Edna Margaret (Oxley) Yarnall, age 69, daughter of Johnny and Mildred (Ellis) Oxley, was born January 31, 1940 in Cabool, Missouri. She passed away to her heavenly home September 30, 2009 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Missouri.
She is preceded in death by her father; an infant brother, Johnny Phillip Oxley; and an infant sister, Joyce June Oxley.
Edna grew up in Cabool and graduated Cabool High School in 1957. She married James (Sam) Yarnall June 1, 1959 in Miami, Oklahoma.
Edie, as she was so lovingly called, is survived by her husband of 50 years, J. Sam Yarnall of the home; two sons, Kenton Yarnall and wife Janet of Rolla, Missouri, and Travis Yarnell of Houston; her mother, Mildred Oxley of Cabool; three grandchildren, Veronica Yarnall, Cheri Young and Desiree Yarnall; three great-grandchildren, Cyrus Henry, Shelby and Calista Young; a brother, Ronald Oxley of Arkansas; four sisters, Jeanet Yeargin and husband Buster of Nashville, Tennessee, Carole Caffey and husband Ron of Springfield, Missouri, Dorothy Stark and husband Ron of Cabool, and Donnella Monrow and husband Alan of Alabama.
Her life was music. She loved to sing and play the piano. In her earlier years she sang and played with the Oxley sisters and also toured with the Harmoniers Quartet spreading the gospel with music around the surrounding areas. Edie was a fabulous cook, enjoyed fine dining, fishing and playing golf, and enjoyed all her family that loved her and will miss her so much.
Edie lived in various places throughout her life. She taught English and had a weekly program on a Christian radio station in the Dominican Republic, learned French while in Haiti, taught Spanish in Eagle Pass, Texas, and also spent time in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. She was a very gifted and talented woman, and loved to share her talents with others.
Memorials may be made to Providence Cemetery or the American Diabetes Association.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, 2009, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Dodson officiating. Burial was in Providence Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.