Jauna Edwards (1935 - 2018)


Jauna Edwards died on Dec. 25, 2018, at Providence Horizon House in Anchorage, Alaska.
Born in Childress, Texas, on March 16, 1935, the only child of Carl Carpenter and Mildred (O'Daniel) Carpenter, she enjoyed a "sisterhood" with her aunts, Ellen and Juanita, and cousin, Nelta.
As her mother would say, Jauna shared with her father the middle name of "Go." She caravanned north to Seattle, Wash., with her parents, her first husband, Carl Manley Hall, and their two-week old son, Hal, in 1954. She and Hal followed Manley to Alaska "just for the summer" in 1961. That marriage didn't last, but her love for Alaska did. She married John M. Edwards in 1964, and soon welcomed a daughter, Nelta, and a son, Bryant. She and John were married for 51 years, until his death in 2015.
John and Jauna raised their children in Anderson, Alaska, where, she built a successful accounting and tax preparation business. Committed to education and women's empowerment, she also served on the school board and the local chapter of Business and Professional Women. Ever the attentive parents, she and John enthusiastically supported every activity in which their children ever participated.
She and John retired in 1985 and moved to Palmer, Alaska, where she built another accounting and tax business. She joined the local chapter of the Soroptimists. She did not give up her last accounting client until she was 80.
She enjoyed traveling in the United States and to Europe, Asia and Africa with John and other family members and friends, including her best traveling buddy and cousin, Carole Carpenter. Easy to laugh and never afraid to laugh at herself, she delighted in telling stories of their travel mishaps.
Her love for jokes and recounting family pranks was equaled by her zeal for playing cards. Friends and family members who visited over the years will recall many late nights around the kitchen table.
She thoroughly enjoyed the last two years of her life at Horizon House in the care of the kind staff, who were dear friends to her.
She was predeceased by her parents; her grandson, H. Troy Hall; and her husband, John M. Edwards. She is survived by her children; her grandchildren, Justin Edwards, Olivia Duran and Audrey Edwards; and her great-grandchildren, Teagan and Oliver.
Being a good cook and always in favor of a party, she did not want a funeral. Instead, she requested a joyful celebration of her life with food, music, dancing, jokes and story telling. This will be held on March 16, 2019, at the Fox Hollow Chalet starting at 4 p.m. Those able to attend are asked to RSVP to one of her children.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 13, 2019