Thelma Ledger

Thelma Freidin Ledger

Thelma Marie Freidin was born in Laredo on February 8, 1923 and died at age 91 in Springfield, Virginia, on May 20, 2014, after an extended period of frail health, during which she nevertheless remained active until the final weeks.
As a child and teenager in Laredo, Thelma was well known and admired for her
dancing, and she taught ballet. She graduated from Laredo's Martin High School and from the University of Texas at Austin as a journalism major. During college she wrote for The Daily Texan and worked as a secretary at the State Capitol. She married after graduation. Now Thelma Stone, she moved to Baytown, brought three sons into the world and also found time to write articles for the Baytown Sun. Thelma and her family moved to San Antonio in 1967, where she was the publicist for the San Antonio Symphony and later became the information director for San Antonio State Hospital's Mental Health and Human Services. One of her proudest achievements was her years of enthusiastic leadership as President of the San Antonio chapter of Women in Communications.
Thelma is survived by her sons, Paul, who now lives in Cerritos, California; Jimmy, who lives in Vienna, Austria; and Bobby, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as her grandchildren, Jamal and
Laila Stone, and daughters-in-law, Thanh Nguyen and Yasmin Khan. Together with many relatives and friends in South Texas, Northern Virginia, New York, Spain and elsewhere, they cherish her loving memory. Her parents were Stella Freidin (nee Rosenbaum) and Harry Freidin. Her brother, Sidney Freidin, died in Laredo in 2003. Her first husband, James C. Stone, lives in Charleston, WV. Her second husband, Gene Ledger, is deceased.
Thelma was known throughout her life, both personally and professionally, for her affectionate interest in other people, her compassionate open-mindedness and her love of lively conversation, thanks to which she was always stimulating company and an excellent interviewer. She was very proud of the two main sides of her cultural heritage, namely Mexican and Jewish. At the retirement community in Springfield, Virginia, where she lived from 2003 to 2014, among other activities, she founded a Spanish conversation group and a poetry club.
A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Thursday, May 29, at Greenspring Village, 7470 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA, 22150.

Published in Express-News on May 23, 2014