Edna Irene Elder

Funeral service for Edna Irene Elder, 85, Linwood, will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Mt. Sidney Cemetery in Linwood. She died September 30, 2014 at her home.

She was born on January 3, 1929 in Linwood, KS, the daughter of George and Pearl (Hubbard) Henik.

She was a long-time member of Linwood United Methodist Church and served many years as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Board Chairperson, and youth sponsor. She belonged to the Linwood Extension Homemakers Unit, and served on the Leavenworth County Extension Council. Edna loved working with youth and helped organize the Lucky Clover 4-H Club, and was the ‘lady on the microphone’ at the Leavenworth County Fair for 31 years. She enjoyed many years of working local elections.

Edna loved to learn. She attended Kansas University for 2 years and was a teacher of all 8 grades in Pleasant Valley School, a one-room schoolhouse. She was also a substitute teacher in Linwood and Basehor schools and worked several years at the Linwood Post Office.

In addition to all Edna did in the community, her life was consumed with her love for and commitment to her family.

Edna married Jimmy “Jim” R. Elder on June 9, 1951 in Lawrence, KS, and was his farming partner during their 63 year marriage. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include son, LeRoy (Joyce) Elder, Linwood; daughter, Sandra “Sandy” (Ron) Hill, Topeka; sister, Lola Mae Torneden, rural Linwood; brother, Fred Henik, Shawnee; six grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer), Crystal (Michael), Kevin (Sara), Jessica, Brendan (Liza), Allison, and 10 great grandchildren, all whom she adored. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruby Guenther and brother, Frank Henak.

The family will greet friends from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Linwood United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


18 Condolences

  1. Eric Leroux on October 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Our condolences to Jim and the family it has been awhile since we had seen Edna she will always be in our memories

  2. Herman LeRoux on October 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Jim, Leroy,Sandy and families, dad and I were sorry to hear of Edna’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.


  3. Corene & Jim Wilson on October 2, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Our prayers and sympathy are sent from Georgia. So sorry to learn of this loss.

  4. Duane & Arlita Buller & Family on October 2, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    So very sorry for you loss. May you all find comfort in the wonderful memories you all have of this very Special Woman. We know Edna will be missed but with your memories she will never be far away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Much Love to all of you surround by lots of warm hugs.

  5. Mary Dial on October 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Jim and Family,
    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    She was a special lady, she loved the Lord and it showed in all she did. She will be missed.

  6. david hallenbeck on October 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Jim, Leroy, Sandra and families, many prayers are lifted up for you from Ohio. Edna was indeed a cheerleader for all people who called Linwood,KS and Leavenworth County,Ks home. Thank you for sharing her with me and so many others. You are much loved. David

  7. Marcia Hallenbeck McFarlane on October 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I was devastated to learn of Edna’s passing. What a wonderful woman on so many levels. She touched so very many lives, including mine. Her kind words upon my mom’s passing were of great comfort to me – so much so, that I keep one of her hand-written notes here in my desk drawer. If I were gifted with her knack of knowing just what to say at just the right time, I would sure love to say something as comforting to you right now. But that is a special gift that very few people are lucky enough to have. My mother cherished her friendship, and for that alone, I loved her too. But I will forever remember her smile, her creativity, her laugh, her beautiful home and her unparalleled work ethic and sense of family. I will continue to hold her in my heart. Much love…

  8. Tony Johnson on October 3, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Very sorry to hear the news. I will never forget her generosity – and that home baked bread. My thoughts have been with the family all week and will continue. RIP Edna…

  9. Sharyl Smith on October 3, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I was saddened to hear of Edna’s passing. She was a wonderful woman to helped shape so many lives. She had a radiant smile and a very tender heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim, Leroy and Sandra. The world lost a true angel that touched everyone she came in contact with.

  10. Rhonda Redford on October 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I was extremely saddened to hear of Edna’s passing. I just had talked with her a few weeks before. I remember square dancing in her basement, always so much fun and a great memory! My prayers are with all of you.

  11. Mark and Paula cooper on October 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    We are blessed to be part of this amazing woman’s family through the marriage of her grandson to our daughter, Liza. The memories we have of her and Grandpa at our home in Mississippi during the wedding, are so precious. She and Grandpa share a love of storybook proportion! Our love and prayers go out to this amazing family.

  12. Tanya Best on October 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Will be greatly missed always loved and never forgetten rest in peace grams

  13. Beverly and Richard Tallman on October 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Jim and family, what a precious gift that got had shared with you and all the rest of the many lives that she touched. Our sympathy to all of you at your loss. (Beverly Olson)

  14. Paul & Sheri (Cox) Flory on October 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Jim, Leroy, Sandra and families- We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Edna was truly a very special person in the community and her loss will be felt by many. Cherish the beautiful memories of family gatherings and take one day at a time. Just know the love, emotional support and warmth of friends and family will be there for you all. God bless and much love to you.

    Sheri Cox-Flory
    Marilyn Cox-Whitenton
    Jodi Cox & family
    Howard & Lorene Cox

  15. Richard Brauer jr. on October 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    My prayers to each family member. I saw Jim and Edna in passing on the mail route that morning. Usual smile and wave from both. Each doing good for family and friends and community. She will be missed on many levels. May you find God’s comfort.

  16. Marilyn Cox Whitenton on October 6, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Sandra, Leroy, Jim and all your family – sending you the strength and love to help you all during this most painful heartache and loss. Remembering all the good times there at your farm and events that your mother especially was involved in. The community will miss her dearly. We are all thinking of you all.
    ~Marilyn Cox Whitenton

  17. Jo Lynn Bogard on October 6, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of Mrs. Elder and your whole family. Edna was truly one of the nicest people I have ever known. She is loved by so many people, what a blessing! She has left behind a wonderful family. I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

  18. Sophi Summers on October 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Mr. Elder and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    We have read the posted life history and memories of Mrs. Elder; what an incredible lady that touch so many. It is evident that many lives were truly blessed by knowing her.
    Content Mastery Team, Byron Nelson High School

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