Meryle “Irene” Edwards Born March 31, 1922 passed away on August 20, 2021 at the Genesis Nursing Home in LaPlata, MD. Irene is 99 years old. She was born at Peter Robey’s old homestead in BelAlton, MD. Irene was the 5th child born to Thomas and Rosebelle Garner. She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Wilson Garner, Tom Garner, Raymond Garner, George Garner, Russell Garner and Bernard Garner; sisters, Naomi Clark, Georgette Dixon, Gladys Buckler, Ruth Creighton, Betty Dull, Marian Coombs, Lillian Garner and Barbara Miedzinski.
Irene helped take care of her brothers and sisters until she went to California to work at Rosie the Riveter which was a shipyard during WW II making parts for airplanes. After the war was over she moved to Eugene, OR where she met her husband Franklin Edwards and got married on April 27, 1945 until he passed away on November 11, 1994.
Irene had one son Carl who married his wife Carol. They had two Children Carriet and Cale. She was a terrific seamstress, knitter and crochet, she could make anything including very beautiful bed spreads. Irene also ran a home for retired veterans where she was known as Sunshine. We cannot forget her love for playing bingo.
Irene has three living sisters, Rose Matthews, Margaret Wedding and Ethel Manly.
The family will receive friends on Friday August 27, 2021 from 5 to 7 PM with a funeral service at 6 PM at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home (211 St. Mary’s Ave. LaPlata, MD 20646) Irene’s interment will be at a later date.
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