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Edna (Eddie Johnson) Foster, age 91 of Clifton formerly of Valley Mills passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Clifton. Graveside services were held Monday, March 10 at the Valley Mills Cemetery under the direction of Foss Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Edna Eyrle Richardson was born on March 3, 1923 to Malvin and Sylvia Richardson. She was a farm girl and being the oldest was branded dads “right hand man.” Her three(3) siblings Dixie Dean, Jay Lee, Kenneth Wayne have all preceded her in death. To her parents, Brothers and sister she was always called simply “Sister.” She married Robert Bruce (R.B.) Johnson in 1943 while he was serving in the Army Air Corp in the middle of WWII. They had 50 years together before his death in 1993. They had two children, Robert Earl (Bobby) and Mary Elizabeth (Beth). They will attest to having the best parents God ever put on earth. “Mama could plow a field, pick cotton, milk the cows and have dinner on the table when Daddy came home from work. And…look like a movie star that evening!” To her friends, everyone knew her and called her Eddie. Friendship to her meant something. Across this country there are many people that were taken into her home, lived there for a day or months; people given financial help or simply a hand up when they needed it simply because Eddie Johnson thought it was the right thing to do. Eddie Johnson was absolutely the least judgmental person I ever knew. Whatever the situation you were in, no matter the color of your skin or where you came from, she would help you. Fifteen years ago she met and married her second “Love of her Life,” and she became Mrs. Calvin Foster. What a wonderful man and what a love affair. He called her “Tweety Bird” and my children called this pair “Moe-Moe and Grandpa Cal.” A life-long member of the Church of Christ, she was a person who lived her faith. Everyone that came into Edna Eyrles life was better for it. To my father R.B., she was “Big Red.” To her friends she was “Eddie,” and to her husband she was “Tweety Bird.” But to Beth and I she was simply “MaM” and we shall miss her terribly. Survivors include husband: Calvin Foster of Clifton; a son, Bobby Johnson and wife Inday of Oregon; a daughter: Beth Powers of Oregon; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Please join us in remembering Eddie by visiting our guest book fossfuneralhome.com.
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