Edna Annabel Moorman was born at home in the community of Kisbey in Saskatchewan on February 13, 1913. She was the third youngest of eight children that would be born to Charles and Annie Bronson.
The Bronsons continued to live at Kisbey until 1919, when they moved to Nut Mountain, SK. They moved again in 1921 to the Carrot River district. In 1925 Silver Park became their next home, but soon after a more permanent home was found in the Virgil School District, east of Pleasantdale, SK. There Edna completed her education and worked as a domestic.
She got to know Clarence Moorman, a widowed neighbour, and they were married in the residence of the Anglican minister in Pathlow, SK, on June 13, 1935. To their blended family of four, Evelyn, Jerome, Gerald and Jean; five additional children were born, all boys: Cleighton, Charles, Melvin, Theodore and Laurence.
After being married about four years, with three additions to the family, all born at home, they moved to the Frank Moorman homestead where they operated a mixed farm. The last two sons were not born at home, Ted in St. Brieux and Larry in Melfort. With a large family and a small farm, times were often challenging, but everyone was provided for, received a basic education and enjoyed the benefits of a stable home.
The farm animals were much loved by Edna. The horses, cattle, dogs, hogs and fowl were given the kindest attention. Their departure from the farm or deaths sometimes brought her to tears.
Health issues forced the sale of the farm in 1963, and a house was purchased in Melfort. Clarence passed away at home from cardio-vascular disease on December 16, 1975. Edna continued to reside in that house until the Town of Melfort purchased it to acquire more land for the new arena complex. Another house was purchased in the SE section of Melfort. That home was often filled with family and friends, warm fellowship and good times. She was an able crokinole and canasta player and passed her time cheering on her favourite sports teams: Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Since she became a Christian in the 1930’s she loved gospel music and constantly played a variety of tapes and CD’s. Home was where her heart was and she lived in her own house until the time of her death.
Edna was predeceased by: husband Clarence (1975); mother (1943); father (1968); son Gerald (2002); brothers John, Archie, Howard and Wesley; sisters Violet North, Minnie Buttery and Irene Dyck.
She leaves to cherish her memory: daughter Evelyn Newell, Rocky Mountain House, AB; son Jerry Moorman, Penticton, BC; daughter Jean Laing (Jim), Logan Lake, BC; son Clayton Moorman (Deloris), Turtle Lake, SK; son Charles Moorman (Jeannine), Strasbourg, SK; son Melvin Moorman (Jeanette), Hartney, MB; son Ted Moorman (Carol), Buck Lake, AB; son Larry Moorman (Gladys), Melfort, SK; 26 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; several great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Edna Moorman went suddenly to be with the Lord on Friday, May 15, 2009.
The Funeral Service for Edna was held from the Melfort Apostolic Church on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Melvin Moorman and Pastor Kevin Shiach officiating. The interment followed in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were "Everyone in Attendance" and the pallbearers were David, Jeff, Miles, Kelly, Don and Wesley Moorman. The ushers for the service were Bill Kurtz and Bryan Lutz, the pianist Terry Eastman, soloist Susan Andal and a family tribute was given by Clayton Moorman.
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