Ora went to be with the Lord on December 22, 2020, at Cox Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She was born on October 14, 1929, to William (Bill) and Inez Hill. She was the fourth of eight children. Ora was born and raised in Checotah and attended school at Central High. In 1947, she met and married Omer (“Dune”) Ledbetter Jr. In 1948, they had a daughter, Gwendolyn Sue. A short time after that, they moved to Ohio. They stayed there for two years and came back to Oklahoma for a while. Then, Dune and Ora, along with Ora’s sister Cora and Cora’s husband Ed Chronister, moved to Fresno, California. Ora went to work for Sun Service, a dry cleaner, where she learned to take out spots and stains. She was the spot queen! She then went to work for Vendo as a spot welder. They made vending machines. She worked her way up to the office and worked there until 1969, when she and Dune moved back to Checotah. She then went to work for Sharpe's Department Store. Ora loved her job and would say there wasn't a day she didn't enjoy going to work. She loved going to market and buying for the store. There was a special place in her heart for Luke and Logan and Sharpe's.
Ora liked to travel with a group of ladies, traveling to Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, Washington DC, and Switzerland, to name a few. Switzerland was her favorite because it was so clean and there was no trash anywhere.
Witnessing for the Lord was her favorite thing to do anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. She went to North Carolina to Billy Graham's retreat. She said it was a wonderful and amazing experience, so peaceful and calm. She and her girlfriend Wallie went to Mexico on a mission trip. It was a wonderful trip and Ora always said she would have liked to do more missionary work in her life. She also started Children's Church because there was none when she first started attending services at the First Baptist Church of Checotah.
She is survived by her daughter Gwendolyn Sue Dill of Checotah; her granddaughter Ashley Brooke Kuhn, and husband Jeff of California; her sister Lynda Killingsworth and husband John of Chandler, her brother William Hill and wife Anna of Bixby, brothers-in-law Bill Ledbetter of Checotah and Raymond Ledbetter and wife Charlotte of Broken Arrow, and sister-in-law Wanda Olsen and husband Gary of California, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Inez Hill; her husband Omer Ledbetter, Jr.; her sisters Nellie Davidson and husband Earl, Opal Dempsey and husband RG, Cora Chronister and husband Ed, Eloyese Smith and husband Jerell, and Delores Wadsworth and husband Cline; her son in law, Eric P. Dill; grandson Derick Omer Washburn; nieces Glenda Basden and Carrie Waldman, and nephews Cody Hughes and Jon Psaila.
A special thank you to Lorie Ebert and Sissy Lee for all the love and care that was given to Ora.
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