Earlene Mae Tootie Ledford passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at age 90 at her home in Ridgeland Mississippi. She was born on January 12, 1927 in Bureau County, Illinois to Petrus and Louise (Billiet) Junis. She married Robert Dean Ledford on September 12, 1945 in Princeton, Illinois. They settled in Albany, Illinois where they started a business and their family grew to four sons. Earlene was active in local civic affairs holding offices in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Parent-Teacher Association among others. Later they moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi where, at an age older than some of her professors, Earlene entered the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating with a Masters degree in 1978. She discovered she loved teaching and became a favorite at Thames Elementary School in Hattiesburg. Not through with parenting, Earlene and Robert adopted granddaughters Katherine and Alana after the death of their youngest son Scott. Earlene finished out her civic involvement assisting wounded veterans through the Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart.
She is survived by sons Terry (Cozette) Ledford of Roswell, Georgia and Steven (Nelene) Ledford of Brandon, Mississippi, daughters Katherine (J.J.) Cuevas-Fuentes of Salt Lake City, Utah and Alana Ledford of Hattiesburg, Mississippi , grandchildren Jessica Bruce and Joshua Ledford of Brandon Mississippi, Andrew Ledford of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mark Ledford of Roswell, Georgia, and numerous great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband Robert Dean Ledford, children Joseph Kent Ledford and Scott Alan (Elizabeth Hays) Ledford, sisters, Ida Junis and Katherine Sheckler, and bothers Thomas Junis, Louis Junis, William Junis, Raymond Junis, Lawrence Bud Junis, and Marvin Junis.
A memorial service celebrating Earlenes life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 509 West Pine Street, Hattiesburg, Mississippi on June 3, 2017 1 P.M. with visitation from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. and interment at Highland cemetery Hattiesburg at 2 P.M.
Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors.
Published on  May 17, 2017