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Leta "Dee Dee" Cribb Ulmer
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Birth: Jan. 22, 1918
Pleasant Hill
Georgetown County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 15, 2011
Georgetown County
South Carolina, USA

Leta Cribb Stearns Ulmer, of Georgetown, died June 15, 2011.

Mrs. Ulmer was born January 22, 1918 in the Pleasant Hill Community in Upper Georgetown County, a daughter of the late Richard Luther Cribb and the late Lottie Olivia Cribb.

During her younger years, she was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, of which her great-grandfather Richard Cribb was the first pastor. Her uncle Wes Cribb gave the land for the present church in 1952.

In 1937, the family moved to Georgetown, where Mrs. Ulmer graduated from Winyah High School. She was employed with Atlantic Seaboard Coastline Railroad, working in Georgetown, Charleston, Columbia and Sumter. She later worked at International Paper Company and retired as executive secretary to the director of the City of Georgetown Utility Department.

Leta was first married to Howard Stearns. For short intervals, the couple lived in Bay Minette, AL and Statesville, NC, where her husband was employed with International Paper Company. During their marriage, the couple restored Mrs. Ulmer's family home on Prince Street to its original beauty. The home where she lived for over 72 years is now believed to be the oldest house in Georgetown. One of her greatest pleasures was her home and welcoming friends to it. Mr. Stearns died in 1982.

Later a storybook relationship unfolded when Spencer Ulmer, a sweetheart of Mrs. Ulmer's from the Depression years returned to Georgetown in hopes of finding her alive and well. The couple met when Mrs. Ulmer was a teenager. Mr. Ulmer came to Georgetown to work at the Civil Conversation Camp, a part of President Theodore Roosevelt's New Deal Program. The couple fell in love, but feeling she was too young to marry, the couple went separate ways. In 1983, that love was rekindled and the couple married. They shared her love of living in the South and his love of his home in Arcadia, Michigan. Mr. Ulmer died in 1991.

Through the years, Mrs. Ulmer helped care for her youngest brother and several sisters during times of illness and was the backbone of the family when her older sister, Maylees, was murdered in 1951.

Following in the footsteps of her mother, her kitchen was always open to those in need of a meal whether at her table or food delivered to those unable to come to her table.

Mrs. Ulmer's Christian faith was very important to her. She was a devoted member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school, Training Union, and Girls Auxiliary. She was a member of the Adult Choir and later the Joyful Singers. She was also a member of the Women's Missionary Union and the Young As Ever group at the church. At the time of her death she was a member of the Esther Fidelis Ladies Sunday School Class.

As a member of the Georgetown Historical Society, Mrs. Ulmer helped promote the history of the third oldest city in the state. She enjoyed playing bridge and, being an artist herself, she was involved in the art community in the city.

Although Mrs. Ulmer never had children of her own, she considered her nieces and nephews to be her children.
Affectionately called "Dee Dee," Mrs. Ulmer is survived by two nephews and two nieces who helped take care of her, William Edward "Eddie" Oliver and wife Nancy of Surfside Beach and Richard Curtis "Dickie" Oliver and wife Helen of Georgetown, Cammie Cribb Steele of West Columbia and Vickie Cribb Tompkins of Georgetown; and one other niece and four nephews, Sylvia Cribb Kirby (Stewart) of Hudson, NC, Gerald Cribb (Vicki) of Douglasville, GA, Larry Cribb (Mary Sue) of Branchville, VA, Jerome Cribb (Jan) of Clemson, and Mike Cribb (Ann) of Walterboro. Mrs. Ulmer is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews, as well as great-great nieces and nephews and a cousin she thought of a as sister, Corrine C. Ray.

Mrs. Ulmer is predeceased by two brothers, the Rev. Luther Gerald Cribb and Lloyd Bradley Cribb; five sisters, Maylees Coker, Geneva Oliver, Edith Baxley, Edna Cribb, and Virginia Taylor; and two nieces, Anne Oliver Brown and Jeanette Oliver Thomas.

Funeral services will be held June 18, 2011 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ted A. Sherrill, the Rev. Keith Wall and the Rev. John W. Casselman officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. 
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  Bion Spencer Ulmer (1916 - 1991)
  Howard A. Stearns (1916 - 1982)*
*Calculated relationship
Elmwood Cemetery and Annex
Georgetown County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Just another taphophile
Record added: Jun 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71478329
Leta Dee Dee <i>Cribb</i> Ulmer
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God bless you always Mrs. Ulmer as you now rest in Heavenly peace always ~ you will never be forgotten.
- Lisa
 Added: Jun. 16, 2011

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