Velda Marcella Edwards

Velda “Marcella” Edwards, age 86, peacefully passed away on Sunday June 21, 2020 in Riverton, IL.

She was born November 3, 1933 in Greenview, Illinois the daughter of Rube and Hazel Dowell.

She is survived by her niece, Connie (Keith) Pillsbury of Petersburg; one sibling, James “J.E.” (Joyce) Dowell of Colorado Springs, CO; cherished family members, Betty Dowell of Springfield, Twila Dowell of Elkhart, Dalora (Richard) Dosier of Greenview, Gloria (James) Despain of Naples, FL, David (Leona) Edwards of Parrish, FL, Norman (Barbara) Edwards of Wheaton; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Marcella married her high school sweetheart, Donald D. Edwards on July 11, 1953 at the Greenview Christian Church.  Marcella lived the majority of her life in Greenview and Pana. 

After her husband Don’s retirement, they moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas. She also lived in Springfield & Riverton, IL.

Marcella was employed for several years with Franklin Life and for the State of Illinois’ Department of Rehabilitation in Springfield, IL.

Marcella was a loving wife and homemaker.  She will be remembered as a kind, compassionate, generous and fun loving woman who enjoyed life.  She like to travel, bowl and golf, but her favorite hobby was shopping.  Marcella was an attractive woman, with beautiful blue eyes.  She was meticulous in her appearance with her gorgeous hair and stylish clothes.  She would match from head to toe with her jewelry, purses and shoes.  Marcella was in many style shows throughout her life.  She was a model for Bressmer’s Department Store in the 1970’s with her advertising photos being published in the State Journal Register. 

After the passing of her beloved husband, Don, Marcella was blessed to have many people to take care of her during her struggle with dementia.  Thank you to her special angels here on earth; Roger, Nancy, Pam and Josie.  You were there when she needed you most, may God bless you.  Also thank you to the staff at Montvale Estates, Visiting Angels, her medical providers and staff at SIU and Memorial Medical Center and during her  final year; the staff at Country Lane Memory Care.  Her family is forever grateful for your kindness.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Don; parents; twin brothers, Bob and Moulton Dowell; sisters, JoAnn Plummer and Lillian Kirby; half brother, Robbie Dowell; and infant brother, Raymond.

She was a member of the Bella Vista Christian Church in Arkansas.

Private graveside services for Marcella will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Greenview.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to SIU Medicine Alzheimer’s Research or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at

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