Geneva L. Edwards, 83, of Wallowa, died Oct. 20, 2003. at home.

She was born March 25, 1920 in Wallowa to Earl and Mary Schaeffer. She was the granddaughter of Henry and Viola (Powers) Schaeffer, the first couple married in Wallowa County.

After graduating from Wallowa High School in 1938, she worked first for Cecil Chrisman Law Office and then Bates Lumber Company. She married Ivan M. Johnson in 1940. Together they operated a cattle ranch in the Lower Valley until retirement and moved into town in the late 1970's. After Ivan's death in 1990, she married John Edwards in 1993 until his death later the same year.

Mrs. Edwards was an active volunteer for Wallowa Methodist Church as organist, Sunday school teacher and secretary/treasurer. She also donated her time to the Wallowa City Library as a board member and librarian and was a member of the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She instilled a love of music in her many piano student, and enjoyed the companionship of family and friends, entertaining, cooking and traveling. She will be remembered by those who knew her for her kindness, generosity and youthful enthusiasm.

Survivors include her twin brothers Ron Schaeffer of Portland and Don Schaeffer of Wallowa and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Ivan Johnson and John Edwards.

Interment took place at Bramlet Memorial Cemetery in Wallowa on Oct. 24. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa County Hospice or the charity of the giver's choice.

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