2006-06-01 / Obituaries

Ira D. Ketcham, 76

Ira D. Ketcham, 76, of Jamestown died on May 25, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of the late James B. Ketcham for 52 years.

Born in Weston, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Mary (Hart) Davisson and George Izard Davisson. She was a graduate of the Baldwin School and Chatham College (Pennsylvania College for Women), where she was president of her class both junior and senior year. She was also a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

After college, Mrs. Ketcham moved to New York City and worked for the Worthington Minor Television Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Ross Reports. She married James B. Ketcham in 1953. She also was real estate agent for Burr and McAuley, and later in life, she was a fashion consultant for the Doncaster Corporation. Mrs. Ketcham was a resident of Lawrence, N.Y., for 36 years before retiring to Jamestown in 1996. She was an avid lover of the American musical theatre, and gardening. She was a member of the Jamestown Garden Club.

Mrs. Ketcham was a devoted wife and mother. Besides her twin sister Bruce Hart Randolph, she is survived by her son, George Bonbright Ketcham of Newport; three daughters, Laurie Camden Ketcham of Jamestown, Susan Ketcham Coffin of Manchester by the Sea, Mass.; and Brucie Ketcham Donahue of Northfield, Vt. In addition, she is survived by sons-in-law, Lloyd H. Coffin, III and Thomas M. Donahue; a daughter-in-law Mimi D. Ketcham; and grandchildren Benjamin Bonbright Coffin, Sarah Camden Coffin, James Tredwell Donahue, and Catherine Bruce Donahue. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, William Tredwell Ketcham Jr. of New York, N.Y. and Lawrence, N.Y.

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