Minnie Alvera Ledford
Minnie Alvera Ledford, 91, of Francesville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 18. She passed away at her daughter’s home in Rochester.
Minnie was born on Sept. 15, 1929, in Denham, to the late John and Lela (Miller) Rater. She was lovingly raised in Beaver Township by the late Wayne Wood and Mary Catherine [Neusbaum] Fitz. Minnie was a graduate of Pulaski High School. On Nov. 9, 1947, she married the love of her life, William Ernest “Bill” Ledford at the Tippecanoe Christian Church in rural Winamac. Bill passed away on Feb. 12, 2017.
Minnie was an active member of the Tippecanoe Christian Church and Ladies Guild. She was also a member of Happy Homemakers Home Economics Club. Minnie was a proud homemaker with many talents. She was an avid quilter and seamstress. She faithfully cared for her family her entire life — whether it was making outfits, gardening and canning, or cooking and baking — Minnie attended to her family. She worked alongside her husband on the farm, helping wherever it was needed. Minnie was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Most of all, Minnie loved being a grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her daughters: Barbara Ann [Tom] Elliott of Monticello, Diana Lee [Mark] Burch of Rochester, Debra Kay [Les] Ezra of Winamac, and Sandra Sue Henderson of Lafayette; grandchildren: Dean, Kathleen, Tom Jr., Tracy, Thomas, Chera, Alicia, Heather, Eve, Terry, Brandon, Nicole, Kristen, Shawna, Kyle and Lindsay; great-grandchildren: Justin, Sean, McHale, Mallory, Kelsey, Christian, Elvira, Easton, Hudson, Rylenn, Dailan, Sophie, Audrianna, Luke, Elijah, Jace, Lillian, Hayden, Leah, Olivia, Rori, Sophia, Irene, Joshua, William, Isaac, Grace, Isla, Henry, Declan, Ashton, Brooklyn, McKenzie, Jackson, Ariah and Arrianna; great-great-grandchildren: Ariel, Emma and Liam; brother Wayne Wesley “Butch” [Judy] Fitz of Winamac; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her biological parents John and Lela (Miller) Rater; parents Wayne Wood and Mary Catherine [Neusbaum] Fitz; husband William Ernest “Bill” Ledford; brother William “Bill” Rater; infant sister Juanita Fitz; sisters Mary Catherine Becker, Alberta Smith, Lorna DePoy, Gertrude Smiriotis and Anna Mae Cowger; and brothers: John Andrew Rater Jr., and Robert Rater.
Private visitation will be held at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Private graveside services and burial will take place at Tippecanoe Cemetery in Winamac, with Rev. Edward Clark officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tippecanoe Christian Church.
Online tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 25, 2020)