How does one put a whole life into just a few paragraphs? Especially the life of someone who was so
important to so many.
Lucy Louise Edge Garner was so loved and cherished. Born December 27,1927 to Eva Florence Hewett
and Blan Co Edge who provided a foundation of love, taught her to be kind, respectful to others, and
that all good things come with work, effort, and patience. She had two brothers, James Edge and
Marshall Edge. She had a large extended family of uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents that loved
her and provided her opportunities to work. She would talk about spending summers picking tobacco,
cucumbers, and other crops alongside her uncles. She loved being outdoors. She was smart and always
eager to learn something new. She learned the importance of hard work and diligence. She met her
husband, Kenneth Ray Garner, while working at a soda shop. He was a handsome GI and she was
beautiful and spunky. She talked about how he loved to dance and was always joking. She said they had
so much fun together. They were married for over 66 years. Together they built their family of 4
daughters, Faye Leoda Garner Jones, Betty Lou Garner Rollin (Kevin Rollin), Joan Iowan Garner Gillespie
(Charles Gillespie), and Teresa Louise Garner Warner (J.Russell Warner). She was the beloved
grandmother of 11 grandchildren – Marcus Jones, Brian Jones, Kristy Jones, Jerusha Crifasi, Britt
Redington, Michaela Loden, Garran Gillespie, Silara Gillespie, Samuel Gillespie, Maxwell Eckard,
Mackenzie Toland. She was the great-grandmother to 24 great grandchildren, and 5 great- great-
grandchildren. Her home was always full of memories of a life well lived and enjoyed.
She was a loving friend, a great neighbor, and someone that truly loved her country. She volunteered at
every opportunity. She was an accomplished seamstress and master gardener. She was an amazing
cook. She was always quick with a compliment or a word of encouragement. She was an avid reader and
loved sharing stories of her past with her children and grandchildren. She loved to remind her
grandchildren that dynamite came in small packages, and she definitely embodied that sentiment.
She passed from this world April 15th , 2023 into the next wrapped tightly in the hearts and prayers of all
those who truly loved her. She will be missed here on earth. Those left behind mourn the loss of her
presence but find peace and comfort in the knowledge that a truly glorious reunion awaits her in the
To send flowers
to the family or plant a tree
in memory of Louise (Edge) Garner, please visit our floral store.