LYME, N.H. — There will be a graveside service in the spring at the Highland Cemetery in Lyme for Edna R. Stearns, 82, who died Feb. 7 after a brief illness. There will be no calling hours.
She was born Oct. 30, 1930 in East Pepperell, Mass., the daughter of John Hutchins and Ruth Beard. She lived most of her life in Lyme.
In 1949, Edna married the love of her life, Fred Orren Stearns, Jr. For the first years of their marriage, they lived in logging camps throughout the Upper Valley. IN the early 50s, they settled in Lyme where they raised their seven children. Edna worked as a housekeeper for the Hanover and Norwich Inns and many private residences in Lyme for more than 40 years.
Family and friends were Edna’s passion and delight. She enjoyed camping, fishing, family cookouts and her farm animals. Edna was a member of Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
Survivors include four sons, David R. Stearns Sr. of Rutland, Fred O. Stearns III, Denzil C. Stearns and Russell R. Stearns of Lyme; three daughters, Sylvia M. King of Lyme, Ruth A. Dunkloing of Sharon and Elaine F. Churchill of Thetford; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, hazel Sanborn of Lyme; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Fred Orren Stearns Jr.; three brothers, John, Wilber, and Joe; and two sisters, Ruby Harper and Inez Cook.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Valley Humane Society.
Arrangements are by Hale Funeral Home in Bradford.
To view an online guestbook go to www.halefuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the Feb. 14, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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