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Audrey V. LedbetterAge 68 of Kaneville, IL, passed away early Tuesday morning, November 17, 2008 at Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, following a valiant battle against multiple complications. Released on the wings of her family’s prayers, she passed away peacefully to claim the promise of her Savior.BORN / EARLY YEARSShe was born June 26, 1940 in Wayne County, Illinois, the daughter of James Virgil and Ina Lenora (Pennington) Cook.When Audrey was just four, the family moved to the Somonauk-Earlville area where she attended Somonauk High School. MARRIAGE & FAMILYIn 1957 she was united in marriage to Jessie B. Duncan and they made their home in the Kaneland Area. Audrey was blessed with three children, Patricia, Deborah and Lena. Audrey loved being a mother and homemaker and was involved with her children in Girl Scouting and Sunday School. She was especially fond of gardening and was famous for her bountiful strawberries. At home, the radio was always on as she loved listening to music and dancing. She made a home for her family and her mom, and together mother and grandmother tucked the girls in with a Bible verse and a prayer every night. In 1984, Audrey and Jessie parted ways and Audrey met Jerry Ledbetter. When they were married on December 12, 1985 a new life story began. Although Audrey felt "un-loveable", Jerry saw the true diamond that was Audrey and loved she and the girls with all of his heart. From the day they were wed, true love encircled them all. Audrey and Jerry began their new life in Kaneville. They both loved gardening and enjoyed hours in the sun planting in the Spring and harvesting in the Fall. They attended Victory Baptist Church, DeKalb, IL and together, they also had a "faith gardening" ministry that planted seeds of hope and love in the lives of many shut-ins and nursing home residents. They loved gospel music of every kind and often traveled to concerts and revivals. For all of the outreach she and Jerry shared, there was never any place like home and the care of her grandchildren. Audrey looked forward to babysitting, coloring with the kids and delighting in their laughter. Grandma always brought gifts with her and often (to their parents dismay) it was sugar!A soft spoken woman with a deep and patient faith, Audrey ministered most as a "sacred confidante" who listened much but talked little. SURVIVORS She is survived by her husband, Jerry of Kaneville, IL Two daughters:Deborah (Tim) Deutsch of Maple Park andLena (Greg) Lamore of Elburn: One step-daughter:Beth Keener andOne step-son:Jim Ledbetter, both of PhoenixTen grandchildren: Patricia’s: Jennifer (Chris) Reynolds Chance Joe Isham Jaclyn IshamDeborah’s:Pamela (Travis) JenningsJessica DeutschLena’s: AudrinaVeronicaOctaviaChristina andLorettaOne great-grandsonChance ReynoldsOne step-grandson, Adam Keeener.one sister, Edith (Roger) Ullmark of Lindenwood, ILone nephew, J.R. (Donna) Spoonmore andtwo great nieces, Amber and Holly Spoonmore.PRECEDED She is preceded in death by her precious daughter, Patricia Ann, her parents Virgil and Ina Cook, one brother, Elmer Cook and one sister, Stella Cook, one grandson, Michael John Deutsch as well as her mother and father-in-law, Gerold and Loda Ledbetter.VISITATION / FUNERAL Her visitation and funeral service will be held Thursday, November 20 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Friends may call from 10:30am until 11:45am A brief service will be held at 12 noon with private family interment services to follow at Kaneville Cemetery. The Rev. Eric Mangek, pastor of Victory Baptist Church, DeKalb will officiate.
Her visitation and funeral service will be held Thursday, November 20 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Friends may call from 10:30am until 11:45am A brief service will be held at 12 noon.
Private family interment services to follow at Kaneville Cemetery. The Rev. Eric Mangek, pastor of Victory Baptist Church, DeKalb will officiate.