She was born Jan. 12, 1918, on the family farm in Bonnie View, to Lillie (Schlabach) and Willie Henry Haertig,
Reared in Woodsboro, Edna attended the John Sealy College of Nursing, University of Texas at Galveston, graduating in 1941. Immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps as a second lieutenant at Fort Sam Houston, February 1942.
Assigned to the 3rd Station Hospital, she served in Epworth, England. To get closer to the action, she transferred to the 26th General Hospital, Oran, North Africa, in Feb. 1943; then joined the 7th Army’s 59th Evacuation Hospital that followed on the heels of the GIs as they fought their way from North Africa to Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.
Honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in February 1946, she received five bronze service stars and the unit meritorious service award.
Married to Vernon Arthur Atkinson in 1951, they resided in Tulsa, Okla. where she was active in Fellowship Congressional Church. They retired to Idabel, Okla. in 1978, where she lived until her husband died in 2000. She then moved to Edmond where Norman Veteran’s Center was her final home, where she was once again back among “her GIs.”
Edna is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Leroy of Woodsboro and Milton of Carmel, Calif.
Survivors include a daughter Susan (Michael) DeWoody of Rochester, N.Y.; a son Kurtis (Barbara) of Edmond, Okla.; her brother Bob, of Seattle, Wash.; and a grandson.