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Earlean Edwards, 93 – Passed December 29, 2020

With saddened hearts, our family must announce the passing of our matriarch and queen, Earlean Edwards, 93, on December 29, 2020. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 10, 1927, the only child of George and Mattie (Ellison) Slayton.

Earlean was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents Leve and Effie Ellison, two husbands, a son, and two grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Her greatest joy was visiting her family.

Earlean was born on a sharecropper farm in Arkansas and moved to Massachusetts where she worked cleaning houses. She was able to save and purchase a house after her husband passed away. She remarried and moved to Wisconsin where she worked as a cleaning supervisor in a hotel. When her second husband passed away, she returned to Massachusetts to be near her mother. When her health began to fail, she moved to Cabool, Missouri, to live with her daughter, Mattie Woods. She spent her last weeks at West Vue Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Plains, Missouri, where she received exceptional care and love.

“Although we can no longer see our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, matriarch, queen with our eyes, we will feel her in our hearts forever.”

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at