Ella Elizabeth Edwards, 80 of Defiance, Ohio left this earth to go to her heavenly home on April 2, 2020. Ella passed at home surrounded by her family.
She was born April 26, 1939 to Robert and Gladys (Carico) Salyers in Grundy, Virginia. On 1956 she married the love of her life Johnny Kendrick Edwards, who preceded Ella in death in 2011. Together they raised five children. Her family and her faith were very important to Ella. In her younger years Ella enjoyed visiting with family and friends, trips to Virginia to see her parents and sisters. She had a contagious smile and loved to cut up and carry on. In her later years Ella enjoyed her computer and was proud of how well she learned to use it. She also took in her cat Scooter (who survives), although she was hesitant Scoot became a good companion. Ella was known as Mimi by all of her grandchildren and many others. If you would visit Ella day or night you would never find her without her lipstick on, that was a joke the family would always make. Ella held God’s word close to her heart and loved to sing his praises.
Ella will be sadly missed by many, her children Sandi (Dennis) Vance of Paulding, Ohio, Tami (Terry) Erskine of Hemlock, Michigan, Kim (Dan) Limber of Ayersville, Ohio, Sarah (Rob) Baldridge of Defiance, Ohio, and a grandchild she raised Mindy (Jason) Holifield of Defiance.
Grandchildren; Derik (Heather) Vance, Clint and Corbin Vance, Lana (Dan) Kue, Jenna (Joaquin) Chaco, Hanna (Brian) Mathis, Christina (Jesse) Espinosa, Rachell Edwards, Olivia (Nathan) Koehn, Joseph Edwards, Jonathan (Cherie) Holbrook, Maranda (John) Stikeleather, Terry, Tony and Teddy Erskine, Kendra Limber, Cole (Kylee) Limber, and Tolby Fleming.
Great-Grandchildren; Kloey Vance, Joshua, Paris, Aya, Eden, Giselle, and Sebastian Kue, Brian, Aubrey, Grady and Elsie Mathis, Alexis, Emily, and Abigail Espinosa. Noah and Eli Koehn. Jonathan Jr., James, and Jeffery Holbrook, Kameron, Madison and Brooke Stikeleather, Lily Rankin, Madison and Wyatt Fleming, and Theodore Holifield.
She is also survived by her sisters Shirley (Charlie) Stiltner of Defiance, Evelyn Snead, and Millie (Cameron) Davis of Grundy, Va. brother-in-law John Cochran, Defiance, brother-in-law Jim (Francis) Edwards of Big Rock, Va., and her daughter-in-law Heidi Edwards, Sacramento, CA, many nieces and nephews, and a very special caretaker Jenny Smith, Defiance, Ohio.
Ella was preceded in death by her husband Johnny, son Joseph Randall Edwards, her parents Robert and Gladys Salyers, a step father Elee Keen, sisters Lucille Raines and Peggy Cochran, son-in-laws, Dale Holbrook and Tolby Fleming Jr. and a great grandson Isaiah Koehn.
Ella is now reunited with her loved ones passed. Recently when asked what she was going to do when she got to heaven, Ella said, “I’m gonna thank Him.”
A visitation for immediate family only will be held at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Riverside Cemetery, with Pastor Isaac Shelton, Sr. officiating. Due to the current situation, the family has chosen the graveside service out of respect of those who desire to attend and observe social distancing. We the family understands that many may not be able to share their condolences at this time in person, we welcome online condolences at www.Schafferh.com. You can also view a memorial video of Ella here. Memorials are suggested to Faith Tabernacle, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
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