Edith Annabelle (Prudden) Stagner was born on June 21, 1923 in Kidder, Mo., to Stephen and Nancy Mae (White) Prudden. Edith was the oldest of seven children and was often their caretaker. The family moved many times between Kansas and Missouri in their youth. Her parents finally settled in Osborn, Mo. Edith left home and moved to Kansas City to live with her aunt and that is when she met John Stagner. They were married on March 11, 1944 and resided in Kansas City, Mo., later moving to Orrick, Mo., in 1955. John and Edith had two children and raised John’s three children from a previous marriage after he lost his first wife in a house fire. Edith resided in Orrick, Mo., for 60 years of her life and lived the final few years at the Lawson Manor in Lawson, Mo.
Edith loved her sisters, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren more than anything in the world. Her second love was her garden and her pets. Edith was held in high regards for the best fried chicken. She was an avid quilter as well. Edith was a wonderful, gentle, forgiving, and nurturing woman who loved without condition. God called her home on Saturday, February 6, 2021 after 97-1/2 years of a wonderful life.
Edith is survived by her son, Alva Taylor Stagner and his wife, Diane of Orrick, Mo., as well as her sisters, Kathy Daniels of Cameron, Mo., Helen “Peggy” White of Kansas City, Mo., and Lila Johnson of Smithville, Mo. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and 68 great-great grandchildren and 22 great-great-great grandchildren.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Nancy Prudden; her husband, John David Stagner; her children, Lila Ann Stagner Thompson, Joseph David Stagner, Mary Louise Stagner Sidwell, and William Elijah Stagner; her siblings, Stephen Prudden, Wauneta Harter, and Sharon Mahan. She was also preceded in death by eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Monday, February 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo.
Funeral services will be held February 15, 2021 at 12:30 p.m., also at the funeral home, with her grandson Bryan Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the North New Garden Cemetery near Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Edie was like a mother to us. She was kind to our family never said one bad thing about anyone. Our family loved her and will miss her.
Terry and Nancy McManigal
I don’t think I’ve ever been around a more caring and pleasant person than Edie. My family and I will never forget the way she loved and took care of my dad. We will always remember her great smile.