She was born in Kenedy on July 21, 1925 to Arthur and Lillie Gustafson. She was baptized at the Elim Lutheran Church. Edna graduated from Pawnee High School in 1942. She worked for Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio until retiring at the age of 45. She married Bill Coward August 15, 1943. She was a member of the Alamo Winnebago Club and the Texas Winnebago Club.
Edna is survived by step-daughter, June Brandon and husband Hubert of Corpus Christi; nieces, Priscilla Hicks and husband Ray of Austin and Kathy Grisham and husband Jim of Jarrell, Texas; step-grandchildren, Scharee McGregor, Ernest Shelton and Dawn Verlander; seven step-great-grandchildren, six step-great-great-grandchildren; and eight great and great-great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by parents; husband Bill Coward; and brother Vernon Gustafson.
Visitation was held from 2 – 5 p.m., Friday, Apr. 6, 2012, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were held Saturday, Apr. 7, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., at Elim Lutheran Church in Elim, Texas, officiated by Dr. Robert K. Blomstedt. Interment followed in the Elim Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Elim Lutheran Cemetery.