Elsie Margaret Ledbetter (nee Dawson)
October 19, 1925 – May 1, 2019
Margaret passed away in her sleep at the Bayfield Manor, Kemptville, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, aged 93 years. Beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Ledbetter and daughter of the late Col. Ulric G. Dawson and the late Adella Francis.
Survived by her children Linda (Michael), Richard (Maureen) and Mark (Susie). Cherished grandma of 4 grandchildren and great-grandma of 4 great-grandchildren. Margaret will be sadly missed by her sisters Alice Goodwin and Phyllis McAnally. Predeceased by sisters Eileen, Dorothy, Elizabeth and Irma, and brother Ulric Jr.
After creatively raising a family as a military wife, she attended Ottawa University and achieved a PHD in Art History, after which she was curator of the Heritage House Museum of Smith Falls. She was an avid gardener, accomplished pianist, artist and sculptor. She made her house a home to her pets and welcomed the family for numerous celebrations. Many family members have one of her beautifully hand sewn quilts. Margaret was a voracious reader and loved puzzles.
Many thanks to her devoted and dear companion Denise Marlay, her loyal caregiver for many years and who was vital to her wellbeing. Sadly missed by her long-time friend Nick Brooks.
A Graveside Service at Kemptville Union Cemetery will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to Bayfield Manor Auxiliary or a charity of one’s choice.