Our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Frances W. Edwards, 91, was called by the Lord Tuesday, September 24, 2013, while resting at her Elyria home with family. Frances was born January 5, 1922 in Kansas City, Kansas, where she later graduated from high school.
After high school, Frances married her late husband, Charles M. Edwards, and went to work building B-24 bombers during World War II, while her husband served overseas. She earned her BS degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois with a dedication to education. Frances taught at Wolf Branch School in Swansea, Illinois and was the librarian at Grant School in Fairview Heights, Illinois. In 1969, Frances moved to Milan, Ohio with her late husband and two youngest children, and became the librarian at EHOVE Joint Vocational School until her retirement in 1982. Upon retirement, Frances worked at the birthplace of Thomas Edison in Milan, until 2001, and then moved to Elyria to live with family.
Frances was an avid reader, often sharing teachings with loved ones and friends from her favorite Unity book, Daily Word. She had a passion for history and dreamed of one day writing a book with her middle child. Frances was a dedicated member of the Milan Lioness Club, a big fan of the Cleveland Indians, loved making crafts, painting, eating out, and enjoying a daily bowl of ice cream.
Frances was devoted to her family of five children, eight grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren, never forgetting a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or special occasion, and always sending a card with a personal handwritten message. She was an awesome cook and baker. She expressed her love and generosity by sending packages of homemade cookies to her family living across the United States and deployed in foreign lands. Frances was an amazing source of support and encouragement for the men and women in uniform. Her regular letters and care packages of cookies lifted the morale of her family and the fellow service members that were deployed with them. Frances’ love, kindness, support, dedication, and drive are an inspiration to her family and friends. These and many other wonderful memories will forever live in the hearts and minds of those who knew her.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Edwards (1978); brother, Robert Hoerning (1982); and sister, Nellie Packard (2005).
Frances is survived by her children, Charles R. (Sandy) Edwards of New London, Laura (Cliff) Hatton of Swansea, Illinois, Linda (Bob) Kostelac of Belleville, Illinois, Robert (Linda) Edwards of Laredo, Texas, and Mary (Brion) King of Elyria. Also surviving her are grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
The family requests the Hospice of the Western Reserve of Lorain County 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland OH 44119, for memorial contributions.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elyria.