Maynard Henderson Edens

02/18/1911 — 05/31/2001

From Richland, WA, US | Born in St. Paul, Arkansas

Maynard Henderson Edens

Maynard H. Edens, 90, a long-time Richland resident went home to be with his Lord on Thursday May 31, 2001, at Kennewick General Hospital.

He was born in St. Paul, Arkansas and had lived in the Tri-Cities since 1943.  He was a retired Bus Driver for the Hanford Reservation, having driven a bus for 30 years and logging a million accident free miles. Favorite activities included hunting and fishing, master gardening, traveling, playing checkers, and playing the harmonica. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Richland and was actively involved there for many years.

Survivors include sons Rube Edens Barbara, Richland, John Edens Bonnie, St. George, Utah; daughters Iva Fravala Douglas Bill, Deana Wilkerson Lee  and Ruth Dollar Dave all of the Tri-Cities; sisters Ruby Adams and Martha Collins of the Tri-Cities; Cathy Morrow,Harrison, Arkansas, Birdie Smith, Wenatchee, Washington; brothers KlineEdens, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Neil Edens, Richland, Washington, Sam Edens,Tampa, Florida, Amos Edens, Phoenix, Arizona; numerous grandchildren, great

grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his wife, Clearsie Edens, his parents, one brother and two sisters.

Services are scheduled at 1 :OO pm Monday June 4, 2001 at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland.  Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be at Einan's Funeral Home from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials may be made to the Northwest Baptist Home Mission, P.O. Box 477, Burbank, WA 99323.

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  • Dear Brother Maynard aka respectfully Little Brother

    I enjoyed the tradional winters that you spent with Amos and I. But one of the best and funniest memory of you is the winter you came to Phoenix and we had a mini family reunion. Four out of nine siblings wasn’t bad. There was you, Martha Bud, Birdie Frank and Wally and of course Amos and myself.

    Making the most of our visit, we had all been eating in the house together. I would make dinner but after a few days Martha and Birdie would end up making something too. Needless to say it became a smorgasbord. Well on this particular day, Martha and Birdie insisted that I just make dinner for you, Amos and I. But you had become accustomed to three women cooking for you. After all, variety is the spice of life. So as dinner time neared, you looked up at me with that boyish grin of yours and I knew something was up. I could see the wheels turning inside your head. You were not going to have any of this one entree stuff, you wanted smorgas-bord. So you checked briefly at Martha’s, then you went to Birdie’s motor home. When you didn’t come out for a while, it was obvious Birdie had the award winning meal. Martha came in 2nd and I came in 3rd. However, we ended up getting together for dessert and talked and laughed about you going dinner hopping, so all ended well.

    You were smart, intersting and a lot of fun,

    When all is said, you had a good run.

    Your brotherhood, friendship, love and “wonderful smile” will always remain in my heart.

    Love, sister Carol

    Our heartfelt sympathies reach out to our “entire family”, especially to Maynard’s children and their spouses and our sisters and brothers.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Love, Amos and Carol

    Carol Edens
    November 4, 2014
    Surprise, AZ, US
  • It has been my pleasure to know the Eden’s family for fifty three years. The Eden’s always shared their southern hospitality which I have appreciated more than I can say. I treasure my continuing friendship with Iva and we send our sincere sympathy to the whole family on the loss of their parent. Mr.and Mrs. Edens did a great job in raising their family, in a loving and Christian home. We should all be so lucky.

    Love, Dorothy & Vern

    Dorothy & Vern McGhan
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time,

    Maynard will always be remebered by us by his ready smile, and always had an interesting story to tell!

    We know he had a great life and a great family.

    Thinking of you all at this time.

    Love Ray and Barb Demarest

    and Roy and Ella Mae Still

    Ray and Barb Demarest
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Uncle Maynard was a good person and he will be missed. My thoughts are with you children. You take care and we all love you.

    Evelyn & Erwin Spalinger
    November 4, 2014
    Big, Flat, AR, US
  • I remember that Great Grandpa Edens always was smiling. Sometimes he couldn’t hear what I said, and sometimes he wasn’t always able to do things, but I remember he was always smiling. I remember going to his house and always seeing the turtle that lived in his back yard, and I remember the garden that he grew and that rhudabega plant that he had. I remember going to his house and he would always get out the harmonica and play for me. I also remember that his house was always perfectly clean and neat and so was he. He would let me come over when I was younger and I would play with the metal trucks that he had and all the other old toys. I will miss him, but I know he went to heaven and is in a better place now.

    Keith Lee Davie

    Keith Lee Davie
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We are so sorry we cannot be there today for the memorial service for our dear brother, Maynard. At our age we are unable to make that long trip. We will miss Maynard very much, but we know he is so much happier now to be in Heaven with his dear Saviour and his wife, Clearsie.

    Our sympathy and prayers are with the children, their families, and all our other brothers and sisters. Our family will dearly miss our brother.

    Love,

    Cathy and Odell

    Odell and Cathy Morrow
    November 4, 2014
    Harrison, AR, US
  • Uncle Maynaard will always have a special place in our memories. I will always remember visiting Uncle Maynard and Aunt Clearsie in Richland. I thought it was so neat to have an uncle who drove a big city bus. I will also never forget getting disciplined by Aunt Clearsie for knocking a lamp over and breaking a bulb. She was so tall and I dearly respected her stern voice;yet, she was such a kind person. I can only imagine the reunion she and Uncle Maynard are having in Heaven today. We would never want to bring him back to this world after he has experienced the perfect place. To be with Jesus throughout eternity is the goal for all of us. He has won the race set forth for each of us. We love you, Uncle. May the Lord comfort each family member today. Love, Tollie and Sue

    tollie and Sue Sutterfield
    November 4, 2014
    Harrison,, AR, US
  • I will miss my dear Uncle Maynard, and send my love and sympathy to his family.

    Louise Slawson
    November 4, 2014
    Oregon, City, OR, US
  • As a kid I remember wanting to earn some money, so I was able to go to my grandparents house to mow their lawn. They had the lawn mower, and the hand trimmers of which was the hardest part, I had to use both hands! Another fond memory is the times that just one of us Wilkerson grandkids were allowed to spend the night. Now that was special, and I will never forget it.

    Grandpa, you will be missed.

    Pink & Lisa Wilkerson
    November 4, 2014
    Selah, WA, US
  • I would like to say that Maynard was a good husband to my sister, Clearsie. We were glad to have him as part of our family, and we will miss his smiling face. Our prayers are with the children and all the other family members. I am sorry I was unable to attend the memorial service.

    Virginia Treat

    Virginia Treat
    November 4, 2014
    Big, Flat, AR, US
  • Sorry we couldn’t be with the family at this time. Uncle Maynard was a good friend and we have some great memories of the time we spent with him. Joyce remembers well the day Uncle Maynard, Ron and boys floated the Yakima River, and Ron made a video while deer hunting with Uncle Maynard.

    Ron and Joyce Barnes
    November 4, 2014
    Zillah, WA, US
  • Iva: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I never knew your dad was a bus driver. Did you know my dad Smokey, who was also a driver? May time and memories heal your sorrow.

    Louise

    Louise M. Moyers
    November 4, 2014
    Cle, Elum, WA, US
  • Rube and Barbara

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you.

    sharon mcfall
    November 4, 2014
    mesa, AZ, US
  • Dear Brother Maynard aka respectfully Little Brother

    I enjoyed the tradional winters that you spent with Amos and I. But one of the best and funniest memory of you is the winter you came to Phoenix and we had a mini family reunion. Four out of nine siblings wasn’t bad. There was you, Martha Bud, Birdie Frank and Wally and of course Amos and myself.

    Making the most of our visit, we had all been eating in the house together. I would make dinner but after a few days Martha and Birdie would end up making something too. Needless to say it became a smorgasbord. Well on this particular day, Martha and Birdie insisted that I just make dinner for you, Amos and I. But you had become accustomed to three women cooking for you. After all, variety is the spice of life. So as dinner time neared, you looked up at me with that boyish grin of yours and I knew something was up. I could see the wheels turning inside your head. You were not going to have any of this one entree stuff, you wanted smorgas-bord. So you checked briefly at Martha’s, then you went to Birdie’s motor home. When you didn’t come out for a while, it was obvious Birdie had the award winning meal. Martha came in 2nd and I came in 3rd. However, we ended up getting together for dessert and talked and laughed about you going dinner hopping, so all ended well.

    You were smart, intersting and a lot of fun,

    When all is said, you had a good run.

    Your brotherhood, friendship, love and “wonderful smile” will always remain in my heart.

    Love, sister Carol

    Our heartfelt sympathies reach out to our “entire family”, especially to Maynard’s children and their spouses and our sisters and brothers.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Love, Amos and Carol

    Carol Edens
    November 4, 2014
    Surprise, AZ, US
  • It has been my pleasure to know the Eden’s family for fifty three years. The Eden’s always shared their southern hospitality which I have appreciated more than I can say. I treasure my continuing friendship with Iva and we send our sincere sympathy to the whole family on the loss of their parent. Mr.and Mrs. Edens did a great job in raising their family, in a loving and Christian home. We should all be so lucky.

    Love, Dorothy & Vern

    Dorothy & Vern McGhan
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time,

    Maynard will always be remebered by us by his ready smile, and always had an interesting story to tell!

    We know he had a great life and a great family.

    Thinking of you all at this time.

    Love Ray and Barb Demarest

    and Roy and Ella Mae Still

    Ray and Barb Demarest
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Uncle Maynard was a good person and he will be missed. My thoughts are with you children. You take care and we all love you.

    Evelyn & Erwin Spalinger
    November 4, 2014
    Big, Flat, AR, US
  • I remember that Great Grandpa Edens always was smiling. Sometimes he couldn’t hear what I said, and sometimes he wasn’t always able to do things, but I remember he was always smiling. I remember going to his house and always seeing the turtle that lived in his back yard, and I remember the garden that he grew and that rhudabega plant that he had. I remember going to his house and he would always get out the harmonica and play for me. I also remember that his house was always perfectly clean and neat and so was he. He would let me come over when I was younger and I would play with the metal trucks that he had and all the other old toys. I will miss him, but I know he went to heaven and is in a better place now.

    Keith Lee Davie

    Keith Lee Davie
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We are so sorry we cannot be there today for the memorial service for our dear brother, Maynard. At our age we are unable to make that long trip. We will miss Maynard very much, but we know he is so much happier now to be in Heaven with his dear Saviour and his wife, Clearsie.

    Our sympathy and prayers are with the children, their families, and all our other brothers and sisters. Our family will dearly miss our brother.

    Love,

    Cathy and Odell

    Odell and Cathy Morrow
    November 4, 2014
    Harrison, AR, US
  • Uncle Maynaard will always have a special place in our memories. I will always remember visiting Uncle Maynard and Aunt Clearsie in Richland. I thought it was so neat to have an uncle who drove a big city bus. I will also never forget getting disciplined by Aunt Clearsie for knocking a lamp over and breaking a bulb. She was so tall and I dearly respected her stern voice;yet, she was such a kind person. I can only imagine the reunion she and Uncle Maynard are having in Heaven today. We would never want to bring him back to this world after he has experienced the perfect place. To be with Jesus throughout eternity is the goal for all of us. He has won the race set forth for each of us. We love you, Uncle. May the Lord comfort each family member today. Love, Tollie and Sue

    tollie and Sue Sutterfield
    November 4, 2014
    Harrison,, AR, US
  • I will miss my dear Uncle Maynard, and send my love and sympathy to his family.

    Louise Slawson
    November 4, 2014
    Oregon, City, OR, US
  • As a kid I remember wanting to earn some money, so I was able to go to my grandparents house to mow their lawn. They had the lawn mower, and the hand trimmers of which was the hardest part, I had to use both hands! Another fond memory is the times that just one of us Wilkerson grandkids were allowed to spend the night. Now that was special, and I will never forget it.

    Grandpa, you will be missed.

    Pink & Lisa Wilkerson
    November 4, 2014
    Selah, WA, US
  • I would like to say that Maynard was a good husband to my sister, Clearsie. We were glad to have him as part of our family, and we will miss his smiling face. Our prayers are with the children and all the other family members. I am sorry I was unable to attend the memorial service.

    Virginia Treat

    Virginia Treat
    November 4, 2014
    Big, Flat, AR, US
  • Sorry we couldn’t be with the family at this time. Uncle Maynard was a good friend and we have some great memories of the time we spent with him. Joyce remembers well the day Uncle Maynard, Ron and boys floated the Yakima River, and Ron made a video while deer hunting with Uncle Maynard.

    Ron and Joyce Barnes
    November 4, 2014
    Zillah, WA, US
  • Iva: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I never knew your dad was a bus driver. Did you know my dad Smokey, who was also a driver? May time and memories heal your sorrow.

    Louise

    Louise M. Moyers
    November 4, 2014
    Cle, Elum, WA, US
  • Rube and Barbara

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you.

    sharon mcfall
    November 4, 2014
    mesa, AZ, US
  • Dear Rube, Iva & Bill, John, Deana and Ruthie,

    I will always remeber the time your Dad and I went bow hunting in the Blue Mountains. We had talked a lot and he brought this recurve bow to church one Sunday. It had liquid mercury in the handle, he said. It was real nice and we practiced at the range and I helped him get his licenses. When the time came we went to the Tucannon and started hunting. I kept him close and eventually he got a ‘chance’ to shoot this “small” deer. The third time was a charm and we hung it up in camp so he could clean it. When I returned I was literally astonished at the excellent job of “caping out” the deer. Maynard said, no problem…as they skinned goats all the time back home in Arkansas when he was a boy.

    I made him promise to help me cape out my elk if I was fortunate enough to harvest one, and he said ok. For the next ten years or so…until he was about 82, we talked every year in September about him being ready for my call and coming at a moment’s notice.

    I will never forget the wonderful smile he used to get after telling a tale or maybe even stretching the truth a bit to tease. It was never in a hurtful way, and I admired that in Him. I would give it right back and we always talked either before or after church. I talked him into going to the Men’s retreat one year at Camp Ghormley…probably because there was going to be a checker tournament. Between Maynard, my brother Everett McNally and Orelius Jones…I don’t think two evenings was enough time to complete the matches. He beat me soundly, though, and I played on a championship chess team in high school. We also got a group picture on this old pickup used for logging. Of course Maynard and I got one taken together by ourselves too. He told me tales of coon hunting and about some of the rigs they used in Arkansas for hauling some “stuff” which he wasn’t involved with.

    I know he is making “harmonious” music in heaven now, and I am happy for him.

    His friend,

    Dale McNally

    Dale & Sue McNally
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Uncle Maynard.

    Latana Edens Hurwitz
    November 4, 2014
    Coral, Springs, Florida, USA
  • OUR DEAR BROTHER MAYNARD

    In his early years, he helped our Dad work on the family farm.

    He was required to work in the fields and keep us children away from harm.

    He was our big brother and helped raise us kids, and we shall never forget him.

    His light will always shine in our eyes and it will never dim.

    He travelled this land from east to west, looking for a better life.

    He wanted to provide for his children and his always loving wife.

    He found his niche in this Rich-Land, and settled down to stay.

    From then to now and evermore,

    this is where his roots will lay.

    Deep down in his soul, he was a loving man and worshipped the lord in his daily life.

    We shall miss him, for now he has gone to be with his lord and his loving wife.

    In this home of the brave and land of the free, there is one thing we all can share.

    If we live right, and worship the Lord HEAVEN AWAITS, and all of our family and friends will be there.

    Our Brother’s opinions were always strong, and maybe even sometimes wrong, but only he would know.

    He was a proud man who never ran, nor let his inner feelings show.

    In his later years he used the words that mean so much to me and you.

    The words that we shall remember most are those four powerful ones “I LOVE YOU TOO”.

    At last Dear Brother you know what the future holds, for you are with the one who holds it!.

    LOVE AMOS

    Amos Edens
    November 4, 2014
    Surprise, AZ, US