Monday, December 22, 2014



Effie Louise Edwards, 85, Spring Hill, formerly of Lawrence and Richmond, passed away May 20, 2013, at Blackhawk Assisted Living in Spring Hill.

Memorial services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Richmond Community United Methodist Church in Richmond, Kan. A reception is expected to follow the service. Burial is planned at a later date at Richmond Cemetery. Her body was donated to the KU Medical Center.

Effie was born March 1, 1928, in Hillsboro, Kan., to Herman Riesen and Elizabeth Evangeline (Funk) Nickel.

She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1946. Effie attended Bethel College and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in home economics.

She married Charles Staley Edwards July 16, 1955, in Hillsboro.

She taught home economics at Ottawa High School, later teaching elementary education at Welda and Garnett. She retired from Garnett in 1988. Effie later worked at Cottonwood Group Homes and the Douglas County Senior Center as a Meal Site Coordinator.

Later in life, she married Fred Weast. They later divorced.

Effie was a member of the Richmond Community United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Kansas Ornithological Society.

She enjoyed knitting, bird watching, gardening, traveling (to places like Peru, Europe, New Mexico and Alaska), and enjoyed her winter home in Nokomis, Fla.

Effie will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Charles S. Edwards.

Survivors include her children, Carl Edwards and Mark Stotler, Lawrence, Kan., Roy and Cindy Edwards, Spring Hill, Kan., and Glen and Denise Edwards, Overland Park, Kan.; three grandsons; three granddaughters; sisters, Lola and Jim Ellis, Wichita, Kan., and Anna Lee and William Ewert, Halstead, Kan.; four nephews; and two nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Ornithological Society. Condolences may be left at

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