Zelda Regina Edwards Patterson Leavelle, 87, died April 14, 2005, in Corvallis, Ore.
Leavelle was born May 12, 1917, in Callahan, Texas, to J. Murry and Ima Edwards. When she was six months old, she moved with her parents and an older brother, Robert Clifton, to a homestead farm in Ruth. She attended school in a two-room school house until her family moved to Clovis, where she graduated from Clovis High School in 1934.
She married Roy Thomas Patterson on June 2, 1934. The two moved to Colorado in 1948 and were leaders in the local 4-H club.
When her husband died in 1957, she moved back to New Mexico. She worked as a dispatcher for the Clovis Police Department while she attended business school and became a billing clerk for Farmers Electric Cooperative after completing school.
She married W.A. (Bill) Leavelle in 1964. When her husband died in 2000 Leavelle moved to Oregon to be with a daughter.
Leavelle’s hobbies included painting, sewing, crocheting, knitting and gardening. She was a member of Baptist churches until she was 18 and a member of Methodist churches for 68 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a daughter, Shirley Regina; and a brother, Robert Clifton Edwards..
She is survived by two sisters, June Locknane of Clovis and Pearl Glidewell of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, Murray (Pat) Edwards of Lakeland, Fla.; and three daughters, Bobbie (Will) Holsberry of Corvallis, Carolyn (Lew) Mengle of Lititz, Pa. and Rita (Wayne) Mitchell of Rowlett, Texas; seven step-children; 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Wayne Salguero will officiate services. Burial will follow at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation by friends and family may be made at Steed-Todd Funeral Home in Clovis on Tuesday until 8 p.m.
A memorial service will also be held at a later date at First United Methodist Church in Corvallis. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church in Clovis or First United Methodist Church in Corvallis.
Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.