Edna "Myrt" Ann WilsonEdna ("Myrt") Ann Wilson, 98, of Duluth, died Saturday July 6, 2013 at her home on Park Point.
Edna ("Myrt") Ann Wilson, 98, of Duluth, died Saturday July 6, 2013 at her home on Park Point.
She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Oscar Lee and Fannie (Hopkins) Huffman on July 5, 1915.
At the time of her birth, her father was working as a civil engineer on the new Winnipeg water system, and Edna spent her early years living in a remote construction camp along the new water line.
After leaving Canada, Edna moved to Waterloo, Iowa. Edna lost both of her parents by the age of 13, and she was raised by two aunts. During this time, Edna spent the school year in Waterloo living with her aunt Lulu Huffman (a school teacher) and summers with her beloved aunt Ann Reitermann on an eastern Iowa farm. Edna graduated from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work, and subsequently moved to Chicago, Illinois where she met her future husband Alfred W. Wilson. Edna and Alfred were married in 1938. While living in Chicago, Edna gave birth to four children, and in 1953 the entire family moved to Duluth.
Edna played the violin and loved to play both golf and bridge. She also was a member of the Duluth Women's Club, and active in her church and church women's guild. After Alfred retired from U.S. Steel Corporation, she and her husband moved to Iron River, Wis., where they lived on Twin Bear Lake for many years. During this time, she and Al travelled extensively and spent many winters in Hawaii. Upon her husband's death, Edna moved back to Duluth, and she spent the next 20 years developing a new life and making many new and dear friends.
Edna was known for her special sense of humor, her acute mind, and her welcoming demeanor, and she will be sadly missed by her family and numerous friends and acquaintences.
Edna was an only child and was preceded in death by her parents; husband Alfred W. Wilson; and a son Dr. Robert M. Wilson.
She is survived by her daughter Patricia A. McGarvin of San Jose, Calif.; sons John R. (Jennifer) of Hermantown, Minn., and Donald A. Wilson (Pearline) of Topeka, Kan.; five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Essentia Health Hospice and specifically, caregivers Joan Steins, Judy Roberts, Carol Norlien, Kristin Goff, Linda Carlson, and briefly, Anna Beaulieu.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 in Duluth Congregational Church. No visitation is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Edna's name to the Duluth Congregational Church.
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