Edna Hargrave

Edna Muriel Hargrave

Friday, July 7th, 1922 - Monday, April 22nd, 2019
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Edna Muriel Hargrave, 96 died at 12:05 AM on April 22, 2019, at the Hood River Care Center, in Hood River Oregon. She was a resident of Hawks Ridge in Hood River where she lived for the past 4 1/2 years.

Edna had three sons, Russell and Randy are living, and Robert died in 2009. Edna has five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, living in North Carolina and Mosier, Oregon.

Edna was born on July 7, 1922 to Fred and Alice Maunder. She was born in Southampton while the family was en-route to join Edna’s father in occupied Germany. Edna had 4 siblings, Lal, Stanley, Bette, and Brian. She was raised in London, England, and served in the Royal Navy armed forces during WWII. After the war she moved to America, got married, and became a naturalized US citizen.

Edna and her husband Russell built a house on rural land outside of Poughkeepsie, NY and raised their family there. Edna earned her high school equivalency diploma, then an Associate’s degree from community college, then to Vassar College where she graduated with Honors, and then attended Bank Street College in New York City where she earned her Master’s degree in Education. Edna worked for 30 years as an elementary school teacher at public and private schools in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Edna was passionate about all aspects of life, she loved it! She would get up before dawn, often singing as she made a cup of tea and charged into her daily activities. She loved children, she loved books, especially novels, poems, and children’s books. Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, and AA Milne were some of her favorite authors. She loved opera and asked that Nabucco by Verde be played at her funeral. She loved teaching, and she loved being a mother and a grandmother.

Edna’s natural burial and life celebration service will be 1:00 PM, Sunday, April 28th at Great River, the family's private land, on Carroll Road in Mosier (45°38'59.4"N 121°21'54.2"W)). A reception will be held at 3:00 PM at 1960 Dry Creek Road at Rus & Stephanie Hargrave's residence at 1960 Dry Creek Road in Mosier Oregon (45°39'01.0"N 121°21'14.6"W). A viewing was held at 1:00 PM on Friday April 26 at Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

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The funeral will be at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 28, on Carroll Road in Mosier Oregon (45°38'59.4"N 121°21'54.2"W).


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Dave Clark

Posted at 08:53pm
Dave Clark
My sadness is only eased by the joyful remembrance I hold in my heart for Edna. She charged forward in all of her endeavors with an indomitable spirit and it was a true privilege to know her. Indeed, my friendship with the Hargrave family profoundly affected my life beyond measure. To have had such good fortune for which I am forever thankful could only have been by God’s will. May He continue to bless us all.


rus Posted at 09:47am

Thnx Dave, great to hear from you

mark demartine

Posted at 08:23am

Edna was a grand old lady. Lord, bless her soul in Heaven and her memory on Earth.

rus Posted at 09:48am

Thnx very much Mark, great to hear from you

Sharon Piraino-Buko

Posted at 08:33am
I often wondered where in life Mrs. Hargrave went, but she was the best Kindergarten teacher, and the only one I remember for many years, as well as so many other people here in Poughkeepsie, New York. St. Peter's School, Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, PM Class of 1964-1965.
Sharon Piraino-Buko
Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York

rus Posted at 09:45am

Thnx Sharon, my mom was really devoted to teaching, and she got of lot of satisfaction out of it too.

Linda Molinaro

Posted at 08:10am
So sorry to hear of Mrs. Hargrave’s passing. She was the best kindergarten teacher this (very) shy little girl could have had (53 years ago). Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Linda (Campala) Molinaro, St. Peter’s School, Poughkeepsie, NY alumnus

rus Posted at 09:46am

Thnx for your kind words Linda

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