Edna Mae (Lobb) Cherry, 100 years 8 months, departed her long life on early Sunday morning, August 27, 2023, at the McKee Hospital in Loveland, Colorado with her daughters by her side.
Visitation will be Friday, September 8, from 6-7 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home facility in Lorenzo, Texas. On Saturday, September 9, at 10 -11 a.m., a Celebration of Life service will be held graveside at the Lorenzo Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home.
Edna was born December 1, 1922, in Denver, Colorado. She spent her youth growing up with her loving family (parents -- Katherine (Wahlmeier) and Edgar Lobb and older sister Eleanor Rische). She had many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins involved in her life. She graduated from North High School in Denver. Fate played a big part of her life when WWII brought her future husband Mell Cherry (who had enlisted in the Army Air Corps) to Denver where he was stationed at Lowry Air Corp base. They fell in love and soon married (July 30, 1942) in Boise, Idaho. As with all the soldiers being trained for air combat, Mell was moved around to different locations with the Army Air Corp 96th Bomb Group Squadron. When their first daughter (Kathie) was born, Mell was shipped to Snetterton-Heath in England with his squadron. Edna stayed with her parents in Denver until the end of the War.
In 1945 Mell returned from the War. The family now reunited lived in Johnstown, CO, where Mell taught vocational agriculture and Veterans agriculture. Second daughter Barbara June arrived in 1946. Later the family moved to Lorenzo, Texas, area to farm the Cherry Farm.
Edna, who had been busy raising her girls, finally was able to attend college after Kathie and Barbara graduated from college. She then attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a B.S. degree with high honors. Then she devoted her time teaching science in Lorenzo H.S. until she retired. Edna continued to live in the home she and Mell built in Lorenzo when they moved from living on the farm until she was 98 years old. By then she was a widow living alone as Mell passed away in 2012. Then in 2021 she moved to Windsor, CO, to be near her daughter Barbara.
Survivors include: daughter Kathie Cherry Woodward and son-in-law Jim
Woodward of DeLeon Springs, FL; Barbara Cherry Foreman, Windsor, Colorado.
Four grand-children: Lee Ann (Woodward) Stone and husband Bryan Stone of Washington, Vermont; Sam Woodward, Pinellas Park, FL; Pam (Foreman) Bowles of Louisville, KY; Sandra (Foreman) Sutter and husband Wes Sutter of Fisherville, KY. Four great-grandchildren: Cerise Bowles; Mitch Sutter; Olivia Sutter; and Kona James Woodward.
Edna was a loving mom, grandmom, aunt, and friend. She loved her students, was talented gardener, and enjoyed visiting with her friends and extended family. Additionally, Edna was quite involved in her community activities such as: the
Lorenzo Study Club, the Lorenzo Cemetery Association, the Crosby County Historical Society (receiving the Texas Volunteer of the Year award along with husband Mel]), and the Lorenzo Senior Citizens. She was always an avid reader and active in political activities, plus volunteering to help with voting and elections. Even in her last few years, she was quite resilient and her mind was always clear and sharp.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be given to either of following:
Lorenzo Sr. Citizens: P.O. Box 571, Lorenzo, Texas 79343
Lorenzo Cemetery Association: 203 N. Van Buren, Lorenzo, Texas 79343