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Obituary of Ruth Edwards
Ruth Aldine “Dena” (Loyd) Edwards was born in St. Clair County, Missouri, on March 16, 1931 to Joseph Leonard and Edna Josephine (Callahan) Loyd. She was the youngest of five children, and the only daughter. She grew up on the family farm, near the Osage River until the farm was sold and the family moved to Clinton. She attended school in St. Clair County and Clinton.
During her teen years, she was employed at The Burger Bar and City Café in Clinton, where she worked with her mother. Later she would be employed by Clearfield Cheese Company/Schreiber and retired from there after thirty-one years of service. She made many dear and life-long friends at Clearfield and later helped to organize yearly Clearfield reunions, which she greatly enjoyed. She was a member of Parks Chapel Baptist Church in rural Henry County, MO and also Northeast Baptist Church in Clinton.
Dena was mother to three children—Kenneth Easter, Cindy (Edwards) Curry and Garland “Rowdy” Edwards, but was known to throw extra plates on the table for any of her children’s friends. She is fondly remembered by many of these friends.
Her family was always her first priority and she belonged to the large, extended Callahan and Loyd clans. She greatly enjoyed working on and attending yearly reunions of these two families and also the Clyde Callahan reunions. She had numerous cousins and great memories of growing up with them in the country.
Dena had not only green thumbs, but eight green fingers to go along with them. She always had flowers planted all around her homes and grew a vegetable garden every year until moving to The Arbors in 2015. She was constantly sharing “starts” and seeds with friends and family and her children knew that her favorite gifts were flower bulbs, seeds and seedlings and those were usually her Mother’s Day gifts.
She was a voracious reader, favoring Louis L’Amour books and biographies and loved cross-word puzzles, jig-saw puzzles, board games and card games. She was always up for a fishing trip or a hike, as she loved being outdoors. Later in life, Dena was able to travel more and developed a love of that. She enjoyed taking trips sponsored by her bank all over Missouri.
Dena loved holidays and was a talented cook. She enjoyed putting on dinners for her family and her homemade candy was famous. She loved decorating her homes for the holidays and sending out Christmas cards to friends and family, always including long letters in each.
Dena passed away peacefully on the night of March 26 at Holden Manor, where she had lived since the previous September, with her family spending her last days with her and listening to her favorite music and the reminiscences of her family and in the loving care of the staff at the Manor and of Great Lakes Hospice.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers and their wives—Raymond and Maxine Loyd, Ottumwa, Iowa; Curtis and Bonna Loyd of Deepwater; Wallace and Toby Loyd of Clinton and Maxell and Mary Loyd of Clinton, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth Easter and wife Connie of Clinton; Cindy Curry and husband James of Holden, MO; and Rowdy Edwards and wife Theresa of Clinton. She also leaves behind her precious five grandchildren, Mark Easter and wife Whitney; Devin Easter and wife Tracy; Nicole Higgins and husband Mark, Anthony Golden and Robert Curry and the light of her last years, her great-grandchildren, Colten Crowder, Brenna, Logan and Frank Easter, Drake, Luke, Noa and Max Higgins; as well as numerous family members, friends and church family.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Interment will be in the Peaceful Home Cemetery, Finey, MO. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., just prior to the funeral service. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Peaceful Home Cemetery Association, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.