Originally Published: November 5, 2015 6:02 a.m.
On Oct. 3, 2015, at age 95, Imogene U. Edwards passed away peacefully in her home. She moved to Prescott from Washington D.C. 11 years ago and treasured her final years living with her two daughters. Born Bonnie Imogene Underwood in Rives, Tennessee, she enjoyed a small town Southern childhood.
Imogene received a Bachelor's Degree from Colorado State University and a Master's Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Home Economics. Following an early career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a food specialist, Imogene worked for 26 years at the CIA in Washington D.C. beginning in 1954. She rose through the ranks to become one of the first women economic analysts at the Langley Virginia headquarters. After her retirement in 1980, Imogene volunteered at the University of Maryland Extension Service. She helped families in need with food preparation and preservation, nutrition and family financial counseling. In 1967, she met and fell in love with John B. Edwards, her husband of 37 years. Following John's passing in 2004, Imogene moved to Arizona to be with her family.
She is survived by her son William Joseph Erro and his wife Cheryl Erro; her daughter Elise Erro and daughter by marriage, Melanie Edwards; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. She leaves behind one sister; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the care team of Granite Mountain Home Care and Hospice for their special help and healing for Imogene and her family in her last days and hours.
Imogene's lifelong creed was the ever ready question, "How can I help?" In her honor and in lieu of flowers, please make your donation by check referencing Imogene Edwards to Granite Mountain Hospice, 3107 Clearwater Drive, Prescott, AZ 86305.
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