Edith “Edie” Waldeck, 96, of Arkansas City, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at Alderbrook Village of Arkansas City.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Parker Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.
Edie was born Nov. 15, 1922, in Arkansas City, to Arthur and Florence (Messner) Childs. She was reared and educated in Arkansas City, graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1941. At the beginning of World War II, Edie was working at Newman’s Dry Goods when she and several friends took the government civil service test and were assigned to work in Washington, D.C.. She spent the war years serving her country before returning to Arkansas City.
Edie married James Leslie “Les” Waldeck on May 17, 1948, in Winfield. The couple made their home in Arkansas City. They owned and operated in 1961 the Conoco station on West Madison for several years before opening Waldeck Oil Co. at Madison and A Street in 1972. Les and Edie then added Waldeck Fertilizer. Edie worked as the bookkeeper and “greeter” for the companies and continued to help operate the business after Les’s death in 2015. Edie was a wonderful cook and had an excellent memory. She loved working in her garden growing all kinds of flowers, especially roses. Edie loved her furry companions, having many cats and dogs throughout her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Edie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Delbert and John Childs; and a nephew, Jim Childs.
Survivors include her daughter, Jeri Crumbliss and husband, Jack, of Arkansas City; grandchildren, Casey Crumbliss and wife, Kara, of Chicago, Courtney Gilmore and husband, Garrett, of Olive Branch, Miss., Cara Crumbliss, of Oakland, Calif., and Conner Crumbliss and wife, Audrey, of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Gunner, Cadence and Beckett Gilmore, and Ella, Henry, Charles and Lillian Crumbliss; numerous nieces and nephews; and her faithful companion, Trinket.