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 Edaline Anesta <I>Chatfield</I> Rhea

Edaline Anesta Chatfield Rhea

Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA
Death 8 May 1964 (aged 80)
Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, USA
Burial Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA
Plot Block 1, Lot 29, Grave 4
Memorial ID 8446848 · View Source
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Occupation: Jefferson County Assessor, assistant in Golden Colorado

Affiliation: DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), Rebekahs

Died: at age 81; thyroid cancer

Married: Feb 21, 1913, BERNARD LANDON "BERNIE" RHEA, Littleton, Arapahoe Co., Colorado; at the home of Edaline's parents

No children

Feb 1913, Littleton Independent: Pretty Home Wedding — A pretty wedding took place at the home of the bride's parents Wednesday afternoon. The contracting parties were Miss Edaline Chatfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Chatfield, and Mr. Bernie Rhea, son of Mr. and Mrs. K.S. Rhea. Only immediate relatives of the happy couple, numbering about thirty, were present. Many handsome and useful gifts were received. After a brief honeymoon they will reside on a ranch about two miles west of Littleton. Rev. Edmondson, of the Presbyterian Church, officiated. The Independent joins their many friends in wishing them a happy and prosperous journey through life.
May 8, 1964, Yuma Daily Sun:
Edaline Rhea dies at Parkview Hospital Edaline Rhea, 81, of 407 S. 21st Avenue, died at Parkview Baptist Hospital last night. She had been residing recently at the Yuma County Nursing Home. Arrangements are pending at the Johnson Mortuary.
May 18, 1964, Yuma Daily Sun:
Edaline Rhea Services Set The body of Edaline Rhea, 81, who died Thursday at Parkview Baptist Hospital will be cremated. The remains will be interred in Littleton Colorado Cemetery beside her husband, Bernard L. Rhea, who died May 8, 1959. Memorial services will be held at the First United Presbyterian Church at a time to be announced later. It is requested that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the City of Hope, American Cancer Fund, or the Memorial Fund of the First United Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Rhea came to Yuma with her husband 29 years ago. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Rebekahs, and served as Treasurer of the church Sunday School for many years. She is survived by two cousins: Mrs. Margaret Chatfield [Margaret Elmina Driver Chatfield] of Temple City, California and [I.N. Chatfield's youngest daughter] Mrs. Laura G. Heyd of El Centro.
Edaline Anesta Chatfield married Bernard "Bernie" Landon Rhea, the son of the elected Jefferson County tax assessor, K. Shelby Rhea. The couple had no children. Because of this, upon her May 7, 1964, death, Edaline passed on her father's Civil War letters and artifacts to her cousin, Margaret "Peg" Chatfield McCarty. Peg was a high school history teacher, and it had been Cousin Edaline's wish that Peg would be responsible for the family's historical documents. Before her death, Edaline had bequeathed her father's Civil War diaries to the historical museum in the city of Littleton, Colorado, where "Chatfield" names a state park and recreation area, a dam and reservoir, a high school, some local housing developments and businesses, and a few streets, avenues and lanes. A treasure trove of war tales and family history still awaited discovery, as we would soon find out. I moved the bed away from the corner, allowing Peg to reach down between the bed and the wall with both hands, her feet dangling off to the side of the bed as she stretched across it on her stomach. She emerged with an old shoebox, its lid bound by a string of red yarn. Carefully slipping off the yarn, her eyes widened. Underneath Edaline's bed, inside that aged shoebox, was the treasure she had hidden so many years before—a collection of Civil War letters written by her father and other members of his family. Peg had never seen them before; she had only been told about them. Edaline's safe hiding place had finally been found.

Only a few of the letters were still in their original envelopes, their 3-cent Union stamps cancelled in Memphis. One envelope lacked a stamp and read, "Due 3". Some envelopes had no cancel marks whatsoever, having been hand-carried to their destination by friends. The bottom of one such envelope read, "Care of Mr. Parker." All envelopes had been addressed to the members of the Chatfield family c/o the Grand Prairie Post Office, Kankakee County, Illinois. The letters—over 100 of them—had been written in handsome cursive on paper of varying quality. Some were in excellent condition, easy to read and transcribe. Others had badly faded, written on cheap paper, frail and worn, their contents requiring delicate care and magnification to decipher. The letters were a special treasure. The diaries that Edaline had donated to the Littleton Historical Museum constituted a fine account of Edward's daily activities during 19 of his 34 months in the Union Army, but his letters provided windows to his character and soul, his words chosen with care and written from the heart. Edaline had saved the letters for Peg, her historian cousin, the great granddaughter of her father's younger brother, James Herrick Chatfield. Peg understood the compelling responsibility of such an inheritance, even then."
Source: THE CHATFIELD STORY, Terry & Margaret (Chatfield) McCarty, Georgetown, Texas,

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Gravesite Details The "C" on her headstone stands for Chatfield




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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edaline Anesta Chatfield Rhea (27 Jul 1883–8 May 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8446848, citing Littleton Cemetery, Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Catherine Clemens Sevenau (contributor 47082189) .