Nita Marie Ledingham passed away peacefully on July 19, 2013. Nita was born Jan. 5, 1921, in Helena, Mont., to Walter and Marie Buor.
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She was preceded in death by her husband, J.G. "Jack" Ledingham, her parents and two brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Darrel) Williams; grandson, Chad Pendley; granddaughter, Kathryn (James) Elam; great-grandchildren, Derek Pendley, Kasandra Pendley, Blake, Reid and Tyler Hughes; and her closest and dearest friends, Bert and Betsey Sharp, and Francis Erickson.
The Ledingham family arrived in Fairbanks on July 15, 1953, after driving up the Alaska Highway in a 1951 Pontiac. It was quite the road trip.
Nita's joy in life was gardening. At one time she had 110 geranium plants, which went outside in the summer and indoors for the winter. That was a chore! She was known as "The Tulip Lady." She started planting tulip bulbs some 30-40 years ago and they came back up every year. Many years ago, one of the ladies in the local garden club told her that tulips would not survive our winters, but she certainly proved her wrong. The tulips multiplied every year. She was very proud of them.
Nita also enjoyed camping and fishing. She and daughter, Sharon, and grandson, Chad, made many camping excursions down little side roads and had great fun, especially in seeing where the end of the road led. She also enjoyed flying around the state with her husband, Jack. He had a SeaBee and the family would take off to go fishing or just see the sights.
Nita's family would like to thank Hospice of the Tanana Valley for their compassionate care and help in her final days. Memorial contributions may be made to this wonderful organization in Nita's name. There will be no services as Nita's wish was to be cremated and planted among her beloved tulips.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 28, 2013