Marion L. Edmundson, the son of the late Samuel and Martha Ann Caldwell Edmundson, was born in Edmonson Community south of Puxico on Oct. 27, 1911, and died at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, June 12, 2004, at the age of 93.
Mr. Edmundson returned to Dexter in 1993 and lived here until January 1994 when he moved to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau where he lived until his death.
A native of Puxico, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He also held a master's degree in Administration and Supervision from the Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., and did advanced study, earning a Rank 1 teaching certificate in Florida. He did further graduate work at the Denver University in Denver, Colo. He served in the U.S. Army for three years at Fort Logan, Colo., in the 35th Academic Squadron in Engineering and operations and supply teaching, where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant during World War II.
As far back as he could remember, Mr. Edmundson wanted to be an educator. In 1949 he moved to Florida teaching math in Green Cove Springs. In 1952 he moved to Tallahassee where he taught math at Cobb Junior High School for 20 years, a career interrupted by teaching math for three years at Oakridge High School in Orlando. Earlier he spent 14 years as a principal and teacher of math in schools in Puxico, Dexter, and several other rural schools in Missouri. He taught at Dexter in 1947 and 1948 and was a leader on the high school senior trip to New Orleans. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Fla. His hobbies included gardening and fishing.
Mr. Edmundson received many letters of commendation from his students, parents and supervisors for his devotion to his favorite subject, math. Though always eager to clarify math for his students, he felt math terms and symbols were second to the welfare of his students. "M.L.", as he was affectionately called, will be remembered as a compassionate, concerned and professional teacher.
While in Tallahassee, he was chairman of the Leon Classroom Teacher Association. He was active in the North Florida Education Credit Union after his retirement in 1971. He was a Mason Life Member, a member of NFA national mathematics council, former president of Classroom Teachers Association. He served on the Executive board of the Florida Education Association and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association.
Mr. Edmundson was married to Ollene Coggin on June 12, 1952. She preceded him in death on July 29, 1971.
Surviving is one brother, Levi Edmundson of Malden.
Mr. Edmundson was preceded in death by four brothers, Will, Robert, Herbert and one infant boy; and three sisters, Macie Cox, Bertie Cox and Lucy Henson.
Visitation was held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2004, at Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
A prayer service was conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2004, at Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Mike Watkins of Dexter officiating.
Interment followed in the Lee Memorial Park Cemetery in Tupelo, Miss., at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2004, with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.