoughts and prayers are with all her friends and family in this time of sadness, but may we all rejoice in knowing that she is no longer in pain and has been reunited with the love of her life. The two together, will forever be dancing and rejoicing in the streets of gold.

Lisa Drake Jan 8 2022 11:08 AM

They do not make teachers like your mom any more. She was an awesome teacher as much as she was an awesome coach. I miss seeing her and talking to her. It does bring comfort to know she and your dad are together once again. They were a great pair and so funny together.

Chris Rowland Jan 8 2022 8:08 AM

What a life she lived! So excited for her eternal life to begin. Praying for your family and all who were blessed to have known her. Wish I got that opportunity after reading about her. Love you Libby and Tony and Annabelle!

Myra Legoas Jan 7 2022 9:15 PM

Truly an inspiring woman, friend and mentor. She will be missed. Love and prayers to her sweet family.

Deborah Knabel Jackman Jan 7 2022 1:58 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Leslie Akers

Judy Chestnut Jan 5 2022 9:09 PM

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