Jeremiah Moses Ledington, Jr.
Nancy Elizabeth (Glass) Ledington
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In 1935, Sanders was made
a Kentucky "Colonel" by
Governor Ruby Laffoon
in recognition of his contributions
to the state's cuisine.
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CLAUDIA SANDERS HELPED THE COLONEL BUILD KFC
INTO AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Louisville, Ky. ~ January 1, 1997
of Shelbyville, Ky., who helped her husband Colonel Harland D. Sanders build the
world-famous Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain, died yesterday at the
age of 94. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hall-Taylor Funeral Home,
1185 W. Main in Shelbyville, Ky. Visitation is scheduled at the funeral home from
3:00-9:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3. The funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2:00 p.m.
at the First Christian Church, 400 Main St. in Shelbyville, with interment at
Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, next to her late husband.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations
to the First Christian Church of Shelbyville or to charity.
Claudia Sanders, a longtime Shelbyville resident, married Harland Sanders
in 1948 and worked closely with him until his death at in 1980 to establish and
promote what is today the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain.
Although Colonel Sanders developed his recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1939,
it was four years after his marriage to Claudia that the Colonel enlisted his
first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee in 1952. Mrs. Sanders worked with
her husband as he built KFC from two restaurants in 1952 to more than 600 in 1964,
when they sold the company. Today there are more than 9,800 KFC restaurants
in 73 countries. "We're deeply saddened by the loss of Claudia Sanders,"
said David Novak, group president and CEO of KFC and Pizza Hut.
"We could not have been the company we are now without Claudia's contributions.
Claudia's commitment to Kentucky Fried Chicken and her work as goodwill
ambassador inspired our franchisees and employees alike. We shall miss her."
When Colonel Sanders began franchising his successful Original Recipe®
chicken and cooking processes, he took to the road
to persuade restaurant owners to sell his chicken.
Mrs. Sanders often travelled with him and acted as hostess, wearing an
antebellum gown, while the Colonel cooked chicken in the restaurant kitchen.
Later they would circulate among the diners asking how they enjoyed the
chicken. Colonel Sanders once compared the way he and Mrs. Sanders prepared
his special blend of 11 herbs and spices to the complex company procedures
used today: "It boggles the mind just to think of all the procedures
and precautions the company takes to protect my recipe, especially
when I think how Claudia and I used to operate.
She was my packing girl, my warehouse supervisor,
my delivery person — you name it. Our garage was the warehouse."
When Colonel Sanders was on the road, Mrs. Sanders would fill orders for the
seasoning mix. She would prepare the day's orders, package them for shipment and
put them on a midnight train to franchisees. The Colonel would often speak of
"still seeing Claudia in my mind's eye, going down to that dark railroad depot
to put the spices on the midnight freight."
Mrs. Sanders was born Claudia Ellen Ledington
Sept. 7, 1902 in Knox County, Ky.
She married Harland Sanders on Nov. 18, 1948.
Both had children from previous marriages.
Mrs. Sanders was preceded in death by her daughter Billie Jean Johnson
and her granddaughter Deborah Lynn Johnson.
She is survived by a son, Elvis Ray Price, of London, Ky.,
and by four sisters and two brothers.
They are: Joyce Hunt, Shelbyville, Ky.; Rose Brown and Mary Holt, both of
Corbin, Ky.; Thelma Hetkowski, Detroit, Mich.; Robert Ledington
and B. F. Ledington, both of Corbin, Ky.
Mrs. Sanders was a member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville,
the Business and Professional Women's Club, and Daughters of the Nile,
Opelika Temple in Lexington. She served on the board of directors of Union College,
Barbourville, Ky., and Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken, Ltd. of Canada.
She was also an honorary chairwoman of the National March of Dimes.
Kentucky Fried Chicken Corp. (KFC), based in Louisville, Ky.,
is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain. Since its founding
by Colonel Harland Sanders in 1952, KFC has been
"America's Leading Kitchen For Convenient Meals,"
serving delicious, already-prepared complete family meals at affordable
prices to nearly seven million customers each day.
KFC is a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase, N.Y. (PEP).
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