Edith Delaney passed away, surrounded by loved ones, on April 1, 2009 at Kabul Nursing Home, Cabool, Missouri, after an extended illness.
Edith Lavaughn McCarter was born to the late Benjamin Oliver McCarter and Cecil Mae Akins on May 11, 1917 on the McCarter farm east of Cabool. She lived her entire life in the Cabool area. At the age of 17, she accepted Jesus into her heart at First Baptist Church of Cabool, where she became a member and attended all of her life, until she became homebound by illness.
Edith was united in marriage to Maynard Leroy Delaney on August 21, 1940, whom she met while working at a local lumber yard as a bookkeeper after graduating from high school. Edith and Maynard led a very active life, owning and operating a dairy farm and also working at Cabool Livestock Auction every Tuesday. Later on, they both became agents for Texas County Mutual Insurance. Edith’s passion in life, though, was farming and working right alongside her husband.
After his death, she continued on with the farm, raising beef cattle. She loved to garden and share all of the wonderful things she grew with her family. She also loved to prepare family meals every Sunday for her children and grandchildren. She held large family gatherings for the holidays in her home and always had the most delicious homemade rolls. Her favorite place to go every Saturday was the old Corner Café in Cabool.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Maynard Leroy Delaney; and two brothers, Ben McCarter and Quinon McCarter.
She is survived by her daughters, Judith Atkins and husband William of Cabool, Betty Akers and husband Wilbur of Houston, Missouri, and Nancy Flowers and husband Gregory of Cabool; eight grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She leaves behind a strong legacy full of many years of love.
Services were at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2009, at First Baptist Church of Cabool with Donnie Wells officiating. Pallbearers were Henry Enlow, Jimmy Atkins, Dan Lockcuff, Troy Law, Eric Maxwell and John Thomas. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations be made to SEND International, to sponsor her granddaughter, Amanda Flowers, on a mission trip to Japan. Contributions may be made at the funeral home.