Ruth McClelland Edwards died May 29, 2012, while vacationing in Eureka Springs, Ark. Born Sept. 10, 1909, to Robert and Mary McClelland of Brook-field, Mo., she was a
lifelong resident of Missouri, spending many years in Brook-field, Bloomfield, and Lake of the Ozarks.
After spending her childhood and young adult years in Brookfield, she moved to Bloomfield in 1943, where she met and married Clinton Edwards. She embraced his existing family of seven children, three of whom were under 10 years of age. To this union, a daughter was born.
Ruth worked for the State of Missouri for over 33 years and, upon her retirement, spent many days playing bridge, reading, and working jigsaw puzzles. She was a proud member of PEO for over 80 years. Recently she was an active member of Chapter LO in Camdenton, Mo. She was also a member of the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie, Mo.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Dinah Nelson, and husband, Jim, of Osage Beach, Mo. Immediate family members are Lois Drake of Camdenton, Mo., Dan Edwards and wife Laura of Lake Ozark, Mo., Linda Sullivan and husband Ed of Granbury, Texas, and Keith Edwards and wife Betty of Kearney, Mo. Too numerous to list are nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, as well as many, many close friends.
In summary, a lot
happened in her life -- The Great Depresssion, Linwood College, University of Missouri, teaching school, raising four children, working for the State of Missouri -- and simply enjoying life.
She handled all the challenges in her lifetime with grace, dignity, and a great sense of humor. Ruth's strong faith in God guided her throughout her 102 years and remains steadfast as she serves by His side.
A memorial service will be held on June 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church, 303 N. Main, Laurie, Mo.