Elizabeth (Liz) Adele Leng was born in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 1927 and pursued a career as a school teacher. She met her husband, Foster Leng, and moved to Delta Junction, Alaska in 1960, where they homesteaded in the Clearwater area on what is now known as Leng Road.
After raising their three boys on the homestead, she acquired her Alaska teaching certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and taught in the Delta Greely School District until her retirement.
Liz served on the Delta Junction City Council 1977 to 1982, as Mayor Pro Tem and later as Mayor from 1978 to 1982. At one point she ran for the Alaska State Legislature. After her divorce from Foster and her retirement, she moved to Anchorage, where she resumed teaching by helping inmates at the prison obtain their GEDs, as well as teaching English as a Second Language.
Throughout her life, she travelled extensively all over the world: frequenting China, Europe, South America, and Cambodia to visit her son Willie. Learning as much as she could about local culture and history were a passion of Liz’s. She continued to work until she was 85 years old and retired a second time before moving to Renton, Washington to be near her son Jeff and his family. She could be seen into her 90’s walking the perimeter of the Renton airport, rain or shine.
She passed quickly and comfortably with Jeff and Janie near her side on April 9, 2019. Independent, smart and adventurous to the end, 91 years young! We are proud of the woman, mother, grandmother and great grandmother she was.
Liz was preceded in death by her father, Wilbert Luckenbach, mother Adela Le Clert, brother William Luckenbach and ex-husband Foster Leng, she is survived by sons Jeffrey Leng and daughter-in-law Janie of Buckley, Wash., Gregory Leng of Anchorage, David Leng and daughter-in-law Lynne of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and William Leng and his family of Cambodia. Granddaughters Katherine Steele of Newport, N.C., Susie Hartman and son-in-law Chuck of Enumclaw, Wash., and Jimmy Leng and family of Cambodia. Great Grandchildren are Mitchell and Kayley Steele of N.C., Kate Hartman of Wash., Susan Leng and Christian of Cambodia.