Myrtle Edwards INDIAN LAND - Mrs. Myrtle Edwards passed away on June 4, 2014, at home surrounded by her family. She was born June 1, 1913, to the late Joseph and Stella Raymond in Newark, NJ. She left Newark when she met her husband Nicholas Alexander Edwards who passed away in 1976. She lived in Belleville, NJ for 32 years and then moved to Toms River, NJ. From there, she moved with her daughter Carol and son-in-law Dixie, to Indian Land, SC. During her earlier years, Myrtle spent much of her time driving for the Red Cross and being a nurse's aide for many families. She was the past president of the Ladies' Auxiliary VFW, Silver Holiday Auxiliary #10185. While living in Sun City, she enjoyed being a member of Chapter 3 of the Red Hat Society, the Mahjong Club and the Rummikub Club. She relished time with her great-grandson, Evan, making car scrapbooks, playing games, and reciprocating hugs and kisses. Myrtle loved people and people loved her. Wherever she went, she'd make new friends. She had a very kind and gentle spirit. In addition to her parents and husband, Myrtle is predeceased by her daughter, Joyce; seven sisters: Beatrice Stiles, Grace Cole, Doris Campbell, Harriet Smith, Bette Strand, Irene Davidson and Olive Raymond; and two brothers, Kenneth Raymond and Forrest Raymond. Her surviving family include: one sister, Carolyn Neuman of Minnesota; her son Raymond Edwards (Lary Cameron) (Shorty) of Baytown, TX; her daughter Carol Kiernan (Dixie) of Indian Land, SC, with whom she lived; and seven grandchildren: Tracy Mann (Chris), Dawn Billing (Rick), and Denise VanNess of NJ; Ted Allwood (Stephanie) of AZ; George Kiernan (Amy) of Lexington, SC; Daniel Kiernan (Leah) of Sumter, SC; and Ryan Kiernan (Andrea) of Bethesda, MD. She also had 13 great-grand-children. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on June 7, 2014, at Lady of Grace Parish House, 7031 Waxhaw, Indian Land, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to Hospice of Rock Hill, SC (https://27973.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298), to or to Sun City's Carolina Lakes Volunteers and Helping Hands.
Published in Charlotte Observer on June 6, 2014