Edna Humphrey – November 20, 1932/March 31, 2013

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humphrey_-_march_1364840867Edna Mae Spicer Humphrey, 80, of Granbury, TX, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Born on November 20, 1932, in Montgomery, AL, to William and Audrey Spicer, Edna graduated from SidneyLanier High School in Montgomery, and attended Auburn University, from which she graduated in 1954 with a B.A. in Art.

Following graduation, Edna left home for the state of Texas, hoping to get a job in fashion design.  Instead, she found a job as a draftsman at an airplane plant, where she met and married another draftsman- Howard Humphrey- on April 15, 1955.  Edna followed Howard to Lubbock,TX, where he finished his degree in business and graduated from Texas Tech.  They then returned toDallas, and Edna took on a new career, that of mother to Dana Elizabeth, born in 1959, and William Campbell (Bill), born in 1960. Edna also worked as a freelance artist for several Dallas department stores- including Titche’s and Sanger-Harris. She and Howard later moved to DeSoto, Texas, in 1967, where they served as founding members of the DeSoto Presbyterian Church.


In 1970, Edna and Howard brought home little Anne Katherine, and the family, along with two dogs and a cat, was now complete. Over the years, Edna served many roles in her church- teacher, elder, artist, committee member, youth group sponsor, and Sunday School Superintendent.  She also served as her daughter Dana’s Camp Fire Girl Leader. Edna returned to higher education in the 1970s, earning her teaching certification and, at age 50, a master’s degree in counseling from North Texas Sate University. She taught art at Beltline Elementary and Northside Elementary and later worked as counselor at Cockrell Hill Elementary in DeSoto ISD before retiring in 1997.

In 2002, Howard, her husband of 47 years, passed away, and in 2008 Edna moved to Pecan Plantation near Granbury, TX, where she found a new church and both new and old friends. Her life in Granbury provided a great sense of peace and security, and she felt loved and supported by both her friends and her family. Edna also loved art and traveling. She was an accomplished artist, actively involved in the DeSoto Art League, the Pecan Plantation Art Guild, and the Lake Granbury Art Association. Edna loved to travel and over the years she visited Europe, took a cruise to Mexico, and traveled to parts of Canada, in addition to her many trips all over the U.S. She loved visiting her sister Lib and staying at the beach at Hilton Head. She took a trip to the PrinceEdward Islands with her buddy Betty and took along her granddaughter Courtney, who shares the traveling gene with her grandmother. Despite all her personal accomplishments, Edna said once that her greatest accomplishments are her children- a police officer, a teacher, and a nurse.

One constant in Edna’s life has been her faith in God and His son Jesus Christ. Because of her faith, we know that Edna is being taken care of.

Edna is survived by her children: Dana Humphrey Kato and her husband Gordon of Humble, TX; William Humphrey and wife Nancy of Midlothian, TX; and Anne Humphrey Horn and her husband Brian, of Boyne Falls, MI. In addition, she is survived by seven grandchildren: Courtney Kato of The Woodlands, TX; Megan Kato Schroeder and her husband Adam of Houston, TX; Christopher Kato of Houston, TX; Nathan Flenniken of Odessa, TX; Matthew Humphrey of Midlothian, TX; Tristan Fielder of Fort Stockton, TX, and Allysen Horn of Boyne Falls, MI; as well as three great- grandchildren: Kaylee Schroeder, Sophie Schroeder and Hunter Flenniken. Edna is also survived by two sisters:Elizabeth (Lib) Crouch and her husband, Dr. Micky Crouch, of Augusta, GA, and Virginia Smith and her husband Dean Smith, of Dilley, TX. In addition, Edna also leaves behind six nieces and three nephews, and many, many wonderful friends. Edna is preceded in death by her parents, William and Audrey (Jones) Spicer and her husband, Howard Humphrey, Jr.

Please come celebrate the life of this amazing woman! A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the First Presbyterian Church inGranbury, Texas.

In addition, a visitation will be held at Jaynes Funeral Home in Duncanville, TX, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Tuesday, April 2.

Private internment will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth NationalCemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to MD Anderson Cancer Research athttps://www.mdanderson.org/gifts/faces/make-one-time-donation