September 10, 1923 - April 21, 2013 MIDWEST CITY Edna Viola Batson, 89, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at her home in Midwest City with her family by her side. Edna was born on Sept. 10, 1923 to Frank & Ruby Smith in Oklahoma City. She was preceded in death by her parents & her two brothers, Frank & Luther Smith. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Clifford; sister, Katherine Ledlow; two daughters, Barbara Cranford & her husband David & Debra Batson; son, Mark Batson & wife Norma; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren & two great-great-grandchildren. Raised in Oklahoma City, she graduated from Central High School & went to work for Dunn & Bradstreet. During World War II she worked as a civilian employee at Tinker Air Force Base. She married Clifford on March 4, 1946 & gave birth to her first two children before returning to work for the Armed Forces Reserves during the Korean Conflict. Soon after the birth of her last child, she went to work for the Internal Revenue Service until her retirement in 1979. She enjoyed reading, painting, traveling & most of all her loving family & friends. She also enjoyed being an active member of NARFE, where she held various offices over the years until her health began to fail. She was also very proud to be a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Tribe of Oklahoma. The family wishes to thank Hospice Quality Care for the loving care they showed to Edna. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her, until we see her again. Services will be held Saturday at 2:00pm in the Paylor Family Funeral Care Chapel.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 26, 2013