Leona J. (Thompson) Eldridge passed away Nov. 2, 2011, in Bozeman at the age of 90.
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Leona was born Jan. 14, 1921, in Virginia City to Herbert and Harriett Thompson, the oldest of three children.
She married Lloyd Eldridge on June 23, 1941, and they lived in the Bozeman area all of their lives. She had a son Ron, daughter Jackie, and two cats who were the loves of her life.
Leona worked hard throughout her life. She was an excellent cook and worked in many restaurants and bakeries in the area including the Oaks Cafe, Western Café, Snappy Service and The Shanty. Her homemade pies were highly sought after. Locals from blocks around knew right when they came out of the oven and they were often gone in 10 minutes. She also worked as an aide in a local rest home.
Leona enjoyed cooking, sewing and crocheting. She was an avid reader until her eyesight became clouded by macular degeneration and then she listened to virtually every book-on-tape at the Bozeman Public Library.
Leona was preceded in death by her parents; two younger brothers, Hubert and Ben; and her husband, Lloyd.
Surviving relatives all living in the Bozeman area include her son, Ron Eldridge; daughter, Jackie (Chuck) Banta; sister-in-law, Carol Thompson; grandchildren, Stephanie (Scott) McLaren and Ron (Melissa) Banta; and great-grandchildren, Kirk and Garrett McLaren and Cyrus Banta.
A memorial service to celebrate Leona's life will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with interment to follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 6, 2011