ERWIN – Marion G. Harris Ledford, age 97, of Erwin passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Governor’s Bend Retirement & Assisted Living in Erwin.
She was born August 9, 1921, the only child of George Reubin Harris and Alice P. Johnson Harris, Knoxville, TN, who were married on November 24, 1919. When only a young child her Mother passed away and for a time she was raised by her father’s sister, Aunt Jennie in Louisville, KY. Upon her Father’s marriage to Hazel Irene Rankins in Knoxville on March 1, 1930, Marion returned to Knoxville to live with her Father and Step-Mother Hazel, who was a loving Mother to her the rest of her life.
Marion’s Father and Grandfather lived by the Tennessee River and built barges near what is now Neyland Stadium, Home of the Tennessee VOLS. Mother was always a football fan and enjoyed watching games on TV. When the family moved to Kingsport, Marion attended and graduated from Sullivan High School. Her Father worked for Brooks Sand & Gravel, Kingsport. Due to his exemplary job performance, Mr. Brooks moved George and his family to Erwin to start a sand and gravel plant there.
Marion got a job at The Green Shop in downtown Erwin where she was working when she met her future husband, Paul E. Ledford. They were married March 7, 1942 in Erwin. They lived a short time in Detroit, MI where he worked for Detroit Sulphite Pulp and Paper Company. After moving back to Erwin, he enlisted in the Army and Marion and only child, baby daughter Patricia Ann lived with her Father and Step-Mother until after WWII when her husband returned. Marion and Paul celebrated 74 years of marriage before his death on June 25, 2016.
Marion worked several years at John W. Price Clothier in downtown Erwin before taking a job as bookkeeper at Erwin National Bank. For a short time she and Paul moved to Titusville, FL to be near her daughter and young family. She worked at a Titusville bank during this time. They returned to their home in Erwin and she was hired by Texas Instruments, Johnson City where she worked until her retirement. Of course her work never stopped because she was an excellent cook and loved sharing her dishes with family and friends. Everyone was always welcome at her door and she was always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed. Among her many talents she loved sewing, quilting, crochet and embroidery until arthritis in her hands made it too difficult.
When Paul entered Center on Aging and Health, Erwin in 2013, she went to live with her daughter Patricia and son-in-law James J. Sniatecki in Johnson City where she lived until moving to Governor’s Bend August 1, 2018. Marion was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend. Hers was always the voice of reason and her wisdom and sharp mind never faltered until her last days. She loved to travel with her family until her health prevented long excursions. The closeness shared by Marion and her daughter Patricia will be sorely missed. Believing God’s Plan for her on this earth was fulfilled, He called her home where there is no pain or sorrow, only Love and Everlasting Life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosover believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life.” John 3:16
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter, Patricia Ann Ledford and husband, James John Sniatecki; grandchildren: Richard Paul Bowman and son James Paul Bowman, Angela Layne Bowman Kobelin and husband, Joel Kobelin, John W. Sniatecki, wife Erin and daughters, Saylor and Isabelle and Dean Sniatecki.
Marion was very appreciative of her son-in-law, Jim for his devoted care and love over the years. The family would like to express their gratitude to the many friends who loved her and showered her with their gifts of time, flowers and her favorite – chocolate! The staff of Center on Aging and Health, Erwin, where Marion recovered from hip replacement. The staff of Governor’s Bend Retirement and Assisted Living, Erwin which became her home one year ago. The tender loving care she received made her feel very special, as a member of a much larger family. As the years took their toll on her body it was a welcome relief the last days to have Unicoi County Hospital and Amedisys Hospice and their staff see that her every need was supplied. Chaplain Karl sang to her and prayed the sweetest prayer her last day on this earth, which we felt sure she was aware and loved every word. Thank you to Chaplain Steve who sat and prayed with the family. Also Sentinel Homecare for providing sitters along with the loving care of the staff at Governor’s Bend. Their kindness to the family during this difficult time will always be remembered and so appreciated.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service on Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Steve Rice will officiate at the 1:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Ledford family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com
Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Ledford family. (423) 743-1380.
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