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Edna Mae Fordyce

Edna Mae Fordyce    Edna Mae Fordyce was born in Conrad, Feb. 26, 1933 to Crystal and Millard Fordyce and died on Sept. 13. She will be buried in Conrad.
    Edna earned a diploma from The Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1954, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education in 1960 from the University of Minnesota. She served as a Nurse Instructor and later Director of Nursing Education at Rochester State Hospital in Minnesota from 1960 to 1967. She received her Masters in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle and relocated in the Washington DC area in the early 1970s.
    Edna served on the faculty of The Catholic University of America from 1970 to 1982 and successfully completed her Doctorate of Education there in 1982. She then joined the faculty of the Department of Nursing at Towson State University, in Towson, Md., where she was a professor and clinical specialist in Psychiatry until her retirement, when she was awarded the honor of Professor Emeritus. Edna’s professional accomplishments are many, including numerous articles and presentations at conferences and seminars around the country. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing.
    Edna was a resident of Laurel for 25 years and during that time was an active, enthusiastic participant in the community, taking part in political campaigns and volunteering as a counselor with the Volunteer Fire Department. Her name will be engraved on a memorial there as the first non-fireman to receive this honor.
    She was an active member of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Md., for many years, where she served a deacon and was instrumental in starting the Stephen Ministry program.
    For the past 15 years, Edna has been a much-loved member of The National Presbyterian Church, where she has been active in the Stephen Ministry program. Edna met for a weekly Bible study with 6 friends for the last 15 years.
    Edna will be remembered for her generosity, interest, concern and affection for others as well as her professional competence. She loved collecting stamps and was an avid photographer. Those celebrating weddings and other key life events often received a beautifully arranged photo album from her long before the “official” photographs were ready for review.
    Edna was preceded in death by her parents, a young brother Carl, her twin sister Elaine, and special friend Cecil C. Knighton. She is survived by her sister, Marvel Shangle, of Seattle, Wash., 2 nieces and a nephew, and scores of friends around the country.