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Edna M. Johnson

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Edna Mae Johnson

died peacefully on March 13, 2013 at Avon Health and Rehabilitation, Avon, Indiana. Edna was the second of ten children of Eva and Amos Chaney, Somerset, Kentucky on September 19, 1923. Her parents were involved in farming and her father, Amos was a Baptist minister. Edna married Russell B. Burch on January 27, 1945 in Butte, Montana where they resided a short time before moving to Caldwell, Idaho. In 1959 Russell and Edna moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she was employed by Emroe Sporting Goods and the C.H. Ellis Company. Russ and Edna had purchased a small campground close to Lake Monroe, Indiana where they enjoyed a semi-retired life of running their campground and fishing. They particularly enjoyed taking rides on their pontoon boat and entertaining their grandchildren. In 1988 they sold the campground and relocated to Lake Wales, Florida where they continued to enjoy a retired life of fishing. Russell died November 3, 1989, and Edna returned to Indiana.

On January 1, 1991, Edna married William Johnson and lived in Patricksburg, Indiana. Upon Bill's passing in March 2001, Edna moved to Brownsburg, Indiana. Edna and her younger sister, Josephine Preston purchased a small condominium. Due to declining health, the condominium was sold and Edna moved into Avon Health and Rehabilitation until her death on March 13, 2013.

Russell and Edna had two children, Phillip R. Burch, (currently of Boise, Idaho) and Judy Burch Wolny (currently of Brownsburg, Indiana). Edna came from a large and loving family. Growing up on a farm in Somerset, Kentucky, she often talked in an animated fashion about her childhood. She fondly remembered growing up with her brothers and sisters and how those experiences helped to mold her into a devoted Christian and unshakable devotee to family and country. She was preceded in death by her husband's Russell B. Burch and William Johnson; sister Beverly Joyce Chaney, brothers Amos, William, and Eugene Chaney. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Wolny, and son Phillip R. Burch; brother Gordon Chaney, sisters Josephine Preston, Pauline Dodd, Christine Hail, Shirley Meece; grandchildren Russell J. Burch, Andy Burch, Heather Renter and Jennifer McKane.

Edna was a member of the Eastern Star and member of Hope Community Church in Brownsburg, Indiana. At her request she asked to be buried next to her first husband of 45 years, Russell B. Burch. Visitation will be from 5-7pm Friday March 15 at Matthews Mortuary , Brownsburg, with additional visitation from 10am to noon Mon. March 18 at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home, Somerset, KY, with funeral services there at noon. Burial will be at the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Somerset, Kentucky. Contributions may be made to .

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 15, 2013
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