A Celebration of Life for
Chelsey Beatrice “Feenix” LeBlanc
Chelsey B. “Feenix” LeBlanc was born on September 19, 1987 in Port Arthur, Texas and transitioned across the Universe as she slept on April 6, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She was welcomed into her family as the first grandchild, and immediately charmed everyone around her with her sparkling smile, easy-going manner and colorful personality. She was adored and passed around like a real-life baby doll by a legion of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents alike. In a sign of things to come, Chelsey’s first steps were taken in a full glittery disco wig.
As Chelsey entered her childhood years, she developed a love of singing, ballet, tap dancing, tea parties with her Grandma, creating stories, fishing with her Pop, writing poetry and learning. When she was 11, Chelsey welcomed her baby sister Annie into the family. As they grew older, Chelsey and Annie could be found spending time together at the lake, trading witty barbs, and generally driving each other crazy and protecting each other fiercely as sisters are supposed to do.
Chelsey graduated from Lago Vista High School in 2006, as a member of the Honor Society and ranked fourth in her class. She had a brilliant mind to go along with her kind and creative heart. She excelled in written expression of all forms, and won the University of Texas Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition Scholarship for her essay on civil rights in her Junior Year. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she worked as a lifeguard in her freshman year. She also graduated from Lauterstein Conway Academy of Massage in 2007 And spent some time enjoying a career in Massage Therapy. Upon her return to college, She won first place in the “Writes of Spring Academic Essay Competition” at Metro State University in 2015. She had a knack for language, could speak fluent Spanish, and even wrote her own song lyrics. At the time of her transition, Chelsey was studying Spanish and Human Performance with an emphasis on Dance at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Chelsey had an admirable work ethic, and throughout college she worked at the family restaurant where she was known for her unique ability to connect with customers and remember every name and face. She was loved by her coworkers, who describe her as dependable, hard-working and fun. In her “spare time,” Chelsey would often volunteer her time as an ESL tutor, and supplement her income as a Private Spanish Tutor. She was a skilled Hula Hooper, and was especially proud of her side hustle “Wholesome Hula Hoops,” in which she was the owner, hoop craftress, and hoop dance instructor. Chelsey would sometimes leave hoops on park benches with a note “free to a happy heart.” In addition, Chelsey loved reading, had stellar taste in music, and was an avid movie fan.
Chelsey’s family and friends will tell you that she was loving, giving and kind. One of her favorite ways of giving back was driving around Austin, distributing drinking water and good tidings to the homeless population. She truly never met a stranger, and had a talent for connecting with people and making them feel accepted, connected and special. She was a thoughtful giver of gifts and massages, and could throw a spectacular Tea Party at a moment’s notice.
If you ever had the experience of meeting Chelsey, you would know that she had an overall flair for living life to the fullest, despite numerous health struggles that she tried her best to heal. She expressed herself with creative costumes, makeup, and even her everyday wardrobe showed the world that she embraced her creativity. She was involved with the Circus Arts community in both Austin and Denver, and developed a cadre of creative friends who loved performing. She and her friends would often perform at outdoor music festivals and parades, and she adopted the nickname “Feenix” with her amazing fire hoop skills.
Chelsey is survived by her mother Brandy LeBlanc Miller and her father John Miller, her sister Annie, her Grandmother Liz Moss, her Grandfather Cedric Fontenot and his partner Gail, her Grandpa Bruce Miller and her beloved boyfriend Kevin Murrant. Chelsey is preceded in death by her Grandmother Antoinette Anne Miller. She will be terribly missed by numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends, and anyone who ever interacted with her kind, generous soul.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Chelsey at Bullock Morturary, located at 1375 East Hampden Avenue, (Englewood, Colorado 80113) at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 14th. A second Celebration of Life will be held in her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas at Rose Hill Manor, located at 100 Woodworth Boulevard (Port Arthur, Texas 77640) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20th.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign Chelsey's guest book and share memories and/or photos here on her page.
Chelsey lived her life from a place of authentic generosity and the best way to honor her memory is to live that example. If you feel called to participate, below are links to a few of her favorite causes:
Because chelsey liked giving water to the thirsty, this one is my favorite:
Hands for the Children:
Douglas County Libraries -Highlands Ranch Library (she LOVED to read) https://dcl.org/support/