Obituary – Alva Barton |

Obituary – Alva Barton

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento have lost one of their last true pioneers, whose family roots date back to 1846. Alva Barton died June 7, 2004, at Folsom Mercy Hospital, Folsom, Calif. She was 97.

Alva was born Sept. 6, 1906, at Weber Lake, Sierra Valley, Calif., where her father operated a dairy. She attended Carson Creek Grammar School in Sacramento and graduated from Sacramento High School in 1924. Alva spent her life between Folsom and South Lake Tahoe, where she operated a dairy.

In her early childhood, along with her sister, Fay Ledbetter, she delivered milk, cream and eggs in a wagon throughout the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Alva would have been 98 on Sept. 6. She was very proud to be able to donate the land and be part of the development of Barton Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her niece, Melba Mosher of Elk Grove, Calif., and nephew, William Ledbetter of Zephyr Cove; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Ouida Barton; her sister, Fay Ledbetter; and her foster brother, Jessie Riola. She remained in her home on the Barton Ranch in Sloughhouse, Calif., until her death.

Friends are welcome for visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. June 10 at Eastlawn, Andrews and Greilich Funeral Home, 3939 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. June 11 at Eastlawn Memorial Park, 43rd Street and Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Barton Memorial Hospital, 2170 South Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

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