Mary Jane Edmondson, 95, of Mabelvale, Arkansas, was born in Carlisle, Arkansas, on December 14, 1918. She was one of seven children born to the late Darcie and Lena Booe. She passed from this life on January 22, 2014, to be with her Heavenly Father. She graduated from Hazen High School. After graduating from college, she taught school at Hamilton (Carlisle). She met and married Edward Edmondson in Carlisle. She then became a farmer’s wife. They moved to Eudora, Arkansas, to farm and Edward surrendered to the ministry. He gave her the name “Josephine.” This name was used to tell her he needed her assistance. They pastored churches at Parkdale, Arkansas; Chicot, Eudora, Ironton Baptist in Little Rock; Sunset Lane Baptist in Little Rock; Pleasant Grove Baptist in Ferndale and Pine Grove Baptist in Little Rock.
She started a Day School at Sunset Lane Baptist at no pay for two years. After two years she and Betty O’Kelly drew 25 cents an hour until she built the school up. She reached many families for the Lord through the Day School and all her workers were proud to work with the kids.
She loved her children and grandchildren and was always concerned for their well-being. She taught Sunday School at all the churches and has friends from all the churches she has stayed in contact with.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Edmondson; parents; sisters, Clarice Holland; Margaret Booe; Velma Shidler; Faye Allison; brothers, Leroy Booe and Doris Booe; grandchildren, Mickey Edmondson and Patrick Edmondson.
She is survived by children: Mike Edmondson (Sarah); Jerry Edmondson (Carol); Margaret Horton (Don); grandchildren: Kim Saneda (Philip); Chris Horton (Shannon); Jessica East (Jeff); great grandchildren, Justin Saneda (Karen); Faith Saneda; Katlynn Edmondson; Breanna Edmondson; Travis Edmondson; Skyler Cook, Nash Horton; Griffin Horton; great-great grandchild, Gunner Saneda and sister, Anna Trickey.
Funeral services were at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 24, 2014, at Vimy Ridge Immanuel Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Spradlin officiating. Interment will be at Forest Hills Memorial Park.
Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Thursday at Roller-Drummond Funeral Home, 10900 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209 (501) 455-5800.
Memorials may be made to Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, 2095 Appling Road, Cordova, Tennessee, 38016.
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