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Frances Adair Edmonson

June 12, 1925October 27, 2020

Frances Adair Edmonson, 95, passed away October 27, 2020 at her home in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mrs. Edmonson was born June 12, 1925 in Ceres, VA. She was the daughter of the late Bennett F. and Gay H. Adair of Richmond, VA. Mrs. Edmonson grew up in Pulaski, VA and Richmond, VA, graduated from Mary Washington College in 1946 and taught home economics until her marriage.

She was married June 2, 1951 to William H. Edmonson, Jr., who preceded her in death on October 30, 2003. They were married 52 years. Also preceding her in death was her son, John P. Edmonson, her sister, Elizabeth A. Fairly and her brother, Bennett F. Adair, Jr.

Mrs. Edmonson was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her attention to detail made every visit and event special. Her love for her country was evident as she spent 20 years traveling alongside her husband, a Major in the United States Air Force, including military bases in Panama and Okinawa. She developed a life-long passion for providing opportunities for those with special needs after the birth of their youngest son, John. She and her husband settled in Harrisonburg, VA after his retirement in 1971, where Mrs. Edmonson volunteered with the ARC of Harrisonburg and Area 4 Special Olympics. She was instrumental in founding The Op Shop, which was recently renamed the Simon-Edmonson Center in her honor. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Edmonson had a wonderful life.

She is survived by her sons, William F. Edmonson of Middletown, VA, and Robert A. Edmonson and his wife, Machelle, of Milpitas, California; four grandchildren: Marcie G. Stern and husband, Chuck, of Stephens City, VA, Kara E. Strosnider and husband, Matt, of Strasburg, VA, Michael R. Edmonson and fiancée, Kathy, of Fremont, California and Adrienne Edmonson of Des Moines, Iowa; and two nephews: Keith Fairly and his family of Center Cross, VA and Ronald Edmonson of Murphysboro, Illinois. She is also remembered with love by her former daughter-in-law, Teresa Edmonson of Stephens City, VA, who remained a dear friend.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 PM Friday, November 6, 2020 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, November 7, 2020. Burial services will be at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Pastor John Lock will officiate.

Because of her dedication to those with special needs, memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Industries (801 Friendship Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802), ARC of Harrisonburg/Rockingham, Op-Shop and The Simon-Edmonson Center (620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802), Special Olympics Area 4 (21 Southgate Court, Suite 10, Harrisonburg, VA 22801) and Pleasant View, Inc. (P.O. Box 426, Broadway, VA 22815).

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and Condolences may be sent to www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.


  • Friendship Industries
  • ARC of Harrisonburg/Rockingham, Op-Shop and The Simon-Edmonson Center
  • Special Olympics Area 4
  • Pleasant View, Inc.
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Virginia Reed

October 31, 2020

My prayers go out to the lovely family of Frances, may the Lord be with each of you as you moan the loss of this lovely lady.

I got to know Frances in my adult years, through her relationship with my mother, as Frances was my mother's best friend. Frances's love for the Lord, her kindness, patience, and love for others were some of her endearing qualities. Each time I visited, she always shared the happenings of her family and you could see her eyes light up, showing how she loved each of you. All who knew Frances were blessed by her.

I pray God brings each of you His strength, courage, comfort, and peace as you moan the loss of your mother/grandmother.

Susan Geisen

October 30, 2020

To The Edmonson family,
I was saddened to hear of your Moms passing. She was one of the kindest people I had the gift of knowing. My mother, Helen, was blessed to have had her as a neighbor for the past 40 years. I will never forget Frances. May God give you comfort in the days ahead. Susan and family


October 30, 2020

I wanted to let you know I was sorry to learn of your mother's death.
I don't know if you remember me, but I was a nurse working with your brother John at Bridgewater Home. I am now a Hospice Chaplain with First Choice Hospice.
I have many fond memories of John, and of you and your mother when you visited with John.
Your mother was so sweet and I enjoyed talking with her.
My sympathy and prayers for peace and comfort for you, your brother and the rest of your family.
Karen Burke


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