Luda Myers passed away at Mercy Medical center in Redding, Calif., Aug. 13, 2011, after a brief illness.
Luda is the daughter of pioneer farming family Bill and LaVerna (Wilcher) Bailey of Arnold, who have preceded her in death.
Luda is survived by Claris, her husband of 68 years; children Peggy Kite and Jim Myers; grandchildren Pamela Greer and William Kite; great-grandchildren Sidney Kite and Jared Greer; in-laws Bill Kite and James Greer; cousin Jackie Young of Callaway, cousin Sharon Savidge of Lincoln, Ardis Wilcher of Lincoln; and many precious friends collected through her 93 years.
Luda was born July 6, 1918, in a sod house on the edge of the Nebraska Sand hills near Arnold. She attended Arnold schools through high school, except for the eighth grade, which was spent in Phoenix, Ariz.
In 1943, she married Claris, a hard-working young man from Broken Bow, whom she had met at a country dance. With job opportunities in-hand, they moved to California with everything they owned packed into a 1940 Buick.
Their early years included residences in Needles and Bishop, and the addition of two children to the family. Luda and her young family came to Redding in 1952, and settled on a ranch near Anderson shortly thereafter. Over the years she was a mother, soul-mate, and help-mate of un-ending energy and commitment to her family, while contributing to the success of dairy farming, cattle ranching, and walnut orchard operations.
On her artistic side, Luda loved music, and learned to play the piano as a young girl. This talent provided entertainment for family and friends, and in later years, she learned to play the organ. She also served as President of Farm Bureau Women, and was a leader in the Lone Tree 4-H Club.
She and Claris acquired a pair of Belgian mules in 1986. Thus began a long history of wagon trains, county fair competitions, and development of many long-term relationships with the wonderful new friends she made while participating in this new-found hobby. She was loved whereever she went, and was always ready with a welcoming smile and a warm hand. She will be missed dearly.
A memorial service will be Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel in Anderson, Calif. A luncheon will follow for family and friends at the Anderson River Park Gazebo.
A second Memorial service will be held in Lincoln Sept. 18, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 70th and Old Cheney Road. A luncheon will be served, with a memorial service to follow.
Donations in-lieu-of-flowers may be sent to: 1) Anderson Historical Society, 2330 Ferry Street, Anderson, CA 96007 or 2) Friends of the Anderson Library, 3200 West Center Street, Anderson, CA 96007, for a Luda Myers memorial donation.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 25, 2011