Linna Davis Edwards

    Linna D. Edwards, 79, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
    She was born June 21, 1936, in Cherokee County to Oscar and Josie Allen Davis. She was raised in the Unaka commuity. She attended Hiwassee Dam High School and was valedictorian of her graduating class. 
    After high school graduation, she moved to Atlanta, Ga., where she met her husband, Jack D. Edwards. They married on Nov. 5, 1954. Shortly after their wedding, they moved to Oklahoma City, where they have resided since.
    After nearly 28 years, Linna retired June of 2001 from INSURICA, formerly known as North American Group, as associate vice president. She had a distinguished insurance career earning considerable professional recognitions.
    She also served on the boards of directors for several organizations, including the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma.
    As an active member of Southern Hills Baptist Church, she served as teacher of a Women’s Sunday School Class for 26 years.
    She was passionate about gardening, enjoying planting and raising flowers.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.  
    She is survived by her husband, Jack; daughter, Diane Powers (Mike) of Sherwood, Ark.; son, David Edwards (Jana) of Oologah, Okla.; grandchildren, Amber Hefner, Todd Hefner (Vennetta), Ashlee Edwards, Nate Edwards and fiancee, Ellen;  and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Joslyn Hefner. She also is survived by her sisters, Corena Russell (James) and Lois Julian (Allen), all of North Carolina.
    Memorial services to celebrate Linna’s life were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
    Friends may visit www.vondelsmithmortuary.com to leave online condolences.