She was born in Hubbard, Iowa, on March 5, 1932 to Florence Vivian Kruger and Arthur Kruger, and then raised by her loving maternal grandparents, Florence and Glen Hitt in Waterloo, Iowa.
She had one brother, Glen A. Kruger, who preceded her in death.
On December 29, 1950, she was united in marriage to Howard Gene Jesse at Osage Beach, Missouri. To this union three children were born, Gary Glenn Jesse, Diane Kay Coats and Richard Alan “Rick” Jesse. She met Jesus as her Savior and was baptized into the Baptist faith May 26, 1957.
The family moved to Cabool, Missouri, in 1966 and Eddie became well known for hosting her many friends, her children’s friends and their entire school classes as their home became a place to build floats, sled on cold winter nights and hold dozens of slumber and yard parties. She and her husband ran a dress shop on Main Street for a number of years, where she exacted vengeance upon unruly customers by smacking a black cardboard bat she had hanging beneath the counter. Later she was a bookkeeper for Cabool Transport. Her humor, wit and insight still inspire five generations of friends.
She always actively supported Vacation Bible Schools and her Sunday school class at Cabool First Baptist, the PTA, the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, prayed without ceasing for her family and friends and had a love-hate relationship with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Eddie is survived by her husband of 64 years, Howard of Cabool; son, Gary of Buffalo, Missouri; daughter, Diane and husband Terry Coats of Mountain Grove, Missouri; son, Rick and wife Rosemary of Springfield; numerous grandchildren, Sunni and husband Jason, Ali and husband Jeremy, Patrick, Kristi and husband Scott, Kathi Jo and husband Chris, and Kaleb; great-grandchildren Zach, Jill Kileigh, Brianna and husband Jory, Broderick, Braxton, Taylor and husband Zach, Nolan, and Logan.
Eddie shared the great love that came her way and will be greatly missed by family, friends and community.
Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, 2015, at Cabool First Baptist Church with Dick Wakefield and David Carroll officiating. Pallbearers were Patrick Jesse, Nolan Stillwell, Logan Stillwell, Kaleb Jesse, Broderick Davis, Braxton Davis and Zachary William Glenn Conner.
Interment was in Eldon Cemetery at Eldon, Missouri, under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Wolfner Library Trust Fund, P.O. Box 387, Jefferson City, MO 65101.