|Birth: ||Feb. 5, 1918|
|Death: ||Oct. 19, 2005|
Feb. 5, 1918 — Oct. 19, 2005
Mittie T. Edgmon, 87, of Lebanon died Wednesday at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.
She was born in a log cabin in the Archie Valley in the Ozarks of Arkansas, the daughter of John William and Lalie Emily (Read) Smith.
She moved with her family to Bandon when she was 8 years old.
When she was 16, she met her future husband, Hank Edgmon. They married on Sept. 26, 1936, in Coquille. They lived in Coquille until moving to Lebanon in 1941.
Mittie loved music and was an accomplished pianist and also played the guitar and accordion. Mittie and Hank played music together for many years, traveling to rodeos and playing their music for many local organizations. She was in demand by many local musicians as an accompanist. Mittie and Hank also played for residents at Twin Oaks Care Center in Sweet Home; Villa Cascade, which is now Lebanon Rehabilitation and Specialty Care, in Lebanon; Willamette Manor in Lebanon, and several care facilities in Albany. She continued performing for the care facilities after her husband passed away in 1997 with her daughter, Sally Edgmon, singing.
A week before she passed away, she was recording music with family and friends, preparing to make a CD.
Mittie was an accomplished floral arranger, winning the grand prize at the Strawberry Festival one year. She also loved writing poetry and had some poems published. She enjoyed entering writing contests, and at age 84 placed fourth in a national writing competition. Recently, an article she wrote was published in the Senior News. Mittie also owned a classic 1964 Ford Fairlane Custom, which was in the Strawberry Festival Parade on several occasions, and in 1999, won first place. She loved cooking and canning, and canned as recently as two weeks ago. She was also very interested in her family genealogy and liked making authentic Indian dolls.
She belonged to the Lebanon First United Methodist Church, was a past member of Moose Lodge and was a member of the Lebanon Saddle Club.
Mittie had a gift of hospitality. When her daughters were growing up, their friends were always welcome. She loved helping people and animals and donated to the SafeHaven Humane Society, OPB, sponsored a child in Mexico and donated to a homeless shelter. Mittie loved nature and loved being around family and friends.
She is survived by daughters Sally Edgmon of Lebanon, Linda Swope-Cole of Lebanon, Carol Sharp of Salem and Beverly Mattila of Lebanon; sisters Shirley Wilson of Lebanon, Alma DePiero of Eugene, and Mabel DePiero and Mega Lohr of Lebanon; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband Hank Edgmon on March 28, 1997; grandsons Brian and Chris Swope; brother Vernon Smith; sister Marjorie Christensen, and her parents.
Viewing will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Huston-Jost Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lebanon First United Methodist Church, with burial following at the Lebanon IOOF Cemetery. Online condolences for the family can be left at www.hustonjost.com.
Contributions can be made to the family to help defray funeral costs in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355.
Albany Democrat Herald October 21, 2005
Henry L Edgmon (1918 - 1997)*
Created by: In memory of Scott
Record added: Oct 21, 2005
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