Funeral service were held at 10 am on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at United Methodist Church, Alta, with Pastor Terry W. Pollard officiating. Burial was at the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery, Storm Lake.
Visitation was Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barker Funeral Home in Alta. Barker Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of arrangements.
Celesta Maxine Edwards was born on a farm north of Sac City, on July 7, 1925, the daughter of Wilber Allison and Irma B. (Hiersche) Allen. She was baptized on June 26, 1926, in the Sac City Methodist Church and later confirmed in the Aurelia Methodist Church during her 7th grade year.
Celesta spent her early years on farms in the Alta and Aurelia areas, attending country schools at Highview, Brooke, and Aurelia. She graduated from Aurelia Consolidated School in 7th grade and graduated from Aurelia High School in 1943.
On the day following her graduation, Celesta started work at the AAA (now known as the ASC) office in Cherokee. In September of 1941, she attended National business Training in Sioux City. After graduating, she worked as a secretary at the Sioux City stockyards for the Wagner, Garrison & Abbott firm. Celesta moved to Storm Lake after her parents retired, living across from Swallum Hospital (now Methodist Manor). She then worked for the Security Trust & Savings Bank and B.V. County Treasurer's office.
On April 15, 1948, Celesta was united in marriage to Kenneth Richard Edwards at the United Methodist Church, Storm Lake. This union was blessed with four children, Carol, Bruce, Janet, and Joan.
Celesta was a lady of faith and family. She was a member of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church and later became a member of the Alta United Methodist Church. She served as a member of the UMW, Circle Chairman, Pastor Parish Committee, and other various committees within the church. She enjoyed being a greeter and always greeted with a smile. She was also an active member of the Busy Bee Club, Truesdale Farmer's Club, and a 4-H Leader for several years.
In her spare time, Celesta enjoyed quilting, cross-stitch, golfing, baking, playing games, bowling, reading, and spending time on her computer. She enjoyed receiving e-mails from her family and friends, especially e-cards and pictures of family. Celesta enjoyed attending all of the grandkids' and great grandkids' ball games, concerts, and school events. She was always available to help in time of need. She was a caregiver in every sense of the word.
Celesta traveled to Apache Junction, Ariz., in the winter where she loved to spend time with many friends. She loved to play dominoes, jokers, rummikub, shuffle board, swim, and put puzzles together.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Russell Allen.
She is survived by her husband, Dick of Storm Lake; daughter, Carol Lee and her husband Doug of Knoxville, Tenn.; son, Bruce Edwards and his wife Diane of Alta; daughter, Janet Johnson and her husband Jon of Petersburg, Minn.; daughter, Joan Downey and her husband Ed of West Des Moines; 14 grandchildren, Richard, Kirsten, Kerry, Kurt, Kris, Kyle, Jenny, Jason, Jasmond, Christine, Katie, Anna, Stephen, and Elizabeth; eight great grandchildren, Hope, Liam, Cameron, Griffin, Audrey, Marissa, Alex, and Matthew; brother, Edgar Allen and his wife Viola of Aurelia; sister-in-law, Kathleen Allen of Aurelia; and many other relatives and friends.