Edith Calder Southwell, 100, of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, passed away, Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Calico Rock, Arkansas.
She was born in North Henderson, Illinois on February 17, 1921, daughter of the late John and Ida (Dickerson) Calder. Edith spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, homemaker, and friend. She was united in marriage to the late William M. Southwell on May 23, 1943 in North Henderson, Illinois and from this union five children were born. Edith was blessed to live 100 years. During her working years, she worked as a schoolteacher at Ethel School #88 in Mercer Co. during 1941-42 and Shanghai School #2, Warren Co. during 1942-43 in Illinois. Later she substituted in Galesburg and Danville, Illinois and taught for several years in Vermillion Co., Illinois. She also worked for a few years at a drugstore in HSB. She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas where she served as an Elder and was active in Faith Presbyterian Women. She loved to play cards and she and Bill were square dancers for several years. She loved having family and friends visit her and visiting them. The coffee was always on in her kitchen and her pies were delicious.
Edith is survived by her sons, William M. Southwell, Jr. and wife Trudy of Kansas City, Kansas and John Robert Southwell and wife Kathy of Dayton, Texas; daughters, Edith Mary Jackson and husband George of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, Karen Sue Ehman and husband Frank of Flower Mound, Texas and Sara JoAnne Stephens and husband Jim of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas; sister, Helen Calder Smith of Loveland, Colorado; 15 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Kathryn Brown and brothers, John Calder and Fred Calder.
Pallbearers include: Jeremy Jackson, Jared Southwell, Justin Southwell, Joshua Southwell, Scott Jackson, Frank Ehman, Derick Southwell and William Southwell.
Funeral Services will be held, Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas beginning at 2:00 PM with Rev. David Schaller officiating. Interment will follow at Evening Shadows Memorial Park in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 1:00 PM.
Memorial donations can be sent to Faith Presbyterian Women at 1001 Third St, Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512 and designate your gift for the Edith Southwell Memorial (FPW local mission projects).
Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral & Memorial Service of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.