Mahala Jean Edwards

August 11, 1929July 8, 2021

Edwards, Mahala Jean age 91, a long-time resident of Monroe, died Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Wellspring Health Care Center in Cincinnati. She was born August 11, 1929 in Barbourville Kentucky, the daughter of Grover C. and Ellen Frances (Gilbert) Smith.

Mahala graduated from Berea College High School, Berea, Kentucky where she met her loving husband, Arnold Edwards. She was employed for many years as a Merchandise Manager for women’s fashions at the J.C. Penny department store in the Dayton Mall.

She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Schroer (husband, Jim), Debra Edwards, Beth Edwards (husband, David Deegan); two granddaughters, Susan Ostreicher (husband, David) and Emily Welcker (husband, Chris); one grandson, Michael Schroer (wife, Aubrie); and six great grandchildren, Rosalind, Georgia and Abram Schroer; and Solomon, Esther and Morris Ostreicher. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three sisters, Ora Clark, Ada Bradley and Marie Wilson; and three brothers, Ed Smith, Grover C. Smith Jr., and Earl Smith.

Funeral services will be 2 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at the Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 South Sutphin St., Middletown, OH 45044 with Dr. Dan Flory officiating. Visitation will be from 1 pm until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at Grace Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Queen City Hospice, 4605 Duke Dr., Suite 220, Mason, OH 45040. A guestbook is available at


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021


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Susan Stanton

July 11, 2021

Pat Ellis

July 11, 2021

Barbara, Debbie, Beth and Family. So sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was an incredible lady, friend, and neighbor. We certainly have missed both your Mom and Dad since our move to the Beach. The family that she was so proud of has grown.

God's blessing to everyone.

Pat and Jim Ellis

Susan Ostreicher

July 10, 2021