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Mary H. Edmonds


Sunrise: April 20, 1927

Sunset: October 24, 2019

Mary L Holland Edmonds was born April 20, 1927 in Nansemond County, Holland, Virginia (now Suffolk, Virginia). She was the second child and the oldest daughter of the late Reverend John Jasper and Iola (Vie) Holland.

Mary graduated from Nansemond Training School, Holland, Virginia and the United States Cadet Nurse Corps at Dixie Hospital and Hampton Training School for Nurses (now Hampton University).  She continued her education at Norfolk State College (now Norfolk State University). She was a charter member of the Omega Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Her nursing career spanned forty-six years (1945 – 1991) with varied experiences including nurse supervisor, staff nurse, assistant supervisor, operating room nurse, public health nurse, and community health aide supervisor. She was the first black registered nurse at Raiford Memorial Hospital and the first black registered operating room nurse at the United States Public Service Hospital.

She was an active member of Laurel Hill United Church of Christ, Suffolk, Virginia. Additionally, she was an associate member of Fellowship United Church of Christ, Chesapeake, Virginia, serving as a Sunday School teacher and member of Margaret G. White Missionary Circle and United Seniors.

She is predeceased by her husband Edward C. Edmonds and son Waymond D. Copeland (Sharon). Mary is survived by her son Timothy C. Edmonds (Karen), grandchildren Drusillia Smith, Courtney Edmonds, Emily Edmonds, Edward C. Edmonds II, great grandchildren Brittany Wright, Bethany Wright, Benjamin Wright, and great-great grandchildren DestinyJones and Jaceion Patterson.  She will be lovingly remembered by her brother Waymond olland and sisters Lenora Tiggle and Alice Marie Williams; sisters-in-law Jessie Holland, Lula Holland, and Brenda Holland and Aunt Grizzelle Wilmore. She also leaves her goddaughters Helivi Holland, Esq., and Kim Martin as well as a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Viewing Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am Laurel Hill UCC 8001 S Quay Road Suffolk, VA 23437 Service Saturday, November 2, 2019 11:00am Laurel Hill UCC 8001 S Quay Road Suffolk, VA 23437 Interment Laurel Hill Church Cemetery 8001 S Quay Rd, Suffolk, VA 23437 Services are entrusted to Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701

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    Dolores A Jordan-Wilkins says

    I WILL MISS ONE OF MY CLOSEST
    FRIENDS!!!! WE TALKED ALMOST
    EVERYDAY AND HAD GREAT CON-
    VERSATION AT ALL TIMES! SHE IS LOVED AND THE MEMORIES WILL
    STAY IN MY HEART!!!!! MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY!!
    RETHA JORDAN & FAMILY 🙏🙏

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    Fredda Griffin says

    Phonnie and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. We pray our Lord and Savior will strengthen you and your family as you go through this difficult time. God Bless you.

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    Montien Miller says

    Condolences to the Edmonds family and to Omega Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated. Ms Edmonds was a Charter/founding member of Omega Chapter.
    May the Holy Spirit of God comfort all who mourn her passing.
    Respectfully,
    Montien Miller
    Chaplain, Northeast Region Inc.
    Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.

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