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Edna Mae Stephens Hartley passed away on January 31, 2018, in Tyler, Texas. She was 87 years old. Edna was born in Liberty, North Carolina on August 14, 1931, the daughter of Clyde Stephens and Mary Chilton Stephens. Edna grew up in Liberty, North Carolina. She attended college at Women's College of North Carolina, now known at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. After marrying Lawrence J. Hartley, M.D. she taught school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She lived with her husband in Texas, Colorado and the Philippine Islands while he served in the United States Air Force. In the Philippines, she taught school at Clark Air Force Base. After being discharged from the service, the family settled in Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1962. Edna was active in the garden club, the First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson, the Anchor of Surfside Beach and the Brazoria County Medical Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time on the beach. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Hartley, her beloved daughter, Mary Elizabeth Hartley McLean Correa and her brother, Gerald Stephens.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Larry and Frances Hartley of Greenville, South Carolina, and her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Richard Wilson of Athens, Texas. She is also survived by grandchildren, Sarah Frances Hartley Green and husband Jonny Green, Ashton Hartley Hantjis and husband Mike Hantjis and Joseph Hartley. Also, Melissa Wilson and Katy Wilson Kirksey and husband Holden Kirksey. She has two great-granddaughters, Vivian Hantjis and June Kirksey.
A memorial service will be held at The Hamptons at Pine Forest at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 3, 2018. A private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the charity of your choice.
Published on February 2, 2018
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