Edna Blanche Lamb

December 09, 1906 ‒ December 06, 2009

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER ~ A hundred years ago, genteel ladies were not to whistle, and Edna Lamb was taught the axiom “Whistling girls and crowing hens always come to some bad end.” Edna obeyed, and the proverb held true, as she has not come to a “bad end” but to a glorious one.

Three days short of her 103rd birthday, Edna passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday Dec 6, 2009 from MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

Born Edna Blanche Donough on her parent’s rural Butler farm, she was the daughter of Orra and Viola (Harter) Donough.

In 1925 she married Earl Heffelfinger of Loudonville, who passed away in 1946, leaving Edna to care for their three children Donna Marie, Gerald and Renald. In 1948 she married Jerry L. Lamb, of Texas, who passed away in 1998. They had a daughter Geri Ann.

Edna lived in Butler most of her life, becoming a hairdresser in 1945, and operated her beauty shop there for 45 years. She was coloring hair at age 102 and still maintained her valid driver’s license.

A member of First Friends Church of Mansfield, Edna’s service to the Lord was vividly reflected in the way she lived her life.

Coming from a long Christian heritage, Edna passed that heritage on to her children, all of whom live in Richland County. She is survived by sons Gerald (Jane) Heflen and Renald (Sandi) Heffelfinger, daughters Donna Marie (Edwin) Secrist and Geri Ann (Ray) Risner; grandchildren Beverly DeBouver (LA), David K. Secrist, Cathy (Jerry) Hetsler, Ed (Deb) Secrist, Michelle Lane, Sherry (Randy) Ramey (NC), Tracy (Dana) McMathran, Melissa Gurik, Chrissy (Jaimie) Domingues, Sarah (Matt) Conkling and Amy Risner; 21 great grandchildren; and 11 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, grandson Michael Heflen and great granddaughter Emily Gurik.

Edna’s life was exemplary, built on the sure foundation of her faith in Christ and His word. As she raised her children alone, Edna claimed God’s promises to be “husband to the widow and father to the fatherless” (Isaiah 54:5, Psalm 68:5) and He never failed her. God blessed her with wisdom to be a devoted mother and prudence to be a successful businesswoman. She remains dearly loved and sorely missed.

On her 103rd birthday, her family will receive friends, celebrating Edna’s “first birthday in heaven”, Wednesday, December 9, 2009 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Pastors Kevin Murphy and Richard Pass will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to Worthington Township-Butler Rescue Squad or First Friends Church may be made at the funeral home.