Plummer - Edna Hyde, 88, a long time resident of the Plummer area, died on Sunday, December 18, 2005 after a brief hospitalization at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 22, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, with Rev. Jonathan Dodson officiating. Interment will be held at the Hillside Memorial Cemetery in Walhalla, N.D.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 (today), at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.
Edna Blair was born on June 19, 1917, the daughter of David and Grace (Wessels) Blair, near Park Center, N.D. She was baptized and confirmed at Park Center Church and grew up working on the farm with her Dad and three brothers. Edna married Lloyd Karel and had one son, Gerald. After Lloyd’s death she worked in the area. On October 25, 1944 she married Mervin Hyde, rural Neche, ND. The couple farmed in North Dakota until 1947, when they moved, with their sons to a farm near Brooks. Edna was always active on the farm and she especially enjoyed caring for the animals and milking cows. They moved to Plummer in 1985. In addition, she worked at the bakery in Red Lake Falls, sold Avon for 19 years and wrote the local news for several papers.
Edna made hundreds of special occasion cakes and was known locally as “The Cake Lady.” She was gregarious, had a great sense of humor and loved playing cards and entertaining. For many years she hosted a mid-June picnic for family and friends. She kept a special candy drawer in her kitchen for the neighborhood children who all called her Grandma. She enjoyed doing crafts, ceramics, and quilting and was especially proud to have completed a velvet piece quilt.
Edna was active in the Hollyhocks Homemakers Club, Birthday Clubs, Plummer Senior Citizens and the Presbyterian Church in Plummer. When the church closed she joined Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Edna is survived by sons, Dennis Hyde of Ponsford, and Roger Hyde of Plummer; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lloyd Karel and Mervin Hyde; son, Gerald Karel; one granddaughter; and brothers, Merle, Percy and James Blair.