Logan Herald Journal, 09/08/12
Edna Thompson Smith passed away peacefully Sept. 4, 2012, at Legacy House of Logan at the age of 104. Edna was born in Bloomington, Idaho, to Niels Hyrum and Cerissa Sessions Thompson on March 19, 1908. She was the third child of 14 children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Gary Leroy Cox of Portland, Ore.; grandson Mark Cox; and 12 siblings. She is survived by one sister, Gay (John) Flint of Syracuse, Utah; and grandson John Cox of Alaska.
Edna was born the year that Ford introduced the Model T, six years before the start of World War I and grew up through the First World War, the roaring 20s and the Great Depression.
Growing up in a family just one generation removed from the pioneers, and with a large family, Edna found that she had to make her own way at an early age. She often told about having to take the cows to pasture after the evening milking, resenting the fact that she didn’t have any older brothers. She left Bloomington after graduating from Fielding Academy to find employment in Salt Lake City and Ogden.
She married John “Jack” Cox in 1930 and moved with him to Portland, Ore. After Jack’s death, Edna, at the age of 80, married George Joseph Smith, a retired commercial painting contractor. They travelled the roads of Oregon together until his death in 2003.
She then moved to Logan, Utah, to be with her sister Dora Mecham Imlay. Together they enjoyed day trips to Bear Lake and raspberry shakes. She loved being closer to family members who could stop in to see her.
Edna enjoyed good health until the last few months of her life. She retained a great sense of humor, an independent spirit, her sharpness and still loved a good road trip (with a cold root beer).
She will be missed by her family and friends.
Edna chose to return home to be buried in Bloomington Idaho.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Pioneer Valley, Legacy House and Access Home Health.