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Virginia Mae Monroe Edson

Veazie, Maine — Virginia Mae Monroe Edson passed away on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, with family present. Born July 11, 1922, to Walter and Josephine Monroe in Windsor, Vt.

Virginia was predeceased by siblings Leighton, Barbara and Phyllis. She is survived by a nephew, Leighton, from her brother, Leighton. She is also survived by nieces, Margaret, Elizabeth and Faith and nephew, Thomas from her sister, Phyllis.

Virginia married Robert Furber Edson, an Army veteran as he returned from almost four years of active duty in the Pacific Theatre on June 29, 1945. Settling in Windsor they had David, Dennis and Donna added to their young family and a corporate relocation (Central Vermont Public Service) to Manchester where Donald (the fourth of the 4 D’s) was born.

Virginia was a full-time mother and proud housekeeper until Donald was in high school. She then worked as a book-keeper for several years.

Bob died in 1994. In 2004, she joined her sister, Barbara (Bobbi) and moved to Orono, Maine. She enjoyed living as a neighbor with her sister until Bobbi’s death in 2006. In 2009, Virginia moved to Veazie, Maine near her son, David and daughter-in-law, Susan.

She leaves children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – (by birth order) David and daughter-in-law, Susan, granddaughters, Eleanore and Rebecca, and great-grandson, James Beale Cooley: Dennis and daughter-in-law, Maureen, grandsons, John Luke and Zachary; Donna; Donald and daughter-in-law, Diane, granddaughters, Rena and Paige.

Virginia was loved and will be missed. She is the last surviving member of her cohort from both the Edson and Monroe families. No one can replace her eidetic recall of family chronology.

Special thanks to her many nieces and nephews and friends who maintained contact during her last years. Thanks also to her Loving Touch caregivers, doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital and to Hospice of Eastern Maine who helped her to cope with advanced age and its attendant frailties.

There will be a private family memorial service. Any donations should be made to Hospice of Eastern Maine (www.easternmainehomecare.org).