Edna Earle Alexander Smith, of El Campo, (formerly of Sweeny), died May 2, 2019. She was born to Bessie Mae French Alexander and Earl Gray Alexander July 10, 1922 on the family farm near Wellington in Collingsworth County. Edna graduated from Wellington High School (1939), Clarendon Junior College (1941), and West Texas State College in Canyon (1944) with a bachelor of science degree. She married Kennard Smith Feb. 3, 1942 in Canyon, and their marriage was blessed with a son and three daughters.
In 1957, their family relocated from Borger to Sweeny where Edna taught in Sweeny ISD for over 20 years. After retiring in 1982, she was a continuing member of the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), and the local Retired Teachers Association in Brazoria County. Her interests in education and love of reading resulted in her enthusiastic support of the local school libraries, where she volunteered for many years. She also pursued an interest in history and genealogy leading to active membership in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT).
Edna and Kennard were members of the First United Methodist Church of Sweeny until their deaths. Edna is remembered by her family as a faithful Christian who comported herself with dignity, grace and compassion for others throughout her life.
During retirement, Edna’s adventurous spirit and passion for learning led her to travel the world, including trips to Israel, Russia, Belgium, England, Germany and France. Her travels and support have inspired the next generation of her family in their own educational pursuits.
She is survived by her children, S. Kennard Smith (Jeanie) of Boise, Idaho, Betty Leach (Jim) of El Campo, Alexa Sparkman (Roy) of Austin and Frances Towers (Jim) of Beaumont. She has seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A sister-in-law, Betty Jo Alexander of Austin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Her husband of 42 years, her parents, her brother, J.T. Alexander and her sister, Louise Orr Craft, preceded Edna in death.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 207 E 1st St., Sweeny. She will be laid to rest at the Sweeny cemetery next to her husband.
Her grandsons and grandson-in-law will serve as pallbearers.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Sweeny Elementary School Library or the FUMC-Sweeny, 207 E 1st St., Sweeny, TX 77480.
Condolences may be left for the family online at www.triskafuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.