Edna M. Pickering, 102, died Dec. 20, 2020 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. A memorial service will be held later.
Edna Marie was born on the family farm north of Belmond on Dec. 11, 1918 to John A. and Rose (Brennan) Dettman. She attended Hickory Grove School and graduated from Belmond High School in 1936.
Not finding suitable work in Belmond, Edna got a job as a house maid for the Jacob and Augusta Decker family in their homes at Mason City and Clear Lake. She met her future husband, Ernest E. Pickering, at the Soda Grill in Mason City, and they were married in Cedar Rapids in 1941.
Edna worked most of her life. She performed many duties on the family farm. After moving to Perry with her husband and son Jerry, she worked at Hawkeye Cleaners. Twelve years later they moved to Sioux City where she worked at a card store and the Wonder Bread bakery. She worked in the audit department of Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Des Moines for four years. After returning to Sioux City she worked for 17 years at the Younkers department store. Following the death of her husband, she moved to the Belmond Community Apartments in 2008.
Edna enjoyed gardening, reading, big band music, dancing, movies and cooking. She and Ernest were active members of the Sioux City Masonic Temple and shared many good times with friends at parades and concerts. She was a story teller who enjoyed sharing about her life and the people in her life. Her motto “work hard, think young, and keep active” guided her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest in 2006; and sisters Agnes Gabrielson, Ardie Johnson, Evelyn Beavers and Nellie Didio.
Edna is survived by her son Jerry L. (Susan) Pickering of Indiana, PA; grandchildren Kathyrine Glasser, Sara Pickering and Michael Pickering; great-grandchildren Nathan Yanosick, Summit Silvers, Joshua Glasser, Ari Glasser, George Pickering, Nickolas Pickering, Hannah Pickering, Quinn Pickering and Michelle Pickering.
Memorials are suggested to the Lyric Theater, sent to the family’s attention at Ewing Funeral Home, P.O. Box 301, Belmond.