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In Memory of

Jessie D. Ledingham

October 14, 1924 - November 27, 2016

Obituary


Life story of Jessie D. Ledingham
Date of birth: 10-14-1924
Date of death: 11-27-2016
Pertinent childhood facts:
Jessie and her brother, George Leslie Ledingham, Jr. We're born to Scottish immigrants in Fort Worth in the early 1920's. The family resided in "Poly". Jessie and George graduated from Polytechnic High School. Both siblings danced Scottish sword dances at local festivals through their teenage years.
Marriage:
Following World War II Jessie worked briefly at the Fort Worth gas company before marrying Gordon Hazlewood and 1947 and starting a family. Jessie and Gordon had two girls, Deborah and...

Life story of Jessie D. Ledingham
Date of birth: 10-14-1924
Date of death: 11-27-2016
Pertinent childhood facts:
Jessie and her brother, George Leslie Ledingham, Jr. We're born to Scottish immigrants in Fort Worth in the early 1920's. The family resided in "Poly". Jessie and George graduated from Polytechnic High School. Both siblings danced Scottish sword dances at local festivals through their teenage years.
Marriage:
Following World War II Jessie worked briefly at the Fort Worth gas company before marrying Gordon Hazlewood and 1947 and starting a family. Jessie and Gordon had two girls, Deborah and Barborah. They both love boating and started married life living on Lake Worth. As the girls reached school age the family moved to the Monticello neighborhood of Arlington Heights where Jessie lived the rest of her life.
Interest/Achievements:
As a stay-at-home mom while her children were in school, Jessie was very active in their school's PTA, active volunteer, serving and almost all the leadership roles including president of North High Mount PTA. Jessie and Gordon and George square dancing and belong to the Whirl - Away Club in Fort Worth, dancing one or two weekends a month. Jessie also enjoyed golf and several leadership roles with the Sycamore Ladies Golf Association. Just learned Stock Market investing from her father and spent many hours charting and following her investments. One of her other hobbies was knitting and other forms of needlework which she passed down to her daughter's. She was also was involved in the camp fire girls group.
Jessie made it clear when her carpool days were over she intended to own a two seater sports car. True to her word, she started with an orange 1965 Corvette T-Top and went on to later own a white Nissan 280Z T-Top and finally a yellow Mitsubishi 3000GT. Jessie loved her sports cars but ironically avoided freeways/ highways as much as possible and never drove fast.
Employment:
Once her girls were out of high school, Jesse returned to the workforce as the bookkeeper for Art Holden's Cleaners and work there over 20 years before retiring.
Illness in her 80's forced Jessie to first an assisted living facility and finally to the Parkwood Skilled Nursing Facility. She loved bingo and all the facilities activities. Jessie became one of Parkwood's longest residents living there over 11 years.
Proceeded in Death:
Jessie was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, the Barborah, her brother George Leslie Ledingham III, and one nephew, George Leslie Ledingham IV.
Survived by:
Jessie is survived by daughter Deborah Hazlewood Stokes and husband John Stokes, grandsons Gregory Suggs and Christopher's Suggs and wife Shannon Suggs and great-granddaughter Samantha Suggs and niece Lori Ledingham and her son Jordan Montgomery.
Jessie was a very strong woman and quickly became a leader in all her endeavors. She was a good cook, responsible, hard worker, and intelligent. She was a wonderful daughter, caring for her mother in her final years. Long before that she served as the "neighborhood daughter" who cared for numerous elderly neighbors with no close family. She taught both her daughters to be independent, decisive, and to be take charge women. She will be remembered for being Scottish to the core and although very generous to others, unable to spend money on herself (except for a car). She had a quick wit and was the life of family gatherings. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered but the family takes a joy she has joined her loved ones in their Heavenly home and knows we will all be reunited one day.