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MARCIA SHARON SMITH LEBOS

In Loving Memory of Marcia Sharon Lebos — Marcia Lebos was a wife, mother, artist and teacher who loved life and all its gifts. She died Thursday, November 26, 2015.

lebos - marcia (150 x 204)Marcia was born June 13, 1942 in Newport News, VA to Mr. Herman and Ruth Smith. She was the valedictorian of her class at Newport News High School, where she participated in Speech & Debate and edited the school newspaper. She was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Duke University, where she met her husband, Dr. Harvey Lebos.

The couple wed on June 14, 1964 and moved from Winston Salem, Miami and Tacoma, WA during Dr. Lebos’ medical training and military service. In 1974, they settled in Savannah, GA with their two sons, David and Mark. Marcia was very involved in the Jewish community, volunteering for numerous projects and leading musical programs for children at the Shalom School at Temple Mickve Israel.

One of Marcia’s proudest accomplishments was developing the docent program at the historic Mickve Israel, the third oldest Jewish congregation in the United States.

She earned her teaching certificate and taught French at several local schools, including Hancock, Myers Middle School and Windsor Forest High. Passionate about the language and the people, Marcia chaperoned several student trips to France and led the Windsor Forest French Club—many still remember her lively Bastille Day reenactments.

Marcia traveled the world with her husband, enjoying art museums and restaurants. She worked locally as a guide for Tauck Tours, sharing her knowledge of Savannah and its history. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Savannah College of Art & Design in the Interior Design program. She loved Virginia Beach and Tybee Island and spent many glorious afternoons walking on the beach and bobbing in the ocean waves.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Harvey Lebos; her sons, David and Mark; her daughter-in-law, Jessica; her two grandchildren, Abraham and Liberty; her sister, Bobbie Horwitz and her husband, Ken; her niece and her nephew.

The funeral service will take place at Congregation Mickve Israel at noon, Sunday, November 29. Interment will follow immediately at Bonaventure Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Savannah Jewish Federation – 5111 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5214 or to a memorial fund set up in her name at Congregation Mickve Israel – Post Office Box 816, Savannah, Georgia 31402-0816.

Online Condolences

  1. Jack Boylston says:

    I am very saddened to hear of Marcia’s passing. She & I were across the hall at WFHS for 9 years before I left. WOW, What A Great Lady.

  2. Ellen Torpey says:

    David,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Tonya Sharpe Murphy says:

    Dear Lebos family, I am so sorry to hear Mrs. Lebos is gone. She was the best French teacher . I used to baby sit you both when you were little. She was a wonderful mother , teacher , and friend.

  4. Frances Hohenstein says:

    Dear David and family,
    My heart goes out to all of you on the loss of your Mom and Wife. I am so sorry to learn of this. May all your happy memories sustain and enrich you.
    Sincerely,
    Fran Hohenstein

  5. Paula & Carl Zielonka says:

    Dear Harvey and family,
    We wish that we could have been with you today, but our thoughts are with you now and in the days ahead as you go through this difficult time. In the meantime, we will remember having fun with you both in France and Canada and on visits to see you in Savannah.
    Paula & Carl

  6. Susie van der Glas says:

    Dr Lebos I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish you and your family warmth, strength , and courage in the days to come .
    Much Love as always ,
    Susie van der Glas

  7. Abbie McGee says:

    Mrs. Lebos was my French teacher for four years. She truly cared about her students. She will be greatly missed!

  8. Sally Rountree Klein says:

    Dear Dr. Lebos and family,

    I worked with Marcia at Myers Middle School and later at Windsor Forest High School, as a fellow teacher and as her assistant principal. She was a brilliant teacher with high standards, yet her sense of humor, wit, and love were the traits that made her students want to meet her expectations. And they did. She had second period planning in the teacher’s workroom, across the hall from my office: I could hear her wonderful stories of trips abroad with her students and sense the care she put into everything she did. Marcia was a terrific teacher. I will never forget all of the good she brought, not only into my life, but into the lives of her students..

  9. Karen Beard says:

    At this time which combines both Thanksgiving and farewells my heart is with Harvey and his family as they celebrate the vibrant force that is Marcia. I was fortunate to meet her on several occasions at meetings with Harvey and his deep love for her was quite apparent. Her beautiful soul also showed brightly through her eyes. I pray that God’s peace as the Lebos family goes through these early days of separation and know that they can take solace in and can relish the evidence of her spirit all around her beloved Savannah through the coming Holy Season.

  10. Suzy Buelvas says:

    Dr. Lebos, Mark and David … So sorry to know of your loss. I know she was an extremely special and important person in your lives. She was obviously well loved by you all. Take care and God bless you and all your family.
    Suzy

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