Vinton Today – Edna Mae (Covington) Eldridge

Edna Mae (Covington) Eldridge passed away peacefully on November 22, 2021 at the Vinton Lutheran Home in Vinton, Iowa. Edna will be buried alongside her loving husband, Richard “Dick” William Eldridge, at Bear Creek Cemetery in rural Vinton. Richard predeceased Edna in death, dying on November 1, 2020. Their love affair is now over as he welcomed her into their heavenly home.

A joint celebration of their life and love will take place at First Christian Church, Vinton on November 24, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. The family will welcome guests from 1:00 p.m. Their granddaughters, Reverend Jill Cameron Michel and Reverend Tammy Buseman, as well as Pastor Dick Jumper will officiate. Please hide regardless of immunization status and observe the social distancing needs of others. The VanSteenhuyse-Teahen Funeral Home in Vinton takes care of Edna and her family.

Edna Mae was born in rural Vinton on February 18, 1930 to Carl and Nellie (Ferguson) Covington. She was the oldest of four children. After attending country school until eighth grade, she graduated from Vinton High School in 1948. While in high school, Edna met and fell in love with her soul mate, Richard “Dick” William Eldridge , also from Vinton. Richard and Edna Mae were married on March 20, 1949 at Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, and from this union were born three children: Steven, Linda and Dennis. Richard and Edna considered themselves extremely blessed to enjoy 71 years of marriage.

Edna had many interests and talents which led to many jobs throughout her life. Beginning while still in high school, Edna worked as a telephone operator at the local telephone office in Vinton. Her interpersonal skills led her to try out jobs in retail and real estate. Her office skills led her to jobs at Washburn Equipment, Weight Watchers and Hawkeye Tech Dental Clinic. In 1990, her dream of becoming an entrepreneur came true when she opened the Red Brick Consignment Shop in Vinton. While she enjoyed all of these job opportunities, her greatest personal satisfaction came from being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Edna was a faithful Christian and a life member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). As her children grew up, she was a Cub den mother and a 4-H leader. In her spare time Edna enjoyed painting, sewing and reading. She and Dick have had many travel adventures over the years.

Edna’s survivors are her children and their spouses: Linda and Ken Jans of Ely, Iowa and Dennis and Lindley Eldridge of Paradise, Texas.

Edna’s five granddaughters also survived: Angela (Larry Pledge) Eldridge of Marion, Amy (Tammy Buseman) Cameron of Marion, Jill (Jim) Michel of North Liberty, Nicole Eldridge of Eldon, Missouri, and Kaleena Eldridge of Rocky Mount, Missouri and two step-granddaughters, Jennifer (Darryl) Robinson of Overland Park, Kansas and Melissa (Steven) Cotton of Bettendorf. In addition, Dick and Edna have 17 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

It only remains to cherish his memory, his sister, Van Horne’s Shirley DeNeve. Edna’s sisters-in-law also survived: Nelda Covington of Temple, Texas, Betty Eldridge of Dubuque, Nancy Eldridge of Raleigh, North Carolina, Margaret (Wayne) Oler of Iowa Falls, Mary (John) Heitz of Marion, as well as as his brother-in-law, Robert (Lorraine) Eldridge of Maynard and several nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and friends.

Edna Mae was predeceased by her husband, Richard; their eldest son, Steven; his parents, Carl and Nellie Covington; his brothers, Richard Covington and Glenn Covington; his brother-in-law, Fred DeNeve. Her in-laws, William and Amber (Hummel) Eldridge, also precede her in death; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Gilroy; and his brothers-in-law, Joe Eldridge, Maurice Gilroy and Donald Eldridge.

The family would like to thank the staff at Vinton Lutheran Home for the compassionate care they provided to Edna and her family during this time. Deep gratitude and respect also go to his long-time physician, Dr Brian Meeker de Vinton.

Memorials can be given in Edna’s name at Vinton Lutheran Home, 1301 2nd Avenue, Vinton or at First Christian Church, 1209 W. 13th Street, Vinton. Condolences can be sent to the family in charge of the funeral home or they can be posted on the funeral home’s website at

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