Edith Annabelle (Prudden) Stagner was born on June 21, 1923, in Kidder to Stephen and Nancy Mae (White) Prudden. Edith was the oldest of seven children and was often their caretaker.
The family moved many times between Kansas and Missouri in their youth. Her parents finally settled in Osborn. Edith left home and moved to Kansas City to live with her aunt, and that is where she met John Stagner. They were married on March 11, 1944, and resided in Kansas City, then moving in 1955 to Orrick.
John and Edith had two children and raised John’s three children from a previous marriage after he had lost his first wife in a house fire. Edith resided in Orrick for 60 years of her life and lived the final few years of her life at Lawson Manor.
Edith loved her sisters, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren more than anything in the world. Her second loves were her garden and her pets. Edith was held in high regard for making the best fried chicken. She was an avid quilter as well. Edith was a wonderful, gentle, forgiving and nurturing woman who loved without condition. God called her home on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, after 97 1/2 years of a wonderful life.
Edith is survived by her son, Alva Taylor Stagner, and his wife Diane of Orrick; and sisters, Kathy Daniels of Cameron, Helen “Peggy” White of Kansas City and Lila Johnson of Smithville. She also is survived by 11 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 68 great-great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-greatgrandchildren.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Nancy Prudden; husband, John David Stagner; children, Lila Ann Stagner Thompson, Joseph David Stagner, Mary Louise Stagner Sidwell and William Elijah Stagner; and siblings, Stephen Prudden, Wauneta Harter and Sharon Mahan. She also was preceded in death by eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15, also at the funeral home, with her grandson Bryan Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the North New Garden Cemetery near Excelsior Springs.
Arrangements by Gowing Funeral Home.