Mrs. Amelia (Mimi) Edwards, 85, a former resident of Payson, Illinois, passed away at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday (March 13, 2012) in St. Vincent's Nursing Home in Quincy Illinois.
Born August 5, 1926 in Plainville Illinois, Amelia was the daughter of Ralph and Susie (McIntire) Syndney. She married Donald Edwards on October 6th, 1946 in Hannibal Missouri. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2007.
Amelia was a devoted wife and mother, who was a member of the Plainville United Methodist Church, and worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Quincy Illinois for 25 years. Following her retirement she had a daycare in her home where she cared for many children that she loved dearly and was known to them as Mimi. She also cared for her husband who was ill with Parkinson's disease. Amelia devoted her life to caring for and loving others. Her hobbies included playing cards, cooking and enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are a son, Michael Edwards and his wife Judy of Conroe, TX; a daughter, Paula Marshall and her husband Steve of Payson IL; a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Edwards of Hannibal, MO; seven grandchildren, Shawn Edwards and his wife May-Ann, Christopher Edwards and his fiance' Suzanne, Troy Edwards and his fiance' Liz, Pam Morton and her husband Jeff, Wendy Riney and her husband Matt, Darin Edwards and his wife Janice, and Kristina Thompson and her husband Mark; fourteen great grandchildren; three brothers, Leroy Sydney (Verona), Roger Sydney (Kathy) and Ronnie Sydney (Janet); a sister, Marjorie Dusenberry (Kenneth); and many loving nieces and nephews.
Amelia and her family were very blessed to have Brenda Edwards as her special and loving care giver during her stay at St. Vincent's.
Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; a son, Dennie; three sisters, Jean Coldiron, Pat Duffield and Doris Bethard; and a brother, John Sydney.
Funeral services will be Saturday morning at 10:30 in the Plainville United Methodist Church by the Rev. Stacy Tomich and Rev. Sidney Crowcroft. Burial will be in Payson New Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Payson and Saturday morning from 9:30 until time of services at the Plainville United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Plainville United Methodist Church or Miss Jenna's Rainbow Event for Amelia's great granddaughter's benefit.