Edna Mae Cooley, 89, of Bryan, Ohio, died at 10:54 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Genesis HealthCare-Bryan Center.
Edna loved her small dogs and for many years maintained a flower garden in her backyard. As a hobby, she sewed lap quilts which she gave to residents of local nursing homes. Edna also enjoyed crocheting doll dresses and doilies. She was a big fan of Shirley Temple and enjoyed collecting Shirley Temple dolls, plates and period magazines.
Edna was a member of Eastland Baptist Church.
Edna Mae was born on Dec. 21, 1929, in Jefferson Township, Williams County, the daughter of Avery Sherman and Laura Viola (Underwood) Clark.
She attended Montpelier Schools. Edna often told her children that as a young child during the Great Depression, she had to help dig potatoes in the fields in order to aid the family in earning money to survive the times. In her younger years, she lived around Hudson and Ashley, Indiana.
In the mid-1940s she worked at Big Four restaurant in Bryan.
She married Harold A. Cooley on July 4, 1948, in Muncie, Indiana, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 2012. She often told that she was tricked into making her own wedding cake by her employer.
Edna is survived by her children, Richard (Cathy) Cooley of Bryan, Cynthia (Don) Mason of Edon, Keith (Melinda) Cooley of Bryan and Gary (Sherri) Cooley of Edgerton, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Betsy Ann Watson; and brothers, Samuel, Albert, Burl, Charles and Robert Clark. She was the last surviving member of her family.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019, at Krill Funeral Home, 860 W. Mulberry St., Bryan, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Krill Funeral Home, Bryan, with Pastor Jeff Sheldon officiating.
Interment will follow at Shiffler Cemetery.
Memorials are requested to Eastland Baptist Church Food Pantry or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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