Edna Mae Redman Laws

Photo Edna Mae Redman Laws Edna was born November 17, 1918 in Savannah, MO, to Sandy Rucker and Mahalie Wilson West. She is preceded in death by her beloved spouses Clyde T. Crump, Ralph J. Redman, Charles Laws and Otis Olds; grandmother, Lizzie Wilson; adopted mother, Cora Williams; brother, George Rucker; sister, Carrie Rucker; nieces, Joanne Branch and Verda Rucker and great nephew, Norman Woods. Edna's mother passed away two days after her birth. She was raised by her maternal grandmother Lizzie Wilson, until she was adopted by William and Cora (Hardy) Williams. Edna married Clyde T. Crump in New Orleans in 1945. From that union, her first daughter Wanda was born. She and Clyde divorced and she and her daughter relocated to Portland, OR, where she found employment as a "Rosie the Riveter." She married Ralph J. Redman, a merchant seaman and moved to Eugene, OR. From this union, her second daughter Linda and sons, James and Michael were born. Edna and Ralph relocated to San Francisco in 1964, where she began her career at Mr. Zion Hospital, retiring in 1983. She received her training and certification as an LVN, and began her medical career at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, OR. Her strong commitment to human rights and advocacy was instrumental in Edna being the first Black woman and nurse to hold employment at Sacred Heart Hospital. After rising through the 'chairs,' she served as Worthy Matron, Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Grand Lodge. Edna was a civil rights activist for the black population in Eugene during the 1950s and 1960s. In San Francisco she and her best friend Willie Gause founded "The Women of Elegance" school of etiquette. Edna leaves her children Wanda, Linda (Philip) Stewart, James and Michael; grandchildren, Freddie (Angel) Muhammad, Che` Lynne` (Onsayo) Abram, Brian, Kim, Michael Redman, Jr., and Roxanne Redman; great grandchildren, Tahiyyah and Hanai Muhammad, Isaiah, Jayden, Bryan, Jr., and Michael Redman, II, and Naasir Abram; a grand niece, great grand nieces and a great grand nephew; adopted sons, Freddie Phillips and Derrick Dixon; and a host of extended family, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, and friends to mourn her passing. Edna was a very spiritual woman. Her first project upon moving to San Francisco, was the implementation of a child evangelism school called the "Good News Bible Club," an after school program for children, teaching them the word of God. Additionally, Edna was a member of St. Mark, AME and First Baptist Church, Eugene OR: a member of Macedonia MBC, Galilee MBC, and in honor of her best friend Willie Gause, she joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church, all in San Francisco, CA. In June 2003, Edna moved into the Carlton Plaza, an assisted living residential resort in San Leandro, where Edna made her peaceful transition to her Heavenly Father's house, May 1, 2007. Edna's motto in life was "God is in Control." A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 11, 2007, 11:00 a.m., HOLY ANGELS FUNERAL & CREMATION CENTER, 1051 Harder Rd., Hayward. Inurnment will follow, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 9, 2007