Mary Loretta Ledford Ellis


Mary Loretta Ledford Ellis, 88, of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in a local hospital.

She attended Mt. Springs Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Alice Ledford; stepdaughter, Sandra Lee; grandson, Richard Dale Woody; and siblings: Max Ledford (Helen) and Lorene Toomey (J.D.).

Survivors include her children: Randy Woody (Mary) of Old Fort, Byron Woody (Anne) of Cleveland and Marvin Woody of Cleveland; grandchildren: Tamera Lanning (Jeff), Randa, Tim Trantham; Ashley Bennewitz (Ty), Emily Lorenzano (Nick); great-grandchildren: McKenzie, Emily and Tucker Lanning, Casey Trantham, Alexander and Landon Lorenzano and Willow Bennewitz; and special friends: Katherine Carver, Margaret Swafford and Drucilla Taylor (niece).

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in Dill Cemetery with Marty Woody, Robert Taylor, Doug Carver, David Swafford, Benny Burris and Russell Bishop serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

Her family will receive friends on Thursday, from noon until 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Ellis family guestbook at


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