Edra Adaline Melnar

October 27, 1930November 21, 2018

Secure in her faith, Edra passed away peacefully at home on November 21, 2018.

Born in Missouri on October 27, 1930, to Robert and Bertha Fergerson, Edra was the youngest of four children. In 1939 the family left Missouri and moved to Santa Paula, California. There Edra spent her growing up years at Olivelands School, and graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1947. In May of 1948 Edra married Edward Melnar, and together they began their long married life working hard and raising a family of three children, Michelle, Michael, Edra Lea.

For many years Edra worked in Santa Paula as a farm accountant for Samuel Edwards Associates. When that family company sold she moved across the street and opened her own Tax and Bookkeeping business. It was there that she became known as a most trust tax preparer and keeper of financial records for her many local clients.

After retirement and the death of her husband in 1994, Edra became reacquainted with an old high school friend Joe Hayes. Together they traveled far and wide, enjoying their later years. An avid bridge player, Edra was always ready to deal a hand.

Edra was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; parents, Robert, and Bertha Fergerson; sister, LaNelle Rentfrow; brothers, Jim, and Buck Fergerson; and her special friend and companion, Joe.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Hart (Ron Woods); son, Michael Melnar (Loretta); daughter, Edra Lea Marsh (Andy); grandchildren, Marc Hart, Macie Whitley, Mallory Engstrom, Matthew Melnar, Karie Marsh, and Kelly Marsh; great grandchildren, Michael, Bryan and Lauren Whitley, Joey Hart, Harper Engstrom, and a new baby Engstrom who’s due in May 2019; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Irma Rios, housekeeper and friend. You are indeed special.

For those friends and family who would like to pay their respect for Edra, a visitation will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, 9:00 to 10:30 A.M., at the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA. Immediately followed by a funeral service being held in her honor at 11:00 A.M.; and burial at the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura, CA.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 30, 2018

Edra Adaline Melnar

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David Moore

November 30, 2018

It's sad to say goodbye to someone as special as Edra. We feel so fortunate to have had her as part of our family for so many years. She was a wonderful blessing for my Dad. They shared such a special relationship as they grew into their golden years together. We will miss her so much. With deepest sympathy, Dave and Lisa Moore

Carol & Rodger McKinley

November 30, 2018

Michelle, Michael, Edra Lee, and Families,

Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.

Edra was a very special family member to us and for over two decades was a part of our lives. It is through our dad Joe Hayes, that we grew to enjoy the stories and perspectives of growing up in Ventura County. We also enjoyed getting regular updates on her family that she clearly loved and cherished.

Edra was there for us and for our dad when he passed. We only wish we could be there for you in your time of grief. Please know that we are thinking of you all and will never forget what a wonderful person Edra was to our family. God bless your family as you remember and celebrate her life.

Carol & Rodger McKinley, Maple Valley, WA

Paul Fairweather

November 28, 2018

To: Michelle, Mike, Edra Lea and Family.
Renee and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, grandmother, great grandmother and our dear friend Edra. We met her through her strong friendship with our Joe Hayes and over the past 21 years our friendship has continued to grow. We greatly miss her and Joe together and their interesting historical discussions of Ventura and Santa Paula back in the days.... Edra was always an informed, intelligent, fun person to talk to and we will greatly miss our monthly visits with her.
She is safe now, a beautiful free spirit at home with God, and waiting for all of us to join her.
You all have our Deepest Sympathy for her Loss. May God Bless All...

Paul & Renee Fairweather, Ventura, CA