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Jean T. Edmonston, 92, of Moberly, passed away at her home on Friday, Oct. 05, 2012.

Born Jan. 31, 1920 in Lamine, Mo., to John and Ethel Turley, she grew up in the Boonville area, receiving early education by her rural schoolteacher mother.  At age 15, she graduated from Boonville High School, and from Central College, Fayette, with a degree in Commerce.

On May 22, 1942, she married Lieut. Commander Lilburn “Babe” Edmonston, USN, of New Franklin, Mo., at Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was in flight training.  Following meritorious service in the Pacific during World War II, Flight Squadron Commander Edmonston died in an airplane crash in Seattle in 1948.

Mrs. Edmonston worked as Secretary to Superintendent of  M-K-T Railroad, Franklin, Mo., before moving with her family to Moberly in 1957, through which she worked for the Wabash Railroad, then Norfolk and Western Railroad, in a similar capacity, until her retirement in 1980.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she served as Secretary of the now Administrative Council, and several other committees.  She was a member of Gold Star Wives, National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees, and Senior Circle.  She was a former member of the American Association of University Women and Business and Professional Women.  For 23 years, she served as a local American Red Cross volunteer telephone liaison with the military, on behalf of local families.

Survivors include her only son and daughter-in-law, King and Lin Edmonston, St. Louis; beloved granddaughters Leigh Edmonston, St. Louis, and Bryn Edmonston, Burgos Spain; several cousins in the mid-Missouri area; extended family Joe and Carroll Chalcraft, St. Louis; dearest friend, Sarah Parkes of Moberly; recent caregivers, Shelly Easton, Natalea Bentley, Rev. Jim Boling, Randi Petri, Kristina Bartels, and Marcia Kothe of Hospice Compassus; friend and caregiver, Betty Smith, Moberly; hundreds of others with respect.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or American Red Cross.

A private interment service will be held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, New Franklin, Mo.

Arrangements are entrusted to Markland-Yager Funeral Home, New Franklin, Mo., 660-848-2345.

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