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Edna L. (Smith) Statler

December 6, 1928 ~ January 11, 2022 (age 93)


Edna Louise Smith-Statler, 93, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau surrounded by her family.

She was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Cape Girardeau, the daughter of Francis F. and Elsie L. Barber Smith. She and the Rev. Earl G. Statler married June 2, 1948. He preceded her in death June 23, 2006.

Loving survivors include her five children, Deborah (Ken) Statler-Ferguson of Floral City, Florida; David (Kathy) Statler of Greenwood, Indiana; Martha L. (Denis) Plassmeyer of St. Elizabeth, Missouri; Mary Ann (William) Statler Wintermantel of Salinas, California; and Timothy Statler of Cape Girardeau; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, Earl, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Frances Johnson, and a brother, Charles Smith.

Edna attended Cape Girardeau public schools and graduated from Fredericktown (Missouri) High School. In 1979 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

After she and Earl married, she followed and supported her husband’s ministry in several communities in southern and central Missouri. She was a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star, the United Methodist Women’s organization and a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.

Edna enjoyed crafts, doing extensive work in genealogy, and gardening.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. at the church with her nephew, the Rev. Allen Smith, officiating.

All family and friends are invited to Edna’s services, but due to family’s health circumstances masks are required.

Interment will follow in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.

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Public Viewing
January 19, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Centenary United Methodist Church, Cape Girardeau, MO
300 North Ellis
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Funeral Service
January 19, 2022

1:00 PM
Centenary United Methodist Church, Cape Girardeau, MO
300 North Ellis
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Graveside Service
January 19, 2022

2:30 PM
Cape Girardeau County Memorial Park Cemetery
2315 Hwy. 61 North
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

A Courtesy Announcement


American Heart Association, St. Louis, Mo
460 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis MO 63141
Tel: 1-314-692-5635

American Cancer Society - St. Louis
4207 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108
Tel: 1-314-286-8100

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