Emma Gwendoline Curtis Edguer, 93, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
She was born August 22, 1919 in Kilmichael, Mississippi and grew up in Mississippi, attending Mississippi State College for Women and obtaining her B.S. in 1941. She then taught home-economics in Jessup, Georgia, to help support her family.
She pursued her nursing degree at Vanderbilt University, obtaining her B.S.N. in 1947, after which she practiced public health in rural Mississippi.
She subsequently received her Master of Arts in Nursing Education at the University of Chicago in 1959. Her thesis focused on the importance of breastfeeding.
As an adult she resided in Turkey (Istanbul), Illinois (Freeport and Chicago), Kansas (Kansas City), Missouri (Kansas City and St. Louis), Texas (Richardson), Virginia (Lynchburg), and Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh), practicing and teaching nursing, and raising her family. Eventually she retired to Cleveland, Ohio to be close to family. Her interests included gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, origami, and solving puzzles. As a child and young adult she played the violin; in later life she took up the guitar. She loved music and was happy to listen to current pop music with her children and grandchildren.
Devoted wife of the late Nihat S. Edguer. Loving mother of Marjorie (Brian Smith) and Aydin. Beloved sister of Catherine Stein (deceased) (Harold, deceased), Anita Thompson (deceased) (William, deceased), Robert Curtis, and Marjorie Payne (Donald, deceased), and cherished aunt of many. Proud and doting grandmother of James and Pendle.
There will be a memorial service at The Alcazar in Cleveland Heights, Ohio on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3:30pm.