Edwynne L. Horst, 100, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2009 at home. Edwynne, in her later years known as Miss Daisy, was born to Claude and Florence Felix in Downs, Kansas. Her early years were spent in Kansas and later moved to Muscatine, Iowa at nine years of age. She received an Associate Degree in education at Iowa Teachers College, now the University of Northern Iowa. She married her childhood sweetheart, Leland J. (Deac) Horst in 1931.
Edwynne taught kindergarten and first grades in Muscatine until her retirement in 1973 at which time they moved to Estes Park, Colorado. Her love of teaching children carried over to the church where she taught the beginners classes for 53 years. Upon retirement, her volunteer activities and civic involvement included the Rocky Mountain National Park, MacGregor Ranch, Estes Park Senior Center, the Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the Elizabeth Guild, Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, P.E.O. and Eastern Star. Her life was spent loving and giving to others.
For many years she spent the winter months in Mesa, Arizona. She continued to volunteer in her Arizona park community. She worked out daily in the health club, played bridge twice a week, faithfully attended and was a member of Velda Rose Methodist Church in Mesa. In 2006 she moved back to Estes Park full time. She loved to shop, travel, knit, and whistle. She delighted in her family, many friends and the beauty of her surroundings wherever she was.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and many friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Janice (David) Burmeister of Rockford, Illinois and Cynthia (Phil) McClure of Estes Park; grandchildren, Mark Reed, Beth (Christopher) Champ, Randall (Rebecca) Reed, Timothy (Ellen) Burmeister, Gregory (Lori) Burmeister, Sarah (John) Allen, and Michelle McClure. She delighted in her seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, Lauren and Alex Reed; C.J., Tanner, Noah and Carter Champ; Alexandra, Zachary and Harrison Reed; Horst and Ruairig Burmeister; Samantha and Benjamin Burmeister; and, Zachary, Matthew, Courtney and Kathleen Allen.
Edwynne’s family is forever grateful to the loving caretakers at Good Samaritan Village in Estes Park who so generously gave of themselves in making these last years of Miss Daisy’s life a pleasant and love-filled journey.
A memorial service will be held Friday, October 9, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Community Church.
See www.allnutt.com to see Edwynne’s on-line obituary and send a message to the family.