Corinne Edwards, 94, Lebo: Aug. 6, 1926 – March 5, 2021 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Corinne Edwards, 94, Lebo: Aug. 6, 1926 – March 5, 2021

LEBO, Kan. – Corinne Edwards, 94, passed away Friday, March 5, 2021, at her home in Lebo, Kan., surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 6, 1926, at Barnes Hospital, Osage City, Kan., the daughter of Walter and Marion Mae Jones Peterson.

Corinne grew up in the Pant Teg (Welsh for Valley Pleasant) school and Mt. Herman Church area southeast of Osage City – a community of rich heritage for Corinne. The school was established by her maternal great-grandparents and other settlers. The church was organized by her paternal grandparents and other community members. She attended the Pant Teg School all of her elementary years, attending one year of high school in Osage City. Corinne would go on to graduate from Lyndon High School with the class of 1944. She went through high school working for room and board as many others at that time.

Corinne married the love of her life, Donald Edwards, on April 16, 1948, in Lyndon, Kan. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage before Don’s death on July 3, 2001. Together they made their home on the Edward’s family farm northeast of Lebo. There they raised their only daughter, Marilyn Jean. Marilyn and her husband, Jim, continue to enjoy living on the family farm that was established in 1925.

Corinne has made her home in Lebo for the past 20 years. She and Don were members of the Lebo Baptist Church, joining in 1949. At the time of her death, Corinne was the oldest member of the church. She was active in her faith, having held many offices in the Baptist Women’s groups. She participated in the church choir and prepared the church bulletins for 14 years, and wrote the church history book for their centennial celebration.

Besides being a member of several community afternoon clubs, she sang with the Choraliers for a number of years. Corinne enjoyed serving as an Avon Lady for several years and was a member of the planning committee for the Lebo City Centennial Celebration in 1986. She enjoyed her role as homemaker, farm wife and mother. Her hobbies included raising flowers, crocheting and sewing. She enjoyed collecting thimbles and sharing her collection with others. Many new brides in the community were gifted a pretty crotched doily made with love.

Corinne will live on in the hearts and memories of her daughter, Marilyn Wallace and her husband, Jim, of Lebo; grandsons, Ryan Freund and his wife, Edye, Carbondale, Kan., and Rlyn Freund, Scranton, Kan.; step-grandchildren, Jimmy Wallace and wife, Lonette, Osawatomie, Kan., Jody Foster and husband, Jimmy, Republic, Mo., and Jarrod Wallace and his wife, Pam, of Arizona; many great-grandchildren including, Alexis McLerran and husband, Andrew, Nicholas Freund and wife, Alex, Madelyn Freund, Kaylan Mulligan, and Danika Freund; a sister-in-law, Erna Peterson, Osage City; and numerous extended family and a host of dear friends.

Corinne was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two infant brothers; sister, Erna Anderson in 2014; and brother, Marvin Peterson in 1996.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Lebo Baptist Church. Cremation will follow services, with inurnment being held at a later date at Lincoln Cemetery, Lebo.

Memorial contributions can be made to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief or the Lebo Baptist Church and sent in care the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856. Condolences can be left at vanarsdalefs.com.


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