Ruth Elaine Ledgerwood, 87, of Sunnyside went peacefully into the arms of our Lord, Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, at 10 p.m. as her family and Pastor Mike Hughes surrounded her prior to the time of her passing.
Our beloved mother, grandmother started her life, Jan. 29, 1919 near Birch Tree, Mo. She was the daughter of Edward Lee Weaver and Clemie M. Britian, and was the third of six children. Elaine graduated from Thomasville High School and attended S.E. Missouri College at Cape Girardeau. She taught first through eight grades in a rural school in Rocky Falls for one year.
On March 25, 1939 she married Lawrence Jefferson Ledgerwood in West Plains, Mo. They were blessed with 66 years together. In their early years, Elaine took care of their home and raised two children while Lawrence farmed and did carpentry work. By 1942 they decided to move to Sunnyside, where they settled down to live the remainder of their lives.
Elaine gave birth to three more children, which kept her busy at home as well as being involved in their school and other activities, such as home room mother. This included being a den mother to a Cub Scout den and also child care for friends and neighbors so the mothers could work. She did all of this while also canning fruit and vegetables to help provide for her growing family. This busy mother learned how to sew and provide for her family through the experiences of growing up on a farm in Missouri during "The Depression." From the necessity of providing clothes for her children grew a love of sewing for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This included her many colorful and warm quilts she gave to so many.
In the 1950's, Elaine began working, first at a laundromat before entering the retail business at Rasco's Five and Dime with Dan Hamblett. Her work experience continued with Lee Semon's and later helping at several other clothing stores before working for LaHatt's Jewelry stores in Prosser and Sunnyside.
Elaine enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends, but above all she preferred personal time with family and friends rather than in large crowds. Family came first.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Larry and Linda Ledgerwood of Kelso, Sharon Slaight and Terry Fortner of Sunnyside, Gary and Carol Ledgerwood of Prosser, Carol and Henry Pratt of Cosmopolis, and Lowell and Pauline Ledgerwood of Santa Marie, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ross Weaver of Mansfield, Mo. and Ray Weaver of Salem, Mo.; and a sister, Mary Lou Eschrich of Mount View, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; her parents, Ed L. Weaver and Clemmie M. Britain Weaver; a sister, Auda Head Reese; and an infant brother, Efton E. Weaver; and a son-in-law, Don Slaight.
Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to honor her memory may contribute to the First Baptist Church in Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.