ELDORADO — Charlene Edmiston, 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at the Schleicher County Nursing Home in Eldorado, Texas.
Charlene was born on July 15, 1923, to Charles and Frances Parks Mund in the Bailey Ranch Community of Schleicher County. Charlene was married to Orval N. Edmiston on April 18, 1942, in San Angelo, Texas. Granny was always first a wife, mother and grandmother. She devoted her entire life helping Orval with their ranch and also spent 31 years of her life as the sherriff's wife, performing the duties of after hours dispatcher and chief cook at the Schleicher County jail. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Eldorado, and an active member of the Hope Sunday School Class and the Senior Ambassadors.
Her service to the community was in itself outstanding. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, Women's Club, Historical Society, Wednesday Bridge Club, Library Board, Exercise Club, Mias Amigas, and an active volunteer with the WTRC Telethon. She was also a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 140, and past Worthy Matron. Charlene and her family were recognized as the Pioneer Ranching Family of Schleicher County in 1999. Granny was an avid supporter of her children and grandchildren in all of their many youth activities. Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Bonnie Yates; two brothers, L.D.(Jelly) Mund and infant Charles Orland Mund; her daughter, Chris Edmiston McCravey; and one great-granddaughter, Riley Gene Pence.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Orval; along with four sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Loretta, Phil and Wanda, Joe Max and Marty, and Jim Bob and Trish; one son-in-law, Chris McCravey; and one brother, Charles H.(Tart) Mund; 17 grandchildren, June and Doug Fritz, Lori and Don Sexton, Denise and Cory Pence, Mendy and Russell Brooks, Todd and Krystal Bilbrey, Neal and Mary Edmiston, Kari Garrett, Cory and Erin Edmiston, Carter and Emily Edmiston, Justin and Lindsey Edmiston, Shanna and Eric Nail, Cody and Heather McCravey, Makenzie and Mark Fryar, Kayla and Levi Hubble, J.R. and Shawn Edmiston, Coby Edmiston, and Brittany and Kevin Henning; along with 33 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a host of extended family and friends.
Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Eldorado on Saturday, Feb. 28, with graveside services in the Eldorado Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wayne Doyle, Tommy White, Johnny Mayo, Bill "Rabbit" Sudduth, Ross Whitten, Kirk Jones, B.W. Kennedy, and Ronnie Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were all of her grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Schleicher County Nursing Home, First Baptist Church of Eldorado, West Texas Rehab or the charity of your choice. Granny lived her life full of love for everyone. Anyone who came to visit was welcomed with a smile and the offer of a hot meal. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of being part of her life.
The family received guests for visitation at the home at 202 E. Redwood in Eldorado. We wishes to thank all of the people who have lovingly cared for Granny during the past one and a half years, especially those at the Schleicher County Nursing Home.