Edna was born and raised in Kansas, with most of her childhood spent in Wathena. In 1916, she married William French and they along with Edna's parents moved to the Ivanhoe, OK/Follett, Texas area. Around 1918, Edna and William moved to Kansas City, KS for a couple of years before returning to Follett where they remained.
Like her father, Edna suffered from arthritis. She made trips to Hot Springs, Arkansas and True or Consequences, New Mexico, seeking relief with the hot mineral waters.