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Obituary: Leona Totty Emberton, 93, co-founder of Cave Hill Motel in Edmonton

Leona Totty Embeton was born October 27, 1912, at Lecta, KY, in Barren County. She was the daughter of James Grover Totty and Kate Mayfield Totty.

She died August 3, 2006, in Frankfort, KY, where she had lived since September 1998.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clive Emberton, who died December 25, 1989, and a brother, James Edwin Totty, who was killed during World War II.

She is survived by the following:
  • A daughter and son-in-law: Wander Emberton Dimm and Melvin Dimm, Lexington, KY.

  • A son, James M. Emberton, Frankfort, KY

  • Four grandchildren: Elizabeth, David, Amy, and Totty.

  • Three great grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

  • A sister and brother in law: Frances Totty Wright and Dick Wright

  • A brother and sister in law: Billy totty and Marianna Totty.
She married Clive Emberton on September 16, 1935. They had a long and happy life together.They moved to Edmonton in 1939 and became pillars of the community.After owning and operating two car dealerships, they built Cave Hill Motel and opened it in the summer of 1954. They did all the work themselves , including renting rooms and cleaning. After Clive died Leona continued operating the motel and doing all the cleaning herself until she sold it in 1992 because of health reasons. The business is still in operation, though under different ownership.

She was a member of the Hoolly Hills Church of Christ in Frankfrot and a former member of the South Edmonton Church of Christ where she taught Sunday school for many years.

She is fondly remembered by everyone at South Edmonton, expecially by those she tuaht in class. She was a great lady.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm CT, Sunday, August 6, 2006, at Butler Funeral Home with burial in the Edmonton Cemetery.


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