Edna Jean Garner, Iola, passed away July 24, 2013, at the beautiful and peaceful Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Mo.
Edna was born July 12, 1952, in Bakersfield, Calif., the daughter of Bennie Lee Williams and Lena Pearl Conger, Iola. She grew up in Iola, where she was a daycare provider for more than 30 years. Edna was also a foster mother to numerous local children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bennie and Lena. Edna is survived by her twin sons, Mitchell Garner, Iola, and Michal Garner, Overland Park; two adopted sons, Andrew and Michael Garner, Iola, and Jennifer Switzer, Overland Park; four grandchildren, Grace, William, Redford and Keegon Garner.
Edna was a member of the LaHarpe Ladies VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed cooking, camping, fishing, watching children play, decorating for the holidays and gossiping with her best friend, Linda Bartholomew, Iola.
Graveside funeral services will be Monday at the Iola Highland Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. with graveside viewing beginning at 9 a.m. Memorials may be sent to the Edna J. Garner Memorial Fund under the care of Waugh-Yokum and Friskel, Iola.
Edna’s family has provided the following poem to capture her love for children:
Forever in my heart
Although I’m not their mother
I care for them each day,
I cuddle, sing and read to them
And watch them as they play.
I see each new accomplishment,
I help them grow and learn.
I understand their language,
I listen with concern.
They come to me for comfort,
And I kiss away their tears.
They proudly show their work to me,
I give the loudest cheers!
No, I’m not their mother,
But my role is just as strong.
I nurture them and keep them safe,
Though maybe not for long.
I know someday the time will come,
When we will have to part.
But I know each child I cared for,
is forever in my heart!
— Author Unknown —
Edna, you too will forever be in our hearts!
Robert Guy Olney, Jr., 66, Fort Scott, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at Landmark Hospital, Joplin, Mo. Graveside services will be at noon, Tuesday, in Highland Cemetery, Iola. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m.... [More]
Alta “Allie” Tennyson, 44, Iola, passed away Tuesday at the St. Luke Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Potts Chapel, Independence, with Pastor Mike Adam of the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Independence,... [More]
Dietra “DeDe” McDown was welcomed into the loving arms of Our Lord on March 5, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Dietra was born Sept. 10, 1955, in Bresley Colo., to Ethel Hagan and Manford Carr. The family moved to Kansas in 1968. On May 3, 1977, she married... [More]
At a time when most mothers-to-be are shopping for infant wear and putting the finishing touches on their new babies’ rooms, Katrina Beatty, pregnant and alone, is in jail. Beatty, 37, was arrested Dec. 11 on drug charges and has been in the county jail since. Her baby,... [More]
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories on USD 257 schools. The series takes an inside look into USD 257’s facilities and sheds light on the problems the district faces.Dim, flickering lights illuminate crumbling plaster walls of Iola High School’s... [More]
Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli, Iola, is the definition of a growing business. Since opening its Iola location in 2010, the business has expanded multiple times. The market’s desire to grow helped earn it a Kansas Small Business Development Center Emerging Business... [More]
GARNETT — Burlington High’s Wildcats, one of the strongest girls basketball programs in the area, was on its heels. After the Wildcats rolled through the regular season with a 19-1 mark, then opened substate play with a 32-point romp over Anderson County,... [More]
GARNETT — It stands to reason that Iola High’s up-and -down season would boil down to an up-and-down substate championship game. That the Mustangs never blinked when their opponents from Anderson County opened the contest with a barrage of 3-pointers was... [More]