Ruth Slocum Ledbetter, 85, of Boise, Idaho died Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Mrs. Ledbetter was born Dec. 15, 1920, in Rockland, Maine. She joined the U.S. Army Nursing Corps in 1942, and was assigned first to the South Asian Theater (China, Burma, India), then later to several troop transport ships, serving all around the world. She married Army Chaplain Carl Ledbetter. Following her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Army in 1961, the family moved to Redlands.
She returned to nursing at the California Department of Corrections in Norco where she worked in the alcohol rehabilitation ward later transferring to the Veteran’s Hospital in Loma Linda where she worked in the outpatient clinic for dug and alcohol abuse, retiring in 1992. She then volunteered for the Redlands Police Citizens Volunteer Patrol for 12 years, training new CVP members and conducted CPR and First Aid training for officers in the police department. She completed more than 12,000 hours of volunteer work and received numerous awards for her work.
She moved to Grass Valley in 2004, and continued her volunteer work with the Grass Valley Police Department for a brief time. In April 2006, she moved to Boise, Idaho, to be near her youngest daughter. She enjoyed traveling, visiting Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Alaska, and the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. She also enjoyed playing tennis, ocean kayaking, rock climbing, dancing and her dog, Scruffy.
She is survived by her children, Carl Sue Holte of Taylor, S.C., Dr. Carl Ledbetter Jr. of Denver, Colo., Charles Ledbetter of San Diego, Craig Ledbetter of Redlands, Candace Heidelberger of Nevada City, and Christa Ledbetter of Boise, Idaho; 21 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 1996; grandsons Naaman Ledbetter in 1998, and Joseph Nuxoll in 2000.
In lieu of services, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.
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