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Eleanor Edson

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Eleanor 'Babe' Edson age 100 of Nashua, Iowa died peacefully on Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Cedar Vale Assisted Living in Nashua. Happy to be where she wanted to be; safe, loved and in charge of everything to the end. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the First Congregational Church in Nashua with Rev. Lonnie Wilkerson presiding. Interment will be in the New Hampton City Cemetery. Friends may greet the family 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Eleanor Ione “Babe” Edson was born May 7, 1916, in rural Chickasaw County, IA, near Republic, the daughter of Mark and Emily (McDonald) Caswell. She received her education in Nashua and was a graduate of the Class of 1933. She was married to Donald Edson in Rockford, IL. Eleanor worked for the Iowa Public Service for 20 years as an accounting clerk in the Nashua office. She and her husband also owned a local car dealership for many years. ‘Babe’ was active in community organizations including, the Eastern Star, of which she was a past Matron, the First Congregational Church, the Nashua Country Club, the Nashua Garden Club and also knitted for the Shriners Hospital. In her retirement she enjoyed her hobbies, such as painting, gardening and traveling. She is survived by nephews, Timothy Caswell, Mark Caswell and Thomas Caswell; neices, Beth Mellman, Eleanor Ann Scharnhorst, Patricia Thompson and Joan Meighan.; many grand and great neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald on February 12, 1970; two brothers, James Caswell and Harland Caswell; three sisters, Nellie Todd, Zatha Mellman and Julia Hogstrom.

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  1. Babe will be deeply missed. She was a dear friend of my grandma, Pern French. They spent so much time together at church and on other adventures. I will never forget Babe coming to my wedding and dancing with my brother. She always reminded me that my husband and I got married the same day she and her husband did. She sent me an anniversary card for several years. I remember her working tirelessly at church and tending to her flowers. She was a strong woman who never hesitated to speak up. She always spoke to my brother and me whenever we saw her. She loved when my mom stopped by with a piece of apple pie, one of her favorites. She was quite the lady. My deepest sympathy to Babe’s family.

  2. Fond memories of Babe. She was such an active member ot the congrigational church. she was an avid gardener and shared with others. Babe always spoke her mind and we were better for knowing her. Mary Ellen Strike Parsons

  3. She was a good friend of Ruth Birmingham which is in Brickford at Cedar Falls. Babe will be greatly missed. I love to go over to see her. A great lady.

  4. I knew Babe from church and she was a customer of my moms at the Beauty Nook. She was a special person and always treated us kids like adults. I loved going to house and seeing her beautiful flowers and her prized Hummel collection. She had a beautiful smile and the best laugh. Heaven gained a special angel. Love and will miss you Babe.

  5. What a great lady,so kind and caring. A wonderful friend of my Mothers. I have great memories of Babe.Such a wonderful church member who always graced our service with her presence and beautiful flowers from her garden. I believe she is the first 100 year old that I knew. We were all blessed for having her in our lives!! Thoughts,prayers and celebration of a remarkable woman. Karilyn Naeve Claude

  6. So happy I was blessed to get to know & take care of Babe. She was a sweetheart, but put her foot down when needed. I loved that about her! One of a kind. So glad her nephews and nieces were so involved in her life as well. She was so blessed! :heart:

  7. ‘Babe’ was one of a kind, a special lady. She was a good friend to my Mother, Martha Peterson, when they were both at Cedar Vale. One day when I was visiting there I went for a walk after lunch with Babe, and even though I was about 30 years younger than her I had a hard time keeping up. A long life well lived, RIP.

  8. Babe was such a sweet lady! Will miss seeing her daily!! Im sure her and Grandma Grace are enjoying their time together again. RIP Babe

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. Babe was a sweet lady and always had a smile on her face. I remember going with my sister and Babe to the Charles city parade and getting mcdonalds. She loved when we brought our pets over to visit her. I will truly miss her!! R.i.p. babe

  10. My sincerest condolences to the family! I cannot express in words just how much I will miss her!! A truly one-of-a-kind lady! Beautiful both inside and out!! R.I.P Babe <3

  11. Eleanore was always so gracious and such a nice lady. I have nice memories of her when I was in Nashua years ago.

  12. With Sympathy to the Edson Family. After reading her obituary, it seems to be that her sister Nellie Todd was most likely my Mother’s Aunt on the Todd side of our Family.

  13. I got to know Babe at Cedar Vale when I would go visit my mom, Alma Poppe. It was always fun to visit with her. She always had a smile and a hello.

  14. Babe was my mothers best friend and I have so many good memories of her and my mother going out to pick sweet corn at her farm. She was always happy to be around and bless her heart that she got to live to be a 100 years old. I’ll miss you Babe ! Carol Sheldon


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