Catherine Eyring Edwards
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Catherine Eyring Edwards 1905 ~ 2006 Catherine Eyring Edwards, having lived an amazing100 years, passed on valiantly July 16, 2006. She was born December 23, 1905 in Colonial Juarez, Mexico to Edward Christian Eyring and Caroline Romney. She left Mexico with her family during the revolution of 1912, settling in Pima, Arizona. After graduating from Gila Junior College, she attended Brigham Young University (1926-1928) where she met William F. Edwards whom she married in the Salt Lake Temple, September 6, 1929. They lived for 22 years in New York before returning to Utah. Catherine and Bill are parents of six children: Carolyn Clive (Clifford) Fox Island, WA; Weston, deceased, (Jaroldeen), Pleasant Grove; Robert (Judith) Salt Lake; Mildred Evans (Kirk) Provo; Catherine Poelman (Lloyd) and William Foster (Kathy) Salt Lake City. Catherine was a beautiful, supportive wife to Bill who died August 13, 1989. She was active in the LDS Church, sharing her testimony and teaching her children constantly by her words and deeds. She fulfilled many church callings including ward Primary President, YWMIA President, Relief Society President, and served on the Children's Committee of Church Correlation, the Primary General Board, the writing committee for the first two Family Home Evening manuals, and as a temple worker in both the Provo and Salt Lake Temples. Catherine was also active on the BYU Emeritus Board, serving as President 1990-1991. She is survived by five children, 40 grandchildren, 145 great-grand-children and 10 great-great-grand-children, her sister Rose Calder, Salt Lake and half sisters Jeneveve (Grant) Layton and Maurine Boyd, Provo, and Ethel Taylor Ft. Collins, CO. Services will be held Saturday, July 22nd at12 noon at the Monument Park 2nd Ward, 1005 South 2000 East, with a viewing on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, and visiting at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund. Condolences can be sent to the family at

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Jul. 19 to Jul. 20, 2006.
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July 24, 2006
Dear Edwards children,
Please accept our condolences and sympathy at this time of the passing of your valiant mother. What a remarkable and accomplished woman she was! We remember her association with our mother, Hermana Lyon, on the Primary General Board and on that pioneering Family Home Evening writing committee. We know you will miss her, but we also know that you celebrate her righteous life, and 100 years is not to be dismissed lightly.
With our sympathy and love,
Lynn and Juneil Lyon
July 20, 2006
Elizabeth Ausman
July 20, 2006
I remember my sadness when Catherine, Bill, and children moved from our Ward in Queens, N,Y. But I also recall how happy all of you were to move to Utah. And now, remembering the Great Plan I join with you in both of these emotions.
Catherine and I were together in Primary for several years in the Forties and Fifties. One summer we held Primary in Kissena Park just a block from your old home.
Carolyn, Weston, Robert, Mildred, Catherine and Billy: I remember you all so well as young teen agers and as children and as babies. Your Mother was a strong influence on me.
July 20, 2006
Our deepest sympathies to the family at this time of grief.
Anto Catherine was a great example of faithfulness and determiation.
We will miss her. Her nephew and
wife, Henry Lee and Kay Miner
Henry Lee Miner
July 20, 2006
Our deepest sympathies to all the family at this time of grief.
Aunt Catherine was a great example of faithfulness and determination.
We will miss her. Love, her nephew
Henry Lee Miner and wife Kay
Henry Lee Miner
July 20, 2006
Aunt Catherine and Uncle Bill radiated Christ-like love; I am thrilled at their reunion. She once shared her formula for living - she would do the following five things on a daily basis: pray, study the scriptures, play the piano and sing, exercise (she promptly demonstrated 40 sit-ups right there in the front hall on the rug) and do something kind for someone else. She was over 80 at the time. It works.
I learned a great lesson when I arrived to pay her a visit and found find you, Bob, holding her hand and asking her, "Do you have any counsel for me?" and she answered, 'Be good; keep the commandments and stay close to the Lord.' Would that every child would honor their parents as you demonstrated.
I'm sure this sacred time will bring back many cherished memories for all of you. Love, Marilyn Shipp Miner
Marilyn Miner
July 20, 2006
Dear Kathy and Bill:
It is always with saddness that I see in the obituaries the loved one of those I care about. But, the joy that your mother is experiencing while being reunited with your father, brother, and her extended family must give you peace. Also, you have so many memories of a mother who has such great integrity. The fruits of her labors are witnessed in the productive and gospel- oriented lives of her children and grandchildren. If we were home we'd be there to give you both a big hug and let you know how much we love you. Reg sends his regards to Catherine and Lloyd. Lovingly, Leslie and Reg
Leslie Bailey Garff
July 19, 2006
Sister Edwards was a mentor for me many years ago. I was called to be the Relief Society President in the ward following her release. I was very young and inexperienced and I considered her the perfect example of a Relief Society President. She was so kind to me and never for a moment, made me feel like I was not equal to this new responsibility. I have thought of her many times over the years as I have served in various capacities and as I have "trained" my replacement. I truly loved her and will be forever grateful for her gentle guidance.
Colleen D. Thurston
July 19, 2006
Judy and Bob, Kathy and Lloyd, Midge, et al:

When I saw your mother's obituary this morning on-line, my reaction was not one of sorrow, but rather of extreme gratitude for the amazing life she lived. Your family has been such an incredible strength in so many ways and so many places, I can't imagine a greater tribute to her memory, as well as your father's legacy.

I actually had thought quite a bit about your extended family after seeing Rebecca in the Belmont lst Ward a week ago. I remembered Bob as my ward teacher back in 1963 here in Cambridge, and taking classes with Lloyd at the U of U before my mission. But I found the image of your Mom and Dad constantly in my mind. I remembered participating in Bob and Kathy's wedding, seeing Rebecca arrive at Harvard as a first year student about ten years ago, and observing your father on the High Council of the Monument Park Stake for years.

Your parents were real giants in the church in the New York area, and then, in Utah. I was grateful to have known them, and to know you all.

Sincerest condolences, but even more, joyful memories and satisfaction.

Tony Kimball
Belmont, Massachusetts
Tony Kimball
July 19, 2006
We send love to the family of this remarkable woman who raised such outstanding citizens of our neighborhoods and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In doing so, she blessed the earth, and our lives in particular. We express gratitude for a life so beautifully lived, and send our admiration and love. Ted and Charlotte Jacobsen
Ted and Charlotte Jacobsen
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