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May 9, 2014

Dorothy Ledbetter

Athens — Athens- Graveside services for Dorothy Ledbetter, 93 of Athens, will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Athens, Texas.

Ms. Ledbetter passed away May 7, 2014 in Granbury, Texas.

Dorothy Wyche Ledbetter was born in Rusk County to Alton and Sibyle Whitttington Wyche on August 29, 1920.  She graduated from Kilgore High School and attended Kilgore Jr. College where she was a member of the Ranger Sweethearts who became the Kilgore Rangerettes.  In 1938, she married Herschel Ledbetter, a rodeo cowboy, who always kept life exciting.  They moved to Athens where her husband owned the Henderson County Livestock Auction and she worked in the office during auctions.  She was active in the Methodist Women’s Society and instructed Candy Stripers who volunteered at Athens Memorial hospital.

Herschel and Dorothy moved to Montgomery, AL in 1972, where after surviving breast cancer, she volunteered for the American Red Cross.  They moved to Waco, TX in 1988 where she belonged to the First Methodist Church and Newcomers Club.

Dorothy’s favorite hobbies were playing bridge, reading books and poetry.  She liked to have a good time and dressed up every Halloween to pass out candy and to scare the neighbors.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters Laurel Welsh and Frances Welch and her husband James; her grandsons LTC Brendan Welsh and wife Carol; Mark Welsh and his wife Christina, and five great-grandchildren: PJ Welsh, Colleen Welsh, Molly Welsh, Bridget Welsh, and Connor Welsh.  She also had two great-great grandchildren: Riley and Khloe Welsh.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel Ledbetter, her sister Louise Montgomery, her brother Phillip Wyche, and her son-in-law William Welsh.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 12, 2014 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Family in Athens, TX.

You may write condolences or light a memorial candle at: www.hannigansmith.com

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