May 22, 1931 - April 17, 2020
Margery Ann Edman passed away quietly at home on April 17, 2020, after a period of failing health.
Marge was born on May 22, 1931 in Burlington, Iowa to Cecil Andrew Hagerla and Lola Grace Brown. She spent her youth in Iowa and graduated from Winterset High School in 1948.
Tragically, on May 22, 1935, her mother, Lola passed away. Her father later remarried Dorothy Krebs, which brought three new sisters to Marge and her brother, Richard; Charlotte, Joan and Roberta.
Shortly after graduation from high school, Marge went to work in the office of the Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School. It was there she met a young law student, Jim Edman. They fell in love and were married on Sept. 15, 1951 at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, California. They were married for over 60 years until Jim’s passing in 2012.
Jim was called back into the service during the Korean War where he served in the Judge Advocate’s Office in Merced, California, Weisbaden, Germany, London, England, and finally at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.
Marge and Jim were blessed with two sons during this time. Jamie was born in 1953 in England and Jeff was born at Travis AFB in 1956.
Jim retired as a Major in the United States Air Force and the family remained in the Fairfield area.
Marge was a loving and doting mother as they raised their two boys. Her greatest joy in life was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was active in the community. She served on the Falls Elementary School Board and was a member of the Green Valley Country Club. She was the head cheerleader of the family as Jamie and Jeff participated in Little League and High School sports.
Marge was a woman of great faith. She was an active member of the Community United Methodist Church for many years and she later joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she was an active member until her passing.
Marge loved the arts and for many years had season tickets to plays and musicals in San Francisco and loved to introduce her family to other cultural events.
She also loved to play bridge with her many friends and was active in numerous bridge groups for more than 50 years.
In 1976, Jim and Marge bought JME Travel in Vacaville, California where they worked together for 28 years. Marge loved to travel and this new venture gave her the opportunity to travel the world with her many friends as she led them on excursions to all parts of the globe. Her thorough organization, outgoing personality and knowledge made a trip with JME Travel unforgettable for those who joined them.
She is survived by two sisters, Joan Stromberg and Roberta Salzbrun; son, Jamie and his wife, Marsha; grandchildren, Corey (Mark) Meyers, Aaron (Jayne) Edman, Kristin (Jae) Brimhall, Kimberly (Tandy) Baker; and 12 great-children, who affectionately called her GG.
Marge was preceded in death by her son, Jeff; husband, Jim; sister, Charlotte; and brother, Richard Hagerla.
Burial will be private at the Rockville Cemetery, preceded by a small service for family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to charities of choice in her memory.
Arrangements under the direction of Magleby’s Oak Park Hills Chapel.
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