1915 Leta Mae Sherman
Born: January 17, 1915 at Afton, NY
Died: June 7, 1974 at Sidney, NY
She is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge NY.
Her father was William C. Sherman
Her mother was Helen Mae Snedeker
She was married May 10, 1936 to Ralph Elliot Axtell
at the Baptist church in Bainbridge, NY. They had four children:
Yvonne Alice Axtell born Oct. 12, 1944 in Biloxi, Miss.
Betty Jean Axtell born Nov. 30, 1946 in Bainbridge, NY
Mary Louise Axtell born Aug. 31, 1951 in Bainbridge, NY
Carol Ann Axtell born Apr. 3, 1955 in Bainbridge, NY
The photo shown at right is Leta on her wedding day in 1936.
Here is some information received from daughter Yvonne:
"My mother went to work as a 'hired girl' after her freshman year
of high school. She went to live with Charles and Eva Scudder in
North Sanford (NY). They had a general store there and needed
help with the household. The couple had no children and my mother
was like a daughter for them. I have a picture of her outside of
their house in North Sanford. The relationship lasted throughout
the rest of their lives. We knew Eva as "Aunt Eva". The couple
had moved back to Albany by the time I arrived. I can remember my
mother and I going by train to Albany to visit Eva. Growing up we
made trips to visit the brownstone on Jay Street where she lived."
Info from obituaries and family members; research by Millie Lockwood.
In the family photo shown here, Leta is in the middle row:
Here is a photo of their four daughters,
(L to R) - Yvonne (Vonnie), Mary, Carol, and Betty.
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