Bernadine M. Edwards

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Bernadine M. Edwards

Funeral services for Bernie Edwards, 84 year old former Buffalo woman, who passed away suddenly Friday morning at her home in Gillette, will be held Thursday, April 17th at 10:00 a.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Eads officiating. Visitation will be held from the funeral home chapel on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 8:00 until 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with a graveside service to be held on Friday the 18th at 2:00 p.m. Donations in Bernie’s memory may be made to the St. Francis Animal Shelter in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Condolences may be left on line at www.harnessfuneralhome.com
Bernadine May Edwards was born on May 5, 1929 in Donnelly, Idaho to William and Marguerite Heckathorn. She grew up and went to school in Donnelly and also lived with her grandmother to attend school in Caldwell, Idaho. She was married September 15th, 1946 in Donnelly to Melvin “Smokey” Edwards and they made their home in Rozet, Wyoming where Smokey worked as a farmer and in construction. They retired in 1984 and moved to Buffalo where they lived until 2009 when they moved back to Gillette. Smokey passed away in June of 2013 and Bernie continued living in Gillette.
She was a member of the Rebekah’s Lodge, DAR, and the Eagles Lodge. She made and collected Dolls and was the inspiration for the Buffalo Doll’s Club. She had an extremely green thumb and loved spending time with her family, especially her grand, great grand and great-great-grandchildren.
She is survived by one son, William Edwards and his wife Shann of Buffalo; five daughters, Virginia Nolin and her husband Kenneth of Gillette, Marguerite Schirmer and her husband Tom of Douglas, Wyoming, Elizabeth Horton and her husband George of Gillette, Victoria Edwards of Buffalo, and Deborah Vokenroth of Gillette; four sisters, Mary Nye of Donnelly, Idaho, Judy Richards and Connie Sparks both of Caldwell, Idaho and Billy Jo Jordan of Nampa, Idaho; sixteen grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother, and two sisters.