Edna Archibald Lewis, 92, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Madison Memorial Hospital following an infection.
Edna was born Aug. 19, 1920, in Teton, Idaho, to Thomas Loosli and Emma Loretta Moss Archibald. Growing up in Teton, Edna worked for area farmers and also cleaned houses to earn money for her clothes and schooling.
She loved church and school dances and swimming in the canals around her home. Edna spent her freshman year of high school living in Lomita, Calif., with one aunt and uncle to help them with their kids and often talked about her time there. Edna returned home for her sophomore year of school at Madison High School in Rexburg, and there met her high school sweetheart, Archie Hill Lewis.
They married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on Aug. 28, 1940, and made their home in Rexburg for the rest of their lives. While her husband was away during World War II, Edna found work at a local seed house to help support her and their first child, and continued working at jobs even after Archie returned because she loved to work.
Years later, Edna became a beautician and opened up the Carousel Beauty Shop in front of her house. She would end that part of her life after the Teton Dam Disaster destroyed both her house and beauty shop.
In 1986, Edna lost her companion, Archie, and missed him for the rest of her life. She often spoke of the dances they had attended as teenagers and the trips they had went on as adults.
Edna loved playing bridge with her many friends, and they continued their "Bridge Club" as they grew old at the Rexburg Senior Citizens Center.
Edna's health remained strong through the years and was able to live by herself up to the last day of her life with a little help from her family. She carried a witty personality to the end that will be the most remembered trait about her.
She is survived by her children, Darrell (Jeneane), Roger, Randy (Lori) and Deborah Ann (Copper Chadwick); 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Deward, Wendall, LaMar and Garl; sisters, Elma, Loretta Rose and Garl; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Rexburg North Stake Center. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be in Teton-Newdale Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent online to www.flammfh.com.