Obituary of - Edna A. Anderson - (1888 - 1968)
Edna Johnson was born on 26 October 1888 in Chicago, Illinois, the fourth daughter of Jacob and Selma Johnson. She was educated in the public schools of Chicago, showed an early interest in music, and studied piano as a young girl. She was confirmed in the Lutheran Church. On 22 August 1914, she was married to Charles Anderson, who had moved to Chicago from a farm near Arthur. To this union two children were born, a daughter who died in infancy, and a son, Roger.
Having moved to Arthur in 1917, Edna took an active part in church and community affairs. She served in the Arthur methodist Church as organist, communion steward, church board member, Sunday School teacher for over twenty years, officers in the V.S.C.S., Vacation Bible School Teacher, and in many other church responsibilities. She became an active member of the Arthur Chapter of the Eastern Star and served as organist for many years. She was a member of the Arthur Library Board and conducted a children's story hour. She was local Good-will chariman for many years.
Edna's greatest joy in life was her association with children. Besides her Sunday School classes and children's story hours, it was a common sight to see little folks at her doorstep, visiting in her home, or playing in her yard. In later years her three grandchildren became her central interest and Valerie, Cindy, and Curtis spent many happy hours playing with Grandma. In 1959 Charles and Edna moved to Des Moines to be near to their son, Roger, and his family. In 1964 they quietly celebrated Fifty Years of married life characterized by deep mutual love and devotion.
Edna was a devout Christian throughout her life. She saw good in every human being and loved her associations with people. As her health failed in her later years, her spirit remained the same. She continued to inspire those around her and remained cheerful though her physical strength was waning.
She leaves to mourn her devoted husband, Charles, her son, Roger, and his wife, Naomi, her three grandchildrern, her three older sisters, Mrs. Hilma Burglund, Mrs. J. F. Peterson, and Mrs. Jul Carrillo, a number of nieces and nephews and many friends. Hers was a living philosophy of the poet's thought, "That which we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own."