Mary M. Edmonds

Mary M. Edmonds

Mary M. Edmonds, 94, of Anna, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at Union County Hospital in Anna. 

She was born on Sept. 14, 1927, the daughter of Grover Bismark and Lena M. Lingle Lyerly. 

She married the love of her life, Carl W. Edmonds, on July 4, 1948, in Hernando, Miss. He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1994.

She was adored by all of her family. She was welcomed into this world by her own grandfather, Andrew J. Lyerly, who was a physician at that time. 

She was an active member of the garden club and the PTA. She enjoyed playing the piano. She attended the Anna Heights Baptist Church in Anna, where she also taught in the Sunday School, worked in the nursery and also worked in the treasury department. 

She is survived by her children, Carl Randall “Randy” (Mary Jane) Edmonds of Anna, Rebecca Susan Tripp of Anna, William Roderick (Julia) Edmonds of Anna, Betsy Rhea Welby of Wildwood, Mo., and Jonathan Robert (Ellen) Edmonds of Edwardsville; grandchildren Joe Collier, Ashley Bellini, Allison Martin, Christopher Edmonds, Tyler Edmonds, Kodie Ritchie, Adam Tripp, Sarah and Katie Edmonds and Anna and Matthew Welby; great-grandchildren Sadie, Anthony and William Carwyle, Drew Edmonds, Alexandra Martin,  Alessandro and Tommaso Bellini and Graydon and Adeline Edmonds. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl W. Edwards; her parents; granddaughters Kacie and Kylie Edmonds; a nephew, Steve Sharkness; brothers John and Ralph Lyerly, and two infant brothers; and a sister, Genevieve Sharkness.

Funeral services were at noon Saturday, Oct. 16, at Anna Heights Baptist Church, with the Rev. Darryl Williams officiating. Interment immediately followed in the Anna City Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to Anna Heights Baptist Church.

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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