Edna Mae Hatley Souvigney, 87, of McIndoe Falls passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. She died at the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab Center surrounded by her loving family, friends, and caretakers. Edna has been reunited with her loved ones gone before her. She accepted the Lord as her savior at the Mud Lick Baptist Church in Clay County, Ky., and is now present with the Lord.
She was born March 4, 1925 in Clay County, Ky., the daughter of Churchill and Flora Smith. Following schooling she worked in Louisville, Ky. She married John Hatley in Cincinnati, Ohio; they moved to East Ryegate, Vt. and farmed on the family farm for several years. The family later moved to McIndoe Falls when John began working for the East Ryegate Paper Mill. They raised six children: Launa, Teresa, Robert (Billy), Kathy, Sandy and Johnnie (Sonny). John was killed in an accident in 1985.
Edna worked as a chef at the old Candlelight Restaurant in St. Johnsbury until her retirement. There she made many lifelong friends. She was a feisty, young at heart, hard working woman, a wonderful mother, grandmother, and devoted friend. She loved traveling back to Kentucky and also traveled to Maryland, Massachusetts, and Old Orchard Beach, Maine with her grandsons. She and her second husband Louis Souvigney went to Florida every winter; they were married in 1990; he passed in 1994.
Edna loved her vegetable and flower gardens, planting and weeding, canning from early spring to late fall, cooking, gardening, crocheting, and taking long walks in McIndoe Falls, the village she loved. She will be greatly missed by everyone she touched. She was a member of the McIndoe Falls Congregational Church and loved working on the Ladies' Aid projects for the church.
Edna lost her daughter Launa and her grandson Frederick (Boo) Gilmour a week apart from cancer. Another grandson Rich Harpin had cancer at the same time, but survived, although he lost his leg. All this stress at the same time was too much for Edna and brought on her stroke. Edna Mae fought a long hard battle after her stroke at the St. J. Rehab. For those who knew her, she was an inspiration to all and battled often with jokes and a smile on her face. She was well known and loved by all her caretakers, but "Sam Sam" was the one she bonded with. Sam made her day, putting on just the right outfit and makeup and nail polish and always making her feel special. Edna Mae had many wonderful caretakers. She loved and looked forward to seeing them each day. Her grandson Rich Harpin was a daily visitor to the Rehab and helped to make her long days happy. He was a great joy to her.
Edna Mae is survived by her four children and families Teresa Cooper, Sandy Hatley of McIndoes, Vt.; Kathryne Gilmour and John (Sonny) and Julie Hatley of Monroe, N.H.; several grandchildren and great and great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, her sisters Lola Murray and Evelyn Boardman of East Ryegate, Vt.; Lattie Joyce (Morris) Smith of E. Bernstadt, Ky and Genetta Green of Baltimore, Md. Edna was predecesed by her parents Churchill and Flora Smith, her children, Launa Smith of Southwick, Mass.; Robert William Hatley of Little Rock, Ark.;. husbands, John Hatley and Louis Souvigney of Springfield, Mass.; sisters Daisy Woods, London, Ky.; Verdie Grubb, Manchester, Ky.; Thelma Smith, Helenwood, Tenn.; Ethel Smith, Louisville, Ky.; brother RJ Smith, Manchester, Ky.; and her beloved grandson Frederick (Boo) Gilmour.
Spring committal services at the Monroe Cemetery will be held May 19.