Edna Marguerite (Clayton) Robertson
Edna Marguerite (Clayton) Robertson was born near Cedardale, OK on November 9th, 1926. Edna was the fourth child of eight born to parents, Elmer E. and Loleta E. Clayton. Her older siblings were Marvin, Eldon Theodor, and Leona, and her younger siblings were Lelia, Carolyn, Anita and Elmer Moine (Bud). At age 4, Edna found excitement in the wagon ride from the sandy soil of Cedardale to the red dirt hills and canyons of Lenora where Edna’s dad found land and an old two-story house for them. In fact, she was just too small to climb up and down those hills, and when she slid down them in the white flour sack panties her Mother had made her, she found herself in deep trouble for the red stains left behind.
Edna attended school in the one-room schoolhouse at Lenora and was proud of the dress her dad took her to town to buy for her 8th grade graduation. She then attended Taloga and Richmond High Schools, graduating from Taloga in 1944, and was the first of her siblings to receive a High School Diploma. After graduation, the war caused a drastic shortage of teachers, so one of Edna’s former teachers, Mertle Gastineau, was instrumental in getting her hired to teach right there, at Lenora. Edna taught school at Lenora for two years and attended Chickasha College for Women during the summer semester. Edna loved teaching, and even had the opportunity to teach a few of her siblings, Anita, Carolyn and Elmer (Bud).
It was during this time that she met and dated a persistent fellow from Putnam, Loyd. They spent many nights on doubledates with sister, Lelia and her boyfriend Charlie Waters, and on April 21st, 1946 Loyd and Edna were married at his parent’s home in Putnam, OK. In the early years of their marriage, the couple was able to rent some land just west of Putnam to begin farming and ranching. Edna was blessed to remain on this very piece of land for the next 72 years of her life. In addition to cooking for Loyd’s harvesting crew and looking after cattle and doing other chores on the farm, Edna pursued a position with the United States Government and took her Civil Service Exam. Edna scored well on the exam and soon found herself employed at the Farmers Home Administration in Taloga, where she would serve families in the area for the next 43 years.
Edna always said the best part of her life was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Before having children of her own, Edna helped care for and raise one of Loyd’s nephews, Alton. After 11 years of marriage, Loyd and Edna welcomed their first child, a daughter, Donna Irene to their lives on March 18th, 1957. On January 16, 1962, their son, Lowell James was born. Edna greatly enjoyed helping her children. She was a gifted writer and wrote many speeches and plays for Lowell’s 4-H and FFA competitions. She chaperoned trips and attended any and all events her kids were involved in. In addition to their own two children, Loyd and Edna raised their grandchildren, Kasandra and Kourt. And again, Edna took on the role of making sure they had ample opportunity to succeed. She took Kasandra and Kourt to many dance or clogging lessons, sports practices, and pageants. She planned family vacations to ski resorts or cross-country exploring, took them along to square dances and collected more pictures than could ever be displayed.
Edna’s greatest joy just may have been her 5 greatgrandchildren. She was one proud Grammy when it came to bragging about Cale, Kloe, Gentri, Cruz and Lane. She loved to have them come stay at her house, and there were many memories made during games of dominos at the kitchen table or doing chores on the farm. Edna loved to attend her greatgrands’ activities, from school programs to sports games. If they were doing something, she wanted to be there watching them. Her face always lit up when she talked about one or all of these special children.
Edna basically lived 92 plus years on her own terms...lucky for us those years were destined to give and not take. With the veracity that she approached life and the lives of others and the length of hours in each day that she contributed...for many of us that might as well be 5 lifetimes. She didn’t start slowing down until the very end and lived a full and rich life with lots of adventures experienced and stories to tell. She will be missed.
Edna joined her Heavenly Father in Heaven in the early morning hours of February 24th, 2019. Even though Edna isn’t on this earth anymore, she lives on in all she raised and touched. Her values and compassion and the spirit of generosity has become a part of everyone she came in contact with. It was impossible to spend any time with Edna and not benefit from the encounter just a little.
Edna is reunited in Heaven with her parents Elmer and Leta, her husband of 70 years, Loyd, her daughter, Donna, siblings Marvin, Eldon Theodore, Leona, Anita and Elmer Moine (Bud).
Edna leaves behind her son, Lowell, adopted grandchildren Kasandra Nelson and husband Coby and great-grandchildren Cale, Kloe and Cruz of Vici, OK, and Kourt Robertson and wife Sierra and greatgrandchildren Gentri and Lane of Putnam, her dear sisters, Lelia Waters of Haysville, KS and Carolyn Clayton of Kent, WA, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and many, many friends.
Services were held Thursday February 28, 2019 at 11:00 am at the First Christian Church, Taloga, Oklahoma with burial following at Liberty Cemetery, Putnam, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Taloga.