You were Bill's lifelong sweetheart. Loving mother to Beth, Bill Jr., Carl and Noelle. "Dede" and "Grandma Lee" to your adoring grandchildren and their own kids.Cheeky "outlaw" together with your children's spouses. Each of us was your favorite. Each of us misses you dearly.
Your story began with your own parents, George and Jane Keyston Arthur, whose family trades were building homes, banking and, following the Gold Rush, Keyston Brothers' leather crafting business. Your older brothers James, Albert and Noel teased and spoiled you shamelessly. Born in San Francisco, you were raised in San Mateo and later graduated from Stanford University where you had met your Bill. World War II placed the two of you in different parts of the country; you worked with the Red Cross entertaining smitten soldiers at social events when they returned to U.S. soil. Soon after, you took a job at Time magazine in San Francisco, and then Bill wrote you from Detroit. It wasn't long until the two of you returned to one another. As a newly married couple you set your roots in Los Gatos; at the time you were unsure about leaving the city for such a rural place.
Twins were born- Beth and Bill, Jr. Then came Carl, and later Noelle. You grounded your home with heart; warmly supporting, happily entertaining, and welcoming all. Your busy young family knew you to always be a lady - well-mannered, impeccably coiffed and dressed with a sparkling smile. You were the most elegant woman in the room yet unafraid to get dirty. Starting Cilker Orchards with Bill, you were responsible for the 'cot cutting shed and helped him drive the tractors. Always his partner in both business and family, he upheld and trusted your input above all.
Your family was your absolute treasure and number one priority. You greeted us all with the most excited "Hi, Honey!", engaged everyone in joyful laughter and knew when to simply listen. And if your children were the apples of your eye, your grandchildren were the stars in them. Each of your "Top Ten" had a unique tradition or inside joke with you, and each felt that twinkle in your eye was for him or her alone.
Together with Bill, you enjoyed your homes away in Napili Kai and the Tahoe cabin. Loyal to your friends, you cherished time with your beloved PEO sisters, investment club, and countless social gatherings. You loved crosswords, arranged exquisite floral arrangements, tied the fluffiest ribbons and delighted in surprising the unsuspecting with your dribble glass and peanut brittle can filled with a spring-loaded snake.
We are eternally grateful to your gentle caregivers. Our deep thanks go to Stephanie Goodrich, your steadfast advocate and loving friend for so many years.
Thank you for keeping the noisy candy dish fully stocked and the dinner bell ready for little hands to gong. For your beautiful notes, thoughtful gifts, and mint in your special iced tea. For sidelong glances followed by beaming grins. Witty replies and gentle encouragement exactly when and how we needed them. You valued each of your family members as individuals and were unwaveringly confident in all of us.
Thank you for a life filled with laughter, family and love. We keep your heart within each of ours.
Loving you always, Your family
Leila is survived by her loving husband William Hamilton Cilker, Sr., children Elizabeth Cilker Smith (Kenton), William Cilker, Jr. (Elizabeth), Carl Cilker (Kathleen), and Noelle Cilker Henderson (David), grandchildren Keyston (Amanda), Bradford (Daneen), Karyn (Justin), Noel (Allen), Leila Noelle, Janine (Keith), Cynthia (Daniel), Meredith, Gregory (Christie), and James, great-grandchildren Keyston Noah, Alanna, Carrick, Leila, Gabriel, Tate, Madison, Scarlett, and brand new baby Lily. Preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and grandson Benjamin.