Edna Blanche Stokes
Edna Blanche Stokes, 89, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2019, formerly of Austin, TX, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021 in Cape Coral. She was born May 29, 1932 in Mountain Creek, AL to Otis Cleveland and Mary Elizabeth Headley, now deceased.
Edna was of the Baptist faith and attended First Baptist Church in Dothan, AL. She graduated from Dothan High School in 1950. She worked for Social Security Administration as a receptionist in Dothan, Alabama, Panama City, Florida and Los Angeles, California. She met her husband to be in Panama City, Florida while he was in the Air Force. They had been married for 64 years. In Houston, she was Personnel Manager at Big 3 Industries Plant in Bayport, Texas. She retired in 1991 after a 15-year career with Big 3
She enjoyed traveling with her husband over the years and had been to over 80 countries around the world and been on over 30 cruises. They also had three different RV’s and were in all 50 US States except one. The trips she enjoyed most around the world was a Safari to Africa to see the wild animals in their natural habitat; China and the Great Wall, Terri Cotta Warriors; Egypt and the Pyramids, Sphinx , trip down the Nile. What a wonderful time she had mixing with the different people of the world. They spent many days in their RV in various Campgrounds. One of their most memorable trips was to Yellowstone where they spent almost two weeks. She traveled all along the west coast of the US from Los Angeles to Seattle and from Houston, Texas to Seattle. They also spent about 3 months traveling the North Eastern part of the US. Together they spent many nights under the stars in their travel trailers.
She enjoyed the beach while living in Panama City, Florida. She enjoyed the water but did not swim. Even though she likes to go in the water she never did learn to swim. She and her husband had a house built on Lake Livingston just north of Houston. She loved to go there on weekends to get away from work. It was her relaxing time. They had a pontoon boat and spent many days out on the Lake or going to Pine Island to swim on the beach. Always to Mexican food on Friday and BBQ on Saturday.
She was an avid quilter. She spent many hours in her own sewing room quilting beautiful quilts.
She made quilts for all of the grandchildren which they all cherish to this day. She made over 200 pillowcases from fabric that had children’s themes. She donated these to the Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas. She was always looking for ways in her sewing to benefit other people.
She loved to cook. She had a closet full of cookbooks and would order new ones periodically. She was always trying new recipes, and some would turn out very good and others not so. She liked to make the Sytrian food from receipts she got by watching her husband’s grandmother. cook. Being from the south she was introduced to many types of food when she first got married.
She is survived by her loving husband, Edward Stokes; children, Edward William Stokes, III (Tracey) of Cape Coral, Elizabeth Ann Stokes of Fort Myers, and Gregory Alan Stokes (Michele) of Frisco, TX; eight grandchildren: Hope Stokes of Sequin, Texas, Taylor Powell (Austin) of Kingsville, Texas; Edward Stokes IV of Cape Coral, Florida; Jack Stokes of Boise, Idaho; Ethan Stokes of Cape Coral, Florida; Gabrielle Winkles (Mason) of Wichita Falls, Texas; Lily Stokes of Frisco, Texas; and Samuel Stokes of Frisco, Texas, and two great grandchildren: Christopher Powell and Brantley Powell of Kingsville, Texas.
No formal services are planned at this time.
Memorial Contributions in memory of Edna Blanche Stokes are suggested to a children’s hospital in your area.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.