Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home & Rest Hills Memorial Park
7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock, AR
February 16, 1925 – July 8, 2019
Edna May Thirion nee Davis, 94, of North Little Rock, died peacefully Monday, July 8, 2019, with family at her side. Edna was born in Los Angeles, California, to Edgar and May Davis. She was married to Emile (Booster) Thirion for 64 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, her brothers Roy and Leo Davis and sister Phyllis Kettner and great granddaughter Braylee Michelle. Edna is survived by her ten children: Linda Gatewood, Mary Johnson, Jean Hughes, Doris McAllister (Robby), Michael Thirion (Michawn), Mark Thirion (Liz), Emily Thirion-Lacy, Theresa Johnson (Craig), Leah Williams (Larry), and Jane Nolan (Brian). She has 25 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. Edna attended Los Angeles City College and later nursing school in San Diego. At an American Legion Dance with her family, she met a young U.S. Marine, married and moved to North Little Rock. In addition to being a wife, she was a homemaker and mother. She loved caring for her children and grandchildren. Edna loved to read and ingrained this desire in her children. While making dinner she encouraged her children to read out loud at the kitchen table. She was active in their education; assisting with spelling words, science fair projects and shuttling children to sports activities, dance and music lessons, scouts and a variety of other activities. It was important to her for her children to be well rounded. Edna enjoyed swimming and passed that love on to her children. The family spent many summer days at the lake swimming and fishing. She had a passion for sewing, knitting and crocheting. She found comfort in being outdoors and you could find her sitting in the backyard swing her husband built for her. She enjoyed time gardening and passed those skills on as a legacy, watching her children and grandchildren build beautiful vegetable gardens and landscapes. She loved watching and listening to the song birds; robins and cardinals were her favorite. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Easter Seals of Arkansas. Visitation will be Saturday, July 13, at 9 am with Memorial Services at 10 am followed by burial at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock. To share a memory of Edna with the family visit www.griffinleggettresthills.com
- Visitation Saturday, July 13, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, July 13, 2019
July 12, 2019
Grandma thank you so much for everything you did for me. You gave me a shovel and let me dig in the dirt. I found worms and bugs and would get so dirty, but you let me play anyway. Later you taught me how to garden. The garden in the yard today you told me what to plant and where to put it. It was just a few days ago I was picking snow peas to eat with you straight from the garden. I look at it and it makes me happy.
I remember when my cousins and I dug a huge hole on thanksgiving right in the middle of the garden. Instead of being angry you just told us to fill it in. You never got angry or frustrated, you were always calm, caring and gentle. You taught me about birds, and we made feeders out of everything, and when I needed a science fair project you let me hatch chickens in the back room. Then, I wanted to keep some you told me where to put the pen. My chickens quickly became your chickens and followed you around the yard and hopped up on the swing when you sat there. I love that you always knew what I needed. You helped sew my Indian dance regalia and would sit all day watching us dance. You attended most of my Jazz Ensemble concerts from Memphis to Branson to Saint Louis to Subiaco. When life and school got really hard you would say, just take it one day at a time. I am going to miss you. You and Grandpa where so important in my life. I will try to do you proud.
July 11, 2019
Linda, so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. What a great lady. I pray that the sadness of this day is soon eased by precious memories. God bless.
Candy Fields Wright
NLRHS Class of '65
Nancy Killion Moix
July 10, 2019
Linda and family.....you are all in my thoughts and prayers for comfort in the loss of your mother.
July 10, 2019
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. Remembrance of her is doing for others. Like me when I was 16 years old and had a major car accidented. She was there to nurse me back to health along with my best friend Dawn Marie too. With you in my loving memories forever your 1st grandchild. Helen M Skinner
July 9, 2019
I could not have been more blessed with such an amazing Grandmother. I have never met anyone like her. She was always positive, supportive, and the best person for advice and comfort. I will never forget all the things she taught me over the years from sewing/knitting to our love of growing sunflowers to financial wisdom. She touched many people's lives and was the backbone to this huge amazing family she created.
Grandma will ALWAYS be my hero, my role model, and my backbone. She is greatly missed, but will forever be in my heart until we meet again. <3
Nita Thirion Markley
July 8, 2019
Love and prayers to all the family. I have many fond memories of “Aunt” Edna when I was a child. Remember her sewing my dance costumes. Such a sweet lady, you were so lucky to have her in your lives.