Harriet Anita Smith Edmunds passed on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. She was 94 years young.
She was born to Vinnie Mae and Carl Smith in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 7, 1919. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minn., with her brother, Raymond, and then moved with her mother to Binghamton, N.Y., where she went to high school, met her future husband, worked and later married John Edmunds in 1946.
During their 33 years of marriage, she and John made homes in New York, Connecticut, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Moline, Ill. She and John move to Venice, Fla., in 1978. John passed away one year later and Harriet made Venice her home for the next 35 years.
She was a loving and devoted mother to three children who survive her: son Gregory Edmunds of Pittsburgh, Pa., son Paul Edmunds of Warm Mineral Springs, Fla., and daughter Patricia Edmunds Law of Venice, Fla.
She was a grandmother to Eric, Laura and Alexis Edmunds.
She was a great-grandmother to Jacob, Charlie Jean, James and Teagan Edmunds.
She was Harriet, grandma, aunt, mom, friend and the bonding link to her extended families of Smith, Lilius, Edmunds, Dix, Ashe, Barry, Gustin and Circlewood friends.
Harriet was a truly giving and gifted person. She gave of herself unconditionally and gifted others every day with her sheer joy of living. Her infectious smile, her laughter and her wonderful sense of humor endeared her to family and friends and strangers alike. Her long, meaningful life of 94 years remains an inspiration to all who knew her well and to those she shared but a few moments.
Services: A memorial gatherings was held for her at Manasota Beach on Saturday, Sept. 28. One will be held in Moline, Ill., at a family reunion in July 2014. Her ashes will rest with her husband, John, at St. Mary’s cemetery in East Moline, Ill.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, please send a card. Or the family is requesting that donations be made to a charity or needy person of your choice. But most of all, she would wish that you give of yourself — time spent with loved ones. That is her legacy.