Obituary of Minnie Alvera Ledford
Minnie Alvera Ledford, 91, of Francesville, IN went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. She passed away at her daughter’s home in Rochester, IN. Minnie was born on September 15, 1929 in Denham, IN 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 November 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 February 12, 2017.
Minnie was an active member of the Tippecanoe Christian Church and Ladies Guild. She was also a member of Happy Homemakers Home Ec 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:
Barbara Ann (Tom) Elliott, Monticello, IN Daughter
Diana Lee (Mark) Burch, Rochester, IN Daughter
Debra Kay (Les) Ezra, Winamac, IN Daughter
Sandra Sue Henderson, Lafayette, IN Daughter
16 Grandchildren: Dean, Kathleen, Tom Jr., Tracy, Thomas, Chera, Alicia, Heather, Eve, Terry, Brandon, Nicole, Kristen, Shawna, Kyle, and Lindsay
36 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
3 Great Great Grandchildren: Ariel, Emma, Liam
Wayne Wesley “Butch” (Judy) Fitz, Winamac, IN Brother
Many Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in death by:
John and Lela [Miller] Rater, Biological Parents
Wayne Wood and Mary Catherine [Neusbaum] Fitz, Parents
William Ernest “Bill” Ledford, Husband
William “Bill” Rater, Brother
Juanita Fitz, Infant Sister
Mary Catherine Becker, Sister
Alberta Smith, Sister
Lorna DePoy, Sister
Gertrude Smiriotis, Sister
Anna Mae Cowger, Sister
John Andrew Rater, Jr., Brother
Robert Rater, Brother
Private Visitation will be held at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.
Private Graveside Services and Burial will take place at Tippecanoe Cemetery in Winamac, IN with Rev. Edward Clark officiating.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Tippecanoe Christian Church.
Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.
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