The funeral of Leta Jean Ehrman, 95, of Lawrence, Kansas, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022 at the Warren-McElwain Leibhalle in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Leta died Monday, November 14, 2022 at KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, Ohio, where she moved in 2017 to be close to her son Radd and daughter-in-law Cynthia after spending five years with Brandon Woods in Lawrence.
Leta was born on April 15, 1927 in Burlington, KS to Henry and Reatha M. (Thorne) Ramsdell. A distinguished student throughout her high school years, she received a scholarship to Kansas University, where she enrolled in 1945. Within a year, she met her future husband, Richard, who always referred to her by her high school nickname, “Hank” (after her father Henry). Her children didn’t realize that Hank wasn’t a woman’s name until they grew up.
Leta lived in Lawrence for 70 years, from 1945-1957 and 1965-2017; he spent the intervening eight years in Fremont, Nebraska. After college she began her career as a secretary at the Mosser-Wolf film company Centron in Lawrence; After the family moved to Nebraska, she became secretary to the editor of the Fremont Guide and Tribune. When they returned to Lawrence, she became administrative assistant to the director of the fraternity at the University of Kansas until her retirement in May 1983.
Leta married Richard L. Ehrman on January 16, 1949 in Burlington, KS. Together they enjoyed an active life of golf, fishing, gardening and travelling. He preceded her in death on October 23, 1989, after which she continued to pursue her many interests, including gardening, reading, knitting, bridge, and investment clubs. She was heavily involved in the Church throughout her adult life, serving for many years in the Altar Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church; later she worked in the
Lawrence Bible Chapel and then at the Free Methodist Church (River City Church). She was also actively involved in community charity work and supported missionary work, particularly in Ireland and Kenya.
Leta is survived by her three children: Radd K. Ehrman (Cynthia), Kent, Ohio; Bart D. Ehrman (Sarah Beckwith), Durham, North Carolina; Kerry L. Yearwood (Kevin), Redding, California; of nine grandchildren, Kelly J. Ehrman, Peterborough, New Hampshire; Derek B. Ehrman, Raleigh, North Carolina; Crystalyn Brown, Dayton, Ohio; Victoria Weller, Davis, California; Stephanie Brown, Citrus Heights, California; Kimberly Brown, Boston, Massachusetts; Julia
Bruce, Kent, Ohio; Kaylie Ehrman, Kent, Ohio; and Miles Ehrman, Kent, Ohio; and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Donna Jo Myers.
The family proposes that monuments be donated to Habitat for Humanity in Leta’s name; these may be sent to Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.
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