Bonita Ledford was born on Sept. 27, 1922 and passed peacefully on April 14, 2012 in San Diego, Calif.
Born Bonita Marie Lynch in Leadville, Colo., she followed the love of her life, a young marine named Leland Ledford, to San Diego and married him in 1943. They were married for 49 years and had four children including Ron Ledford of Mancos, ten grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, most of whom still live in the San Diego area.
Bonita had a 20-year career with the San Diego Padres. She sold hot dogs and popcorn at Lane Field and worked her way up to Office Manager for Eddie Leishman at West Gate Park. “Bonnie from the office” made it to the major leagues as Buzzie Bavasi’s secretary in the early years of Jack Murphy Stadium.
A celebration of her life was held in Lakeside, Calif. on April 20th. She is buried at El Camino Memorial Park, next to her Leland, who died in June of 1990.
Contributions in her memory can be made to Hospice of San Diego.