Edna May Irvin

August 17, 1920 ‒ May 15, 2006

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Edna May Castor Irvin, 85, formerly of Grange Street, Lexington, died Monday morning May 15, 2006 in The Arbors of Delaware, following a long illness.

She was born August 17, 1920 in Lexington to William and Mary Agnes (Talhelm) Castor, was graduated from Lexington High School in 1937, and remained a lifelong village resident.

Early in life, Edna May worked as a receptionist and office assistant for former Lexington physician Dr. Mast.

On August 23, 1946 she married Richard Milton Irvin, and she turned her attention toward homemaking and raising their family. Former Lexington Local Schools Principal, Richard preceded her in death on November 12, 1984.

Originally a member of Lexington Presbyterian Church, she was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, and the Ladies Circle of the church.

Edna May was of the rare breed who treasured her local community as a genuine asset. Further, she put those words into action through her volunteerism and support.

She was often spotted volunteering at Lexington Court Care Center, and the Lexington Schools had no greater advocate than Edna May. Long after her children were graduated, she championed the athletic program, closely following the basketball program.

For years she served on the Richland County Board of Elections, and was a member of Robert L. Castor Post #5101 V.F.W. Auxiliary.

An avid golfer, Edna May had three holes-in-one!

She enjoyed reading, especially poetry, biographies, and historical novels; and kept her mind sharp with jigsaw puzzles and a good game of cards.

In her later years, Edna May, one of Lexington’s “Castor Girls,” could typically be found in the company of her three local sisters ~ as they are woven tightly into the social fabric of the village.

Blessed with a generous spirit and a heart full of loving kindness, Edna May had a deep, deep faith that was characterized by her Christ-like positive attitude, acceptance of everyone, and love for her community. She will be genuinely remembered for her sweet smile.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Janet and Richard Oyster of Ashley; sons and daughters-in-law Edward and Marla Irvin of Blue Ash and David and Charla Irvin of Mansfield; grandchildren William and his wife Lori Irvin, Heather Irvin-Hauser and her husband John Hauser, Thomas Oyster, Curtis Oyster, Nathaniel Irvin and his fiancée Natalie Howard, Adrienne Irvin, Kaitlin Irvin, Doug Pore and Dana Pore; great grandchildren Blayke Smith, Courtney Irvin and Jalen Irvin; a sister Mary Rose of Lexington; and numerous cherished nieces and nephews including Joe Irvin of Lima.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters Helena Kanuth, Marcia Herbert, Mildred McEwen and four brothers Robert, Charles, William and Edward Castor.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 18, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am. The Rev. Marilou Brook and Pastor Jack Sharp will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Christ Lutheran Church or Lexington Athletic Boosters may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com