Edna DeVault 1917-2019
Edna Irene (Lierheimer) DeVault, 101, of Mexico, died Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at King’s Daughters Home in Mexico.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Presbyterian Church with burial following at the church cemetery. Visitation was Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Arnold Funeral Home.
Edna was born on November 18, 1917 in Mexico, Mo. to George F. and Lillie (Erisman) Lierheimer.
She attended Bean Creek Country School for eight years and then Mexico High School. She then attended Kirksville State Teachers College two years and taught in several rural schools in Audrain County. Later, she graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Elementary Education. Edna taught at Eugene Field School in Mexico for 26 years, substituted for several years after and was the recipient of the Pioneer in Education from Mexico Public Schools.
In 1942, she married Francis H. DeVault at the First Presbyterian Church in Mexico and they lived on Devault Farms all their married life.
Edna loved to help on the farm, helping with chores, driving tractors, trucks and running errands when and where needed. She enjoyed her garden, flowers, making quilts by hand, reading, playing cards and being around friends and relatives, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church all her life and was also an Elder Emeritus of the church. A member of Audrain County Retired Teachers Association and Missouri State Teachers Association, member of Delta Kappa Gamma National Educational Sorority, member of Golden K Kiwanis of Mexico and International, member of Women of the Moose – Local and International, volunteered at the Missouri Veterans Home, member of Helping Hand Circle of King’s Daughters of Mexico.
She loved to travel and was in every state except Alaska and Hawaii.
Edna is survived by a son, Charles (Georgia) DeVault of Mexico; a daughter-in-law, Marjorie Devault of Mexico; grandchildren, Troy (Annette) DeVault of Columbia, Cindy (Sean) Phillips of Mexico, Fred (Julie) DeVault of Mexico, Ted (Treena) DeVault of Mexico and Kimberly DeVault of Columbia; 11 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; a son Donald; two brothers, Paul Lierheimer and William Lierheimer; and three sisters, Elizabeth Deichman, Frances Forsee and Norma Hammel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to King’s Daughters Home, Bethel Presbyterian Church or the donor’s choice.
Condolences at www.arnoldfh.com
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