Maggie B. Edwards

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 14, 2007

SMITHFIELD—Maggie Elizabeth Baker Edwards, 97, died Nov. 11, 2007, in Riverside Convalescent Center.

Mrs. Edwards, born Feb. 18, 1910, was the daughter of John Wingfield and Maggie Hargrave Baker of Surry.

She was the youngest and last surviving of six Baker children. She was a lifelong homemaker, but also retired after many years as an employee of The Oaks Veterinary Clinic.

In addition, she supplemented farm income for many years as a well-known seamstress in the Smithfield community.

She was a tireless member of Benn’s United Methodist Church, where she served on the administrative board and was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Grace Hodsden Bible Class. She was a longtime member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

In addition to her parents and siblings, Mrs. Edwards was predeceased by her husband, Philip F. Edwards Sr. and a daughter, Elizabeth (Betty Baker) Edwards Ryder.

Survivors include two sons, Philip F. Edwards Jr. and wife Connie and John B. Edwards and wife Anne, all of Smithfield; son-in-law, Albert Ryder of Columbia, N.C.; grandchildren, Victoria Shea of Hamilton, Va., Jacqueline Myers of Harrison, Tenn., Philip F. Edwards III of Smithfield, Beth Edwards of Chesterfield, John B. Edwards Jr. of Smithfield, Sarah Tucker of Smithfield, Amy Ryder of Philadelphia, Alan Ryder of Hardin, Mont.; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was conducted at Historic St. Luke’s Cemetery Tuesday. The Rev. Mark Burgess of Benn’s United Methodist Church officiated.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Benn’s United Methodist Church Building Fund, 14571 Benn’s Church Blvd., Smithfield, VA 23430 or the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431.