Dad, Mom, Cathy (Woffinden/Fardanesh) and I were able to attend Aunt Edna's funeral yesterday. I've heard lots of Aunt Edna and Uncle Marvin stories most of my growing up life. We heard more fun stories yesterday at her funeral and couldn't help thinking about Aunt Melvina and Aunt Myrtle as well. What a fun bunch of ladies that could do anything...and I mean anything! As I listened yesterday to her children and grandchildren share their memories there were several little tidbits I remembered and wanted to pass along to you.
Aunt Edna was a strong LDS woman that loved a bit of tea every day except Sunday. She said she just didn't feel good about drinking her tea on Sunday. She ate 2 veggies with every meal. One of her most memorable quotes was "Hoe to the end of the ROW!" Never quit. Edna had beautiful gardens.
She loved to fix pancakes for everyone out the field, also wheat hearts with bits of bacon, all kinds of vegetables, especially zucchini. She baked gingersnaps and raisin oatmeal cookies. She loved to serve and especially feed people. She would say, "Let's have a bite to eat." And it was always more than just a bite! Her bishop said that last Christmas she was pleased to tell him that she had put up the Christmas lights by herself!
Her children said there must have been a very happy reunion in heaven as she was greeted by her husband, daughter that died very young and her son Steven that suddenly passed away a couple of months ago
She lived to be 101 years young!
Dad is referred to as Myron in this program. He opened the services with a beautiful, heartfelt prayer that included his love for family and the eternal sealing blessings of the temple.
Aunt Edna and Uncle Marvin used to take all their grandchildren to Flaming Gorge every summer for fishing trips and fun. Edna loved to fish!
After hearing all the stories I couldn't help but think of all the extended family members that had such a great influence on Dad as he was growing up. I'm sure Doreen and Gayle feel the same way. "Family is everything" Aunt Edna would say. And I agree.