Ann C. Leadbetter, 71, DAR member

October 08, 2006

Ann C. Leadbetter, a homemaker who was active in patriotic organizations, died of cancer Tuesday at her Chestertown home. She was 71.

She was born Ann Craft and raised in Holly Springs, Miss. She earned a bachelor's degree from Centre College in Danville, Ky., and studied at the Cincinnati School of Art.

Mrs. Leadbetter taught high school art classes in Ohio and Mississippi before coming to Queen Anne's County in 1963 as an elementary art teacher.

After her 1967 marriage to Frederick E. Leadbetter Sr., she ended her teaching career to raise her family.

Mrs. Leadbetter was a direct descendant of John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey, and was registrar of Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence -- an organization devoted to the promotion of the ideas expressed in the Declaration and perpetuating the memory of its signers.

She was a member of the Old Kent chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and had held offices in the local and state chapters of the organization. She was a member of Children of the American Revolution and had been a division president of Daughters of the Confederacy.

Other memberships included Daughters of American Colonists, Southern Dames of America, Colonial Dames of America, Dames of the Court of Honor and the St. Andrews Society of the Eastern Shore.

She was a communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her husband, a retired Queen Anne's County school principal, survivors include a son, Frederick E. Leadbetter Jr. of Chestertown.

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