Edna Rainwater Gordon
Edna Rainwater Gordon, 101, died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by loved ones on June 9, 2021, at her home in Melbourne, FL.
Her family traveled across Texas in a covered wagon to eventually settle in Scurry County, TX. She was born in 1920 in Cuthbert, TX to Richard and Eva Hester. Her father was a Baptist minister and farmer.
At the age of 13, Edna obtained her first driver’s license at a time when she only needed to sign her name and pay a quarter. She proudly shared that she drove for 83 years without a single accident.
Edna became an accomplished artist in her 50s. She left behind hundreds of paintings for family and friends to enjoy.
Friends drove Edna to worship at the Winter Garden Primitive Baptist Church, Winter Park, FL, which is led by Pastor Ray Blanchard and Elder Glenn Blanchard. She was a woman of strong faith, who demonstrated a love for others every day.
Asked how she wanted to be remembered, Edna said: “When people (friends) came, the house might not be spotless, but they were always welcome.”
Edna was predeceased by her first husband Tinsley Albert Rainwater, her second husband, Bishop Gordon, her sons Jerry and Albert, granddaughter Tinney, and ten brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Giles and Tonya, grandchildren Malcolm (Bonnie), Brandi (Ry), Sabrina (Collin), Kali and Blake, six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne is handling local arrangements. A service will be held Saturday June 19, 2021, at 2:00 PM. Additional information can be found on their website at https://brownliemaxwell.com
A memorial service will be held later this year in Scurry County, TX, where she will be laid to rest in Ira Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice at https://hf.org/ways_to_help/donate.cfm. In window: Please direct my support: Hospice of Health First.