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Ava Villars Edmonson


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It is with profound sadness that the family of Ava Villars Edmonson of Albuquerque, formerly of Roswell, announce her peaceful passing on May 10, 2021 at the age of 93 years old.

Ava began life’s journey August 12, 1927 in Colfax County, IN, and was the daughter of Edith and Ralph Villars. She married Harold Edmonson on December 24, 1947 in Danville, IN. They were married 64 wonderful years before he died on April 19, 2012.

She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and gentle grandmother. She was a true example of the love of Jesus. She never said unkind words, she loved unconditionally, and she extended forgiveness where most would not. She was smart, witty, strong, and kind. She enjoyed reading, sewing, music, and helping others. She traveled everywhere to watch graduations, attend birthday celebrations, dance recitals and competitions, baseball, and soccer games. She was a family hero and breast cancer survivor who was the epitome of strength and courage. She was a volunteer in the Salvation Army and in her 80s drove the “old ladies” to church and played the piano during services.

She had the heart of a servant and worked as a homemaker, missionary, and pastor’s wife in Ganado, AZ, Suacoco, Liberia, West Africa, El Paso, Austin, Gonzales, and Rockport TX, Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Farmington, NM, and Monument Valley, UT. Roswell became her home in 1988.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her youngest son, Jeffrey Edmonson, two brothers, and two sisters.

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She is survived by her children Alan and Bernadette Edmonson, of Albuquerque and Sarah and James Cieslik of Corpus Christi, TX, her brother Gerald Villars of Frankfort, IN, sister-in-law Elaine Edmonson of Port Orchard, WA, and in-laws Larry and Cory Edmonson of Pittsford, NY.

Mightier than a wave of the sea was her love for her grandchildren. She is survived by grandchildren Crystal and Jeff Levonius of Dallas, TX, Amorette and Justin Miller of Birmingham, AL, Alan Jr. and Andrea Edmonson of Carlsbad, and Noland and Gabriela Edmonson of Las Cruces, Hannah and Matthew Doster, Rebekah, and Abigail Cieslik of Corpus Christi, TX.

Her great grandchildren often told her she was not just their great grandma, she was a truly great grandma. She was loved fully by 17 great grandchildren who appreciated that even in her old age she knew how to email, text, Facetime, and always sent appropriate emojis. #coolgrandma. Great grandchildren include Brendan, Lauren Ava, Lachlan, Ethan, Caden, Camden, Justin, Madilyn, Landon, Grayson, Gilbert and wife Nadya, Maddux, Addison, Brooklyn, Alexa, Aleah, Nolan, and great great grandchild Zaid.

Visitation is at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home at 9:00 am on Sunday, May 16, 2021. A memorial and graveside service are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospitals.

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