Obituary: Williams, Edna
Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
and friend met face to face with Jesus on the last day of March 2012.
Born August 6, 1917, Edna was the oldest child of Ezra Ruben and Marguerite Houghton Beedle, who were the parents of 15 children. Grandma Beedle went blind when Edna was 12 years old, so much of the child rearing for the younger children was left to her. She also worked beside her father in the cotton fields of Arizona. The family moved to Priest River, Idaho when Edna was a teenager. They built a cabin on 80 acres, which is still there, but falling down. Edna split all the shingles for the roof of the cabin. She had to quit school in order to help the family and worked in the Priest River and Newport, Washington areas.
Edna was mother to two children, Bill Williams, Jr. (Judi) of Liberty Lake, and Marlene Major (John) of San Jose, California. Five grand- children blessed her life-Wayne Williams (Terina), Karen Williams, both of Liberty Lake; Donna Brandt (Kirk) of Otis Orchards; Heather Crooks (Paul) Spokane Valley; and Michelle Meyer (Colby) Falcon, Colorado. Ten great-grandchildren carry on her legacy. Two sisters and three brothers as well as dozens of nieces and nephews also survive Edna.
Edna was a hard worker her entire life. Although Alzheimer’s disease plagued her later years, her face lit up whenever her son Bill or daughter Marlene visited her.
A family memorial for Edna will be held in May.
We will miss her but know she is now safe and no longer suffering.