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Olga Edney

Olga Edney photo 2Olga Edney, of Huron, died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Her memorial service was Thursday, April 19th, at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Rinearson officiating. An Eastern Star service was conducted by O.E.S. Mizpah Chapter #9 of Huron following the memorial service at the church on Thursday. Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Olga Schaffer Edney was born December 19, 1924, in Bayard, Nebraska to David and Olga (Brown) Schaffer. Along with five brothers and four sisters, she grew up just outside of Bayard on her parents' farm.

Leaving Bayard to pursue her studies, Olga attended Greely State Teachers College in Greely, Colorado, and then decided to transfer schools in order to spend her senior year at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. Thereat Chadron State she met a man named William Milton Edney, who in six months time would travel out to Bayard with Olga and ask David Schaffer for Olga's hand in marriage.

She and Milton were married April 30, 1950, at the Methodist Church in Chadron. The pair soon moved to South Dakota, living most of their married life in the town of Huron where they raised two daughters, Deb and Cindy, and one son, Douglas.

Life on the farm was never far from Olga's heart. On the family farm shecultivated not only personal strength from years of chores and hard work, but also a delicate green thumb and a love of all things growing. One of Olga's true joys was gardening, as anyone visiting the Edney's home in Huron can plainly see in her yard, lush with green trees and vibrant flowerbeds. Her passion for growing and creating naturally drew her to the arts. Olga crocheted and sewed beautifully, was an accomplished artist in the mediums of oil paint, pencil, and charcoal, and also extended her talents into ceramics, among other artistic hobbies. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Mizpah Chapter #9, and also of the Daughters of the Nile Aurora Temple #39.

Olga was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

She is survived by W. Milton, her husband of nearly 57 years; two daughters, Deb Frederiksen, of Plainfield, Illinois and Cindy Mayes, of Custer, South Dakota; and one son, Doug and his wife Lynn Edney, of Prior Lake, Minnesota. Also remembering Olga are seven grandchildren, Paul and Michael Frederiksen, Adam, Noah, and Erin Walz, and Jennifer and Brian Edney; and two great-grandchildren, Alex and Ellen Grace. Her surviving brothers and sisters are Elsie Greathouse of Indiana, Esther Haumont of Broken Bow, Nebraska, Gloria Reichert of Torrington, Wyoming, Jeanie DeCora of Broadwater, Nebraska, Elmer Schaffer of Hawk Springs, Wyoming and Ralph Schaffer of Sterling, Colorado.