Our Lord called home to Himself on Tuesday, Dec. 4, Edna Willey, 84, of Arlington.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 7 at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church in Arlington.
Graveside committal services and inurnment will be at Wimberley Cemetery on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Travis T. Willey, on September 24, 2012. Also preceding her were her parents, William Chester and Ollie Fenner; sisters Margaret, Anna Mae, Adeline, Shirley and Nancy; and brother Buddy.
She is survived by daughter Deborah (Lee) Kunkel of Brenham; and son David (Terry) Willey of Arlington; seven grandchildren, Belinda (Michael) Bobo, Cara Kunkel, Jaron Kunkel, Jennifer (Josh) Willour, Rebecca (Cody) Kersh, Miranda Willey and David Travis Willey. Also surviving are 12 great-grandchildren (7 girls, 5 boys): from Belinda’s family - Alexis Williams, Nicole Bobo, Kelly Bobo, James Bobo, Audrey Bobo; Cara’s - Jordan Rivera, Isaiah Rivera, Julia Rivera, Zachary Rivera; Jennifer’s - Reagan Willour, Lincoln Willour; and Rebecca’s son, Asa.
Mrs. Willey is also survived by a sister, Frances Manning of Duncanville, numerous nephews and nieces and beloved friends.
Edna grew up in Dallas on the family farm which was where Love Field now stands.
She married Travis Willey in Dallas in 1948 and lived there until retirement. Edna worked through the years at various occupations including file clerk, flower shop manager, grocery checker, Avon and Sarah Coventry sales. Avocations included gardening, sewing, cooking, birding, photography, ceramics and many other crafts. Friends remember her as a loving person who was extremely resourceful, creative and artistic. But her main occupation was that of homemaker. Edna’s life revolved around her family and friends. She loved planning special parties and gatherings. She was a wonderful mother and always involved in Deb and David’s activities including scouting, band boosters, rock club and PTA.
The first grandchild was born in 1970, and Edna and Travis became Granny and Pawpaw! Each new grandbaby added to the fun. Edna loved being Granny!
Edna designed a beautiful home which they built on the river in Wimberley where they moved in 1983 after Travis’ retirement from the Eastman Kodak lab in Dallas. They were very active in the Wimberley community. Edna worked countless hours outdoors, always having several projects going. She hauled rocks from far and wide to build a rock wall and collected stumps, driftwood and interesting items she used in landscaping and home décor. Their lovely property became a destination for garden club tours.
The year 1995 saw another move for Edna and Travis, this time to Mason where they built another lovely home which Edna designed. There was no river on their property, so they put in a pool where Edna would swim almost every day year round. New friends, places to explore and many house and garden projects kept them busy in Mason.
In 2006, health issues precipitated their move to Arlington where they lived near David. Later, assisted living became necessary due to Edna’s advanced Alzheimer’s disease.
Faithful servants in the church, Edna and Travis were members of Walnut Hill Methodist Church in Dallas. She volunteered in Sunday school, vacation Bible school, caring ministry and fundraisers. They were members of Chapel in the Hills in Wimberley, First United Methodist Church in Mason and St. Barnabas Methodist in Arlington. They also enjoyed delivering Meals-on-Wheels in Wimberley and Mason.
We are so thankful for her life and for our loving relationship with her. We believe she now enjoys walking with Jesus in His heavenly garden where we’re sure our Lord has some special projects for her. Our family looks forward to a wonderful reunion in heaven.