Dorothy Fay Ledbetter

EDNA — Dorothy Fay Ledbetter, 90, of Edna passed away at 8:25 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at Medicalodge Nursing Home in Coffeyville.

Dorothy Fay Foister was born on Aug. 22, 1930, to Jesse Howard and Alta May (Hayes) Foister in rural Edna. She grew up in rural Edna, attending Parkville Grade School and graduating from Edna High School in 1948.

Throughout her life, Dorothy worked at a number of places. She was a switchboard operator for the Edna Telephone Exchange, a bookkeeper for McCoy Lumber and Edna Lumberyard, a salesclerk for Classy Lady Dress Shop in Coffeyville and a local news writer for the Edna Sun and Labette Avenue. Dorothy will be most remembered for being the librarian at the Edna Public Library.

She was a member of Edna United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. Her greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her family.

On Nov. 9, 1951, Dorothy and James “Sonny” Ledbetter were united in marriage in Bentonville, Arkansas. The couple made their lifelong home in Edna. Sonny preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 2011, the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Melton and her husband, Larry, of Edna and Alice Duncan and her husband, Will, of Dearing; four grandsons, James “Jed” Melton and his wife, Tammy, Eric Melton and his wife, Dawn, Andrew “Andy” Duncan and his wife, Alexis, and Jesse Duncan; 10 great-grandchildren, Alyssa Melton, Victoria Melton, Michael Fawcett, Alyssa Fawcett, Matthew Fawcett, Ava Duncan, Alivia Duncan, Benjamin Duncan, Brantley Duncan and Eliaas Duncan; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Howard Foister and his wife, Jessie; and a sister-in-law, Martha Foister.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sonny; a brother, John Foister; and a grandson, Douglas Melton.

A private family service will be held at Edna United Methodist Church with Pastor Jamie Regis of Dearing Christian Church officiating. Friends may call to sign the register from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will take place at Edna Elm Grove Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Edna Public Library, Edna United Methodist Church or the Edna Fire Department and may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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