Posted Online: April 03, 2012, 5:17 pm

Leigh Ann Gesling

Comment on this story

Leigh Ann Gesling, 48, of Petersburg, Ill., passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Ill.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, at Hurley Funeral Home, Petersburg, with the Rev. Dan Boyer officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral services. Burial will be at Farmer's Point Cemetery, Tallula, Ill. Memorial contributions may be made to her family.

She was born on Nov. 6, 1963, in Moline, to Ted and Ninevah Green Watkins. She married William "Bill" Gesling.

Leigh Ann loved animals and spending time with her family. She was a people person and was loved by many.

She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Gesling, Petersburg; six sons, Jason (fiancee, Amanda) Gesling, Josh Gesling, James (Tonya) Wallick, Matthew Wallick, Jeremy "Buck" Gesling, and Leslie Young-Gesling; two daughters, Kandyse (Jeremy) Hagner and Amanda (Zach) Boggs; father, Ted Watkins; four brothers, Rev. Dan (Linda) Boyer, Timmy (Debbie) Boyer, Michael (Teala) Boyer, and Ted Watkins Jr.; a sister, Patty (Roy) Garrison; 10 grandchildren and two grandchildren on the way. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ninevah Watkins; and a brother, Gary Boyer.

Online memorial messages may be left at