Edna Harlan

Honored by:James & Terri Sanderson
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(December 13, 1901- April 24, 1967)

Edna Harlan was born Edna Malina White, daughter of B.E. and Anna Martha White, on December 13, 1901, in Marshalltown, Iowa. She had ten brothers and sisters--Amy White Heng, Clarence, Clarence's twin sister (who died at birth), Edward, Herman, Kathryn (died at 4), PEarl White Wilhelmi, Robert, Dorothy White Zewe, and Doris White Randall.

On January 19, 1902, Edna was baptized into the Christian faith, which faith she renewed in the rite of confirmation on May 28, 1916.

Edna attended Arnold School in Marshalltown and was graduated from high school. She took the "normal training course" and taught one year in the Hubbard schools.

On December 20, 1922, Edna married Harry Lee Harlan, a world war I veteran who was a foreman for the Marshall County Highway Department. They lived in Marshalltown until their deaths, both in 1967.

Edna and Harry had two daughters. Kathryn LuVonne Harlan was born on March 8, 1925, and Joan Lee Harlan was born on September 16, 1928. they had four grandchildren from the union of Jim and Kay Rickert--Sandra Kay, Terri Lee, James Harlan, and Tamara Jo.

While her children were in school Edna served as president of the Glick and Junior High PTA and was also an officer on the city PTA council. During her entire life, Edna was an  active member of Elim Lutheran Church. She had served as president of the ALCW of the Marshalltown area, as the chairman of the flower committee of the church, and was active in the Sunday school. She was also a member of the World War I Barracks Auxiliary.

Edna's major hobby was her flower garden. For many years she provided flowers for the church alter, from the first flowers in the spring through the last flowers in the autumn. She also shared them with friends, neighbors, and students from the nearby school. Edna was a fine seemstress, making wonderful clothes for her grandchildren and their dolls. And, as her grandchildren can attest, she made the world's best angel food cakes and lemon meringue pies!

Edna's wonderful love for her family, her God, and her rchurch was a beautiful figt to so many people. She rightly deserves to have a place in this Plaza of Heroines.