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Letha Elnora Donaldson

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Letha Elnora Donaldson
(August 3, 1919 - November 28, 2010)

Letha Elnor (Diedrich) Donaldson was born August 3, 1919, on a farm 6 miles southeast of Marshall, Oklahoma, to Fritz Frederich (Fred) and Lela Ann (Nicholson) Diedrich. She lived on that farm with her parents until 1937, attending all eight years of classes at Pleasant Ridge School, and two years of high school at Marshall. Her parents purchased a farm seven miles west and one half mile south of Mulhull, and she moved there. A younger sister (Frieda Mae), was born in 1926, but died in infancy. Letha grew up on a farm during the Great Depression, and helped with the farm work, including operating a tractor and helping with the cattle and hog production.

She loved to attend the country dances and community gatherings of the time, and met her husband, John Donaldson, at one of these functions. She talked of going to see Gone With The Wind twice in the same day, the first with a girlfriend, then going with John to see it again that evening. After an eighteen month to two year courtship, they married in the Logan County Courthouse in Guthrie on September 3, 1939. During WWII, John sent home most of his pay, and she invested it in cattle for then to have upon his return.

In 1947 her parents moved to Marshall, and Letha and John moved onto the farm at Mulhull. Letha helped on the farm and worked as clerk for the Logan County Election Board at the LeBron/Rose Hill Township polling place, which as located at the Midway Store. They sold cream to Gold Spot Dairy in Enid, and Letha had a butter and egg route for several years in Crescent and Guthrie.

She was active in Homemakerís H.C.E. Club of Mulhull, and the Wimodausis H.C.E. Club of Marshall, for several years, and continued her love of dancing up into her late sixties.

Letha and John adopted three children, namely, John Ray, Kevin Dwight, and Teresa Ann, and raised their family the best they could with what they had, always having a garden and cattle to supplement Johnís paychecks.

Survivors include two sons, John Ray Donaldson and wife, Joyce of Orlando, OK and Kevin Dwight, currently residing in the Philippines; one daughter, Teresa Ann Schoepflin and husband Dale of Mulhull, OK; 10 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and her husband John.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, December 6, 2010 at the Abernathy Aaron Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the South Marshall Lions Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Abernathy Aaron Funeral Home in Crescent.

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