She was born on Jan. 28, 1912, in the Rockholds Community of Whitley County, daughter of the late Jesse and Jennie McKeehan Jaynes. She was united in marriage to the late Peyton Caldwell whom she married on Sept. 2, 1933, in Corbin, Ky. She was a graduate of Williamsburg High School, class of 1930, and played as a point guard for the school’s girl’s basketball team.
Ardis was a homemaker and member of the Somerset First Baptist Church since 1949, where she was active in Girls Auxiliary (GA) and Sunbeams. A troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America, Ardis was also actively involved in the youth group at First Baptist Church, where she served many youth suppers.
Ardis is survived by two daughters, Patty Caldwell Ross (Ronald) of St. Marys and Jayne Caldwell Adams (Edward “Eddie”) of Frankfort, Ky.; one brother, Bill Jaynes of Rockholds, Ky.; five grandchildren, Becki Edwards (Alan) of Somerset, Ky., Patti Roach (Evan) of Louisville, Ky., Amy Adams of Avon Lake, Ohio, Debbi Moyer (Steve) of Georgetown, Ky., and Jay Ross of St. Marys; seven great-grandchildren, Holli Edwards, Daniel Edwards, both of Somerset, Ky., Noah and Hannah Roach of Louisville, Andrew McLaughlin of Avon Lake, Ohio, Sarah Moyer of Lexington, Ky., and Stefani Moyer of Georgetown; and four great-great-grandchildren, Chanler and Tyler Edwards, Audrei Kiser and Laci Hoskins, all of Somerset.
A service celebrating the life of Ardis “Babe” Caldwell was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the Chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory, with Bro. David Pendley officiating. Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. April 6.
Burial followed in the Tuggle Cemetery in the Mt. Zion Community of Whitley County, Ky. Pallbearers were the grandsons and great-grandsons.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the ALS Association, Development Department, 1275 K St. NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005 and Somerset First Baptist Church Youth Group.