Born in LeRoy Township, Bradford County August 24th, 1923, she was the daughter of George M. and Claribel (Bellows) Smith. She married her childhood sweetheart, James A Tomlinson, and together they raised a son and a daughter, worked the family dairy farm and shared sixty-five years until Jim’s passing in 2009.
Edna was the consummate farm wife, tending to the various chores. She also was a self-taught seamstress and furniture upholsterer. She also worked as a home health care aide.
Edna and Jim also opened their home, as well as their hearts, to the care of foster children. In later years she would open her home to visiting hunters from down state, sharing her cooking expertise and her homespun country hospitality.
She was involved in several area organizations, such as the LeRoy White Dove Rebekahs, the LeRoy Community Association, The LeRoy Heritage Museum and the former Open Hand Grange. She was always volunteering for one committee or another.
For more than twenty years Edna and Jim wintered at Ft. Meade, FL, where she enjoyed shuffleboard, bingo, playing cards and the fellowship of other Canton and LeRoy area “snow birds.”
Although she never learned to read music Edna was a proficient pianist, serving five years as musician for her place of worship, the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church. Edna’s life was centered around her love for her family and her unshakable love and faith in the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Claribel Smith; husband James A. Tomlinson and brother Edward Smith.
The family also wishes to express its appreciation and gratitude to Twin Oaks for the kindness and care given to Edna during her residence.
Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M., Saturday, April 7th at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 103 N. Center Street, Canton.
A celebration of Edna’s life was held April 7 at the Canton Ecumenical Church, with Pastors Jerry Schmidt and Kathy Miller officiating.
Interment followed in LeRoy Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the LeRoy Heritage Museum, 8051 South Side Road, Canton, Pa., 17724, or to the LeRoy Community Association, 10006 Rt 414, Canton Pa., 17724
Arrangements were under the care of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, PA