Sept. 11, 1915 - Dec. 27, 2009
Walla Walla - Area resident Annie E. Ledbetter, 94, passed away December 27, 2009, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 8, 2010, at 2pm at the Blue Mountain Community Church, 928 Sturm Ave, Walla Walla, WA. with Pastor Dan Huntley of Blue Mountain
Community Church officiating.
Mrs. Ledbetter was born Sept. 11, 1915, to Harold Levis James and Mabel May Lewis James in Santa Barbara, CA. Her mother passed away in 1918 and her father married Daisy Stewart in 1922. They owned an English walnut ranch. After acquiring a college degree in home economics she moved to Los Angeles where she met her future husband, Oakley (Mutt) L. Ledbetter. When WWII broke out she worked at Lockheed Aircraft Corp as a production engineer. She married Oakley, October 18, 1942, and soon after he joined the army.
After WWII they moved to Tahlequah, OK, where she was a homemaker raising two children. The family moved to Walla Walla in 1956. In 1958 she went to work for the Walla Walla School District as a cook's helper, retiring June 1977 as cook-manager at Washington Grade School. Upon retirement she received the Golden Acorn Award given to outstanding employees of the school district.
She enjoyed reading, cooking, sewing and baby-sitting grandchildren and granddogs. She accompanied her husband on many fishing outings. In 2004 she moved to assisted living at the Washington Odd Fellows Home.
She was alert and active to the day of her passing. She has gone on to be with the Lord.
Mrs. Ledbetter was a member of the Blue Mountain Community Church, the Retired Cooks association, and the County Homemakers Club. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betty Asbjornsen-Hamby (John), son and daughter-in-law, Joe Ledbetter (Susi), granddaughters Tammy Olson (David), Crystal and Chareese Ledbetter, grandson Daniel Leaverton (Jeannie) and two great-grandchildren, Jamie and Jenna Leaverton. She was preceded in death by her husband August 17, 1981, stepdaughter Jean Leaverton and brother Harold L James., Jr.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., Blue Mountain Community Church (building fund) or the Blue Mountain Humane Society through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.