|Death: ||Jul. 19, 2009|
DAVENPORT — Edna M. Gord, 105, of Davenport, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at The Postillion, Davenport. Celebration of Life services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 West 12th St., Davenport. After enjoying more than 50 years in her home in East Davenport, she spent her remaining time at The Postillion in West Davenport. Immediately following the services, Edna's family will greet friends in the Great Hall for a time of remembrance and fellowship.
Edna's ashes will be interred next to her husband in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, in lieu of other gifts in her memory. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Edna was born in 1903 to Olaf and Clara Carlson, Moorhead, Monona, Iowa. Upon graduation from Iowa State University in 1925, she taught home economics in Onawa, Iowa, and Ironwood, Mich. She married Cleo L. Gord (another Iowa State alumnus with a degree in dairy science) on July 5, 1928, in Onawa. The Gords moved to Riverdale, Iowa, when Cleo became the manager of operations for the Iowana farms, and they moved to Davenport in 1952. Edna and Cleo had one son, Stuart, who graduated from Davenport High School. He graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School, and spent the majority of his business career in Chicago and Philadelphia.
Edna enjoyed travel, gardening, pets, and spending time with her family and her neighbors.
A strong believer in volunteerism, Edna got an early start by serving as a young "Victory Girl" knitting for World War I troops. She became interested in the plight of tuberculosis victims in the early '40s. Eventually she became president of the Scott County Tuberculosis Association, and in 1947 went on to become the first woman president of the Iowa Tuberculosis Association. Edna was responsible for establishing the "Free Care" system of paying for the care of tuberculosis victims and entrusting that every county in Iowa had a TB Association. Edna was a chairperson for the Scott County United Fund (now United Way), a president of the Visiting Nurses Association, and a member of the board of directors for Davenport Friendly House. She was also a member and trustee of the Davenport Lend-a-Hand Club and Gray Ladies of the Red Cross. Edna was a member of P.E.O. (a women's educational organization), the local chapter of Gamma Phi Beta, the Davenport and Outing Clubs, and the Altar Guild at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport.
Edna is survived by her daughter-in-law, Barbara (LeBuhn) Gord, of Radnor, Pa.; grandchildren, Kristin Siglin, of Clarkesville, Md., Kathryn Callahan, of Alexandria, Va., and Steven Gord, of Newtown Square, Pa; and six great-grandchildren.
The Gord family would like to thank Edna's neighbors on Fulton Avenue and the caregivers at The Postillion for the loving companionship they provided to Edna.
Online condolences may be expressed to Edna's family by visiting her obituary at www.WeertsFH.com
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Thank you, Edna, for the happiness and optimism you shared with all who knew you. You always had iris in your back yard along with many other flowers that surrounded the playhouse.|
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