Edna Elizabeth Foth was born on Feb. 3, 1927, in Goessel and passed to her eternal Glory on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, having reached the age of 91 years.
She was born to Edward Foth and Sarah Franz Foth. She attended Springfield School during her elementary years and graduated from Goessel High School in 1945. During her senior year of high school, she met Martin M. Thomas, who was two years older. They married just a few weeks after high school graduation. To this union were born Donna Raye in 1947, Roger David in 1948 and Janice Kaye in 1951. They farmed, and Edna gained experience driving a tractor, doing field work and milking cows.
Later, she attended Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, completing what was usually a nine-month course of study in only six months. After that, she began working as an accountant at Crabb’s Town & Country, a business in McPherson, selling musical instruments including pianos and electronic organs, as well as small and large appliances. She later worked in sales at Brunk’s Jewelry, also in McPherson, and as a hostess at the Colonial House Restaurant in Hesston.
After Martin’s death in October 1978, she met and later married Virgil Anderson in May 1980. They were married for 24 years before divorcing. She later moved to Kidron Bethel Village and lived there until entering health care at Kidron Bethel in May 2017.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Foth; spouse Martin Thomas; and former spouse Virgil Anderson.
She is survived by her daughter Donna R. Stucky (Mark); son Roger D. Thomas (Sharon); daughter Janice K. Gilmore; grandchildren Tim Thomas, Jeanette Thomas, Haley Majernik, Alex Stucky, Alison Lawson, Joe David Gilmore and Toby Gilmore; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 18, at West Zion Church. Family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Moundridge Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Kidron Bethel Village Health Care Benevolent Fund or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, in care of Moundridge Funeral Home.