COLBY -- Loretta Maude Ray Edwards, 97, of Colby died Friday (April 21, 2006) at the Prairie Living Complex in Colby.
She was born Jan. 16, 1909, at Muncie, Kan., to Arthur and Bertha Ray.
She attended school at Atwood and graduated from Atwood High School. In 1928, she began teaching at Pleasant Valley District 43.
In 1929, she married Murray Edwards. The couple were involved in farming and ranching in Rawlins County while Maude continued to teach occasionally at Pleasant Valley. Except for five years, from 1937 to 1942, when they lived in Washington, Oregon, and California, the couple lived in rural Rawlins County until their retirement in 1978, at which time they moved to Atwood. From 1997 to March 2005, she lived at the Atwood Good Samaritan Center.
She was a member of the Herndon Covenant Church and in her earlier life was active in the Christian Church and Lone Star Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Murray; three brothers Vernet Ray, Delbert Ray, and Veryl Ray; two sisters, Crystal Fuller and Charlotte Jacobson; and two grandchildren, Jerry Brown and Chris Hilmes.
Survivors include three children, Shirley Brown and husband, Paul of Roseburg, Ore., Clifford Edwards and wife, Neva of Hays, Kan., and LoRita Hilmes and husband, Ralph of Montrose, Calif.; a brother Raymond Ray of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sisters, Evelyn Scholer and Glenna Hines of Tacoma, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Chadron Cemetery in rural Rawlins County. Memorial services will be 10 a.m., Friday at the Brantley Funeral Home of Atwood.
Memorials may be made to the Atwood Good Samaritan Center of the Atwood Public Library.
Brantley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.