Patsy Joyce Ledbetter of rural Dupo, Ill., passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home from an acute myocardial infarction on Aug. 13, 2016.
She was born on Sept. 4, 1935, in Graves County, Ky., the daughter of Patrick Henry Folks and Mary Novella Folks, nee Mullins, both of whom preceded her death. In the latter 1930's, she moved with her parents to Miami, Fla., where they resided until the early 1940's, at which time her family returned to Wingo, Ky. She was the salutatorian of the Wingo High School Class of 1953 and voted by her classmates at "Most Intellectual." She completed a baccalaureate degree in music education at Murray State University in 1957. Her educational accomplishments also included the completion of a Master of Science degree in education. In 1957, she relocated to Southern Illinois, where she began her education career.
On July 24, 1960, she married school administrator, Robin Franklin Ledbetter, who preceded her in death on Sept. 14, 2011, after 51 years of marriage.
She is survived by her daughter, Janee Marie Dobson, nee Ledbetter, a certified public accountant, and grandson, Noah Dobson of Urbana, Ill. Additionally, she is survived by her son, Frank Robin Ledbetter, attorney at law, daughter-in-law, Rosaleen Mary Ledbetter, nee Baggot, granddaughter of Marissa, Joy Ledbetter, and granddaughter, Veronica Rose Ledbetter of Ladue, Mo.
She was employed as a teacher by the Dupo School District from 1983 until her retirement in 2001. Up until her death, she continued to regularly teach piano students, including her granddaughters, and volunteered at her son's law practice. For many years and up until her passing, she was the organist for the Dupo United Church of Christ, where she was a long-time member.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Christ United Church of Christ with Rev. Todd Muschaney officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Good Hope Cemetery in Hardin County, Ill.
LEESMAN FUNERAL HOME, Dupo, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 18, 2016