Ledgerwood / Matthews

Lucille Grace Ledgerwood

Lucille Grace Ledgerwood, 75, of San Diego passed away Monday, Oct. 2, 2006. She was born Aug. 1, 1931, in Los Angeles. Lucille and her husband, Marvin "Howard" Ledgerwood, who passed away Feb. 5, 2004, lived in Kingman for 28 years, from 1976 to 2004.

Lucille worked as a registered nurse in Merced, Calif., in ICU for Mercy Hospital for 18 years. She and her husband then relocated to Kingman (along with two of their four children). Lucille, known as "Lucy," then worked at Kingman Regional Medical Center for 17 years as an R.N. in ICU, head nurse in surgery, then in the emergency room until she retired in 1993. Lucille and Howard retired to their ranch outside Kingman until Howard passed away in 2004. Lucille then moved to San Diego to live with one of her sons until she recently passed away.

Lucille is survived by one daughter and three sons, Margaret Ledgerwood of Sparks, Nev., Paul of San Diego, Jim of Prescott Valley and Steven of Nebraska. She is also survived by two brothers, Richard Davis of Temecula, Calif., and Willard David of Missouri. Also, she leaves seven grandchildren, Kim Phister, Michelle Ledgerwood, Melissa Ledgerwood, Sara Ledgerwood, Heather Ledgerwood, Paula Ledgerwood and Jasmin Churchill; and two great-grandchildren, Shayla Phister and Ashly Phister.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at First Southern Baptist Church of San Diego, 4353 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92103.

Her final resting place will be Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by El Camino Sorrento Chapel Mortuary, San Diego.

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Elmer Alan Matthews

Elmer Alan Matthews, 87, born of Leonard Theodore Matthews and Mabel Metzgar Matthews of Dormont, County of Allegheny, Pa., on Nov. 19, 1918, passed away at Kingman Regional Medical Center on Oct. 9, 2006.

He was the oldest of five brothers and one sister, Jack Roger Matthews, James Jacob Matthews, Harry Portor Matthews of Texarkana, Texas, Robert Matthews and Alice Matthews (Dick) of Salinas, Calif. Preceding him in death were Jack, James and Robert and his wife, Joan.

Elmer, with a degree in engineering, worked with Allis Chalmers Company of Milwaukee, overseeing the making, troubleshooting or fixing of turbines for U.S. Naval Ships during World War II. This kept Elmer living out of a suitcase for many years. Along the way he was married and had a son, Robert Alan Matthews, who now resides in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Due to the government's request for Elmer to work in many places for long periods of time, and being called out at any time, that marriage was soon dissolved. Elmer has two granddaughters, Robin Ann and Rochelle April; a grandson, Robert Alan; and two great-grandchildren, Michael Lee Tiffany and Chelsea Rose Tiffany.

Elmer met his wife, Joan Young, head of the Nursing Department of the Mount Carmel Hospital in Mount Carmel, Ill. They were married on Oct. 6, 1961, and celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2001 in Kingman. There were no children of this union.

Elmer, Joan and her parents moved to Kingman in 1962, where he purchased a little, rundown Laundromat on Andy Devine. With his creativeness, and being a go-getter, the laundry made money the first day he opened. An article in the Kingman newspaper stated that Elmer had purchased a whole railroad car of laundry soap, starches and rinsing chemicals. The laundry is still standing on the same spot today, which is down the street from the Silver Spoon.

Together, Elmer and Joan worked long hard hours, picking up laundry from all the motels, washing and ironing and returning the bedding and towels back to the motels. It was during this time that Elmer joined the Kingman Masonic Lodge No. 22, and a year later, Joan joined the Kingman Chapter No. 17 Order of Eastern Star. She decided that Elmer needed to join OES to travel with her as she moved up the ranks in Star. Elmer became a devout member of the Masons and of the Stars in Kingman and in Bullhead.

After they sold the laundry, Elmer became employed as a machinist for Arthur's Machine Shop in Kingman and helped many around the area with troubleshooting and fixing their water wells.

After losing his wife, Joan, in March of 2002, Elmer needed something to do with his time and joined the Kingman Regional Hospital Volunteers. He so enjoyed his work at the hospital, he would work on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays to give others the time off to be with their families at home. The hospital became his home away from home. His volunteer hours numbered way over 3,000.

He was a life member of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation; the Kingman Masonic Lodge No. 22 and Rough Ashlar Daylight Masonic Lodge No. 79; El Zaribah Shrine Club and York Right Foundation; a member of the Rainbow for Girls Grand Cross of Colors; and a member of Kingman Chapter No. 17 and Sunrise Chapter No. 60, Order of the Eastern Star, Bullhead City.

There will be a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, at the St. John's Methodist Church with OES and Masonic services. A light luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the KRMC Hospice or KRMC Volunteers Scholarship Fund, or to any of the many charities of the Order of the Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge or St. Jude's Children's Hospital of Boulder City, Nev.