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Edna Elizabeth Gleason

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Edna Elizabeth Gleason, 94, joined Cecil, her beloved husband of 59 years, and daughters Janice Gleason and Janet Ferrell in heaven on Jan. 11, 2010.
Formerly a Longwill of Des Moines, N.M., Edna married high school sweetheart Cecil. Their travels during the Great Depression era took them to Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Mississippi before settling and starting a family in Raton.
Surviving family members include one brother, Merrill Longwill, of Roswell; one son, Gary and wife, Gerry, of Alamogordo; three grandsons, Paul and wife, Trish Ferrell, of Tijeras, Patrick Ferrell, of Albuquerque, Michael Gleason, of Albuquerque, and fiancee, Leanna Torres, of Tome; two granddaughters, Wendy Gleason, of Phoenix, and Amy Gleason, of Alamogordo; and three great-grandsons, Patrick Nasworthy, of Alamogordo, and Dylan and Evan Ferrell, of Tijeras.
"Granny" was best known for her vibrant personality, a sincere interest in family and friends, master joke telling, and her love of colorful clothes. Family members, friends and acquaintances can attest to the fact that they never heard her utter a harsh word toward any individual. Edna was extremely proud of her New Mexico State Racing Commission citation for 52 consecutive years of working at New Mexico Race Tracks. She was a dedicated member of Queen Esther Chapter 1 Order of Eastern Star, lifelong member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Des Moines, a substitute teacher in the Bernalillo school system and a loving housewife and awesome mother and grandmother.
Memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Road Chapel, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alamogordo Hospice, 437- 3500. Wear colorful clothes - Edna would like that! Those who wish may send condolences to the family at www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 13 to Jan. 27, 2010
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