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Leah Audra Stringer

Leah Audra Stringer

Our sweet, lovely mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and aunt, Leah Audra Stringer passed away Sunday, April 22, 2007 at the age of 96 at her home, Mt. View Retirement Center. Leah was born April 7, 1911 to Buelah and Lynch Curran in Springfield, Mo. Upon the death of her mother, she was adopted by Minnie and Will Dietrich. They moved to Idaho and then Glendale, California during Leah's elementary school years and then to Phoenix, Oregon where she graduated from Phoenix High School in 1930. She was recently honored as the oldest living alumnus.

On August 20, 1933, she married Ray C. Stringer at the Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, Or. and they spent their honeymoon at Lithia Auto Cabins in Lithia Park, Ashland. They were married for 58 years. Ray preceded her in death on December 17, 1991. Leah worked for Harry and David Holmes in the office after she graduated from high school and also worked at Newberry's Dime Store in Medford. She later learned to pack pears and worked many seasons retiring as a floor lady at Newbry Packing House. Her activities and hobbies included playing basketball, softball and tennis in high school and she was on a softball team in Ashland after they moved there in 1939. She was a member of the Bridge Club, Lady Elks, PTA, choir at the Congregational Church, usher at the Shakespearean plays and a member of Ashland Hospital Auxiliary and a sewing club. She also was a 50 plus member of Eastern Star Alpha Chapter I. Her travels took her to Branson, Mo., a cruise to the Mexican Riviera, and to her ancestor's homes in Ireland and England.

She leaves behind a son, Morris (Maxine) Stringer, a daughter, Sally (David) Everett, three granddaughters, Jeri (David) Gollob, Tracy (Ray) Kappell, Andrea (Corey) Anderson, two grandsons, Darrell (Robin) Stringer, Chad (Stephanie) Everett, twelve great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and their children.

In addition to her husband, Ray, she was preceded in death by her parents, Buelah and Lynch Curran, her foster parents, Minnie and Will Dietrich, her sisters, Mae Dietrich and Kathryn Stancliff and her brothers Dudley and Weldon Curran.

The family would like to thank her dear caregivers and Ashland Hospice for their wonderful care of her.

At her request no formal service is planned. A private Inurnment will be by Perl Funeral Home at Siskiyou Memorial Mausoleum. For those who wish, donations may be made to ACH Hospice or the Children's Advocacy Center in her honor. There will be a remembrance of her in the recreation room at Mountain View Retirement Center on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 2 PM. As Leah would say, "I'll see you in the funny papers."