Reverend Edwina Pote

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Pote, Reverend Edwina, was born February 14, 1936 in Denison, Texas ~ our "Valentine". She passed away June 26, 2014 in Grapevine, Texas. Edwina is survived by her 4 children, 11 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren; Brenda Colvin and husband John of Southlake, TX, David Pote and wife Jana of Wichita, KS, Kevin Pote and wife Heather of Maize, KS, Darin Pote and wife Kim of Inman, KS. Edwina was preceded in death by her loving husband J.D. in 2008, her parents Jack and Dorothy Hughes of El Paso, TX, and survived by her only sibling Jackie Reynolds of Arlington, TX. After graduating Austin High School in El Paso, TX in 1954 Edwina attended The University of Texas in El Paso and Phillips University where she received a degree in Christian Education. Edwina and J.D. met at First Christian Church in El Paso, TX while J.D. served in the Army at Fort Bliss and were married on February 18, 1956 in El Paso. Their 1st home was in Stillwater, Oklahoma and moved to Wichita the summer of 1957 where they also made First Church of the Brethren home. Edwina's ministry began in her teens when she volunteered for a mission trip to Jamaica with her church and continued throughout her entire life. She served as the Youth Minister for Big Creek Church of the Brethren in Cushing, OK from 1956 1957, Director of Christian Education at First Church of the Brethren in Wichita from 1957 1963. Many summers were spent counseling the youth of the church at Camp Colorado. She became a licensed minister in 1985, and was ordained April 30th, 1989, where she was a pastor at First Church of the Brethren in Wichita from 1985 1998. Throughout her years of ministry Edwina was blessed to officiate many weddings, funerals and memorial services, each was a special celebration of life! Edwina was considered an official member of the Sedgwick County Fire Department from 1995 2002 as the Department Chaplain; she served in an unofficial capacity as the Chaplain for many years before being added to the official roster in 1995. Edwina was a Kansas Hospice volunteer for many years, where she initiated hospice rooms for families in several care homes in Wichita. She served on the Prairie View Board of Directors, in Newton Kansas from 1989 1998. Edwina worked in a sales management role for Heritage House, in Wichita for about 22 years. She enjoyed this position as she mentored and cared for her customers with compassion and love. Edwina answered the call for any and all who needed her gentle ear and her uncompromising wisdom. To her grandchildren "Nana or Grandma" loved nothing more than to attend any of their activities, spending any time she could with them ~ her encouragement, love and guidance showed through to each one of them! For the last 10 years of her life, Edwina lived with Alzheimer's disease. Although it stole her memory, it never took her faith, her love, or her sweet disposition. A celebration of Edwina's life will be held Saturday, July 12 at 2:00 PM at First Church of the Brethren in Wichita, 1103 N. Jefferson. Edwina was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, Nana, Grandma, dear friend, Pastor, counselor, mentor, teacher, servant who touched so many lives, she will be forever missed and treasured by all. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials in memory of Edwina be made to First Church of the Brethren in Wichita or The of America.

Published in The Wichita Eagle on July 6, 2014
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