Edith Nobles Fyvie, 90, was born in Columbus County, N.C., on Sept. 22, 1928, and died in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 7, 2019.
Edith was a much beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a faithful wife to her husband of 47 years, John Fyvie, who preceded her in death by just three weeks.
Edith always said she was most proud of and thankful to God for her “jewels,” her four children—Kathy Van Citters, June Crews (Bill), Craig Walker (Pam) and Ricky Walker (Peggy)--all of whom are grateful for the blessing of having her as mother.
But it was Edith’s nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren who brought the most joy to her life. She was an ever-ready playmate to her grandchildren, and no matter how badly she felt as her illness progressed, she turned on the smiles when a grandchild or great-grandchild visited.
Edith and her sisters, Annette Eissens, Betty Yarbrough, and Eileen Hayes (dec.), and her brothers, Virgil Nobles and Floyd Nobles, (both dec.) shared a special close bond of making memories and holding each other up in fun times and unbearably sad times.
At the family reunion, Edith was the adored crazy aunt, playing pranks and organizing outrageous costumes that she and her sisters wore as family cheerleaders.
Edith was a long-time member of Evangel Temple Assembly of God Church and received a special award for teaching the Ladies Bible Class for many years. Many dear friends from church were sisters and daughters of her heart.
Edith was employed by Duval County Schools as a cafeteria manager in her early career. In her 40s she earned an associate in arts degree and worked in childcare.
A loving woman with a generous heart, Edith gave abundantly of herself and her modest resources to anyone in need, thereby setting an example for and making an indelible imprint on family and friends for eternity.
In addition to the aforementioned deceased, Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Edna Nobles; granddaughter, Denessa Walker; great-grandson, Gabriel Walker; son-in-law, Joel Van Citters; brothers-in-law, Paul Eissens and Joe Hayes; and sister-in-law, Marlese Nobles.
In addition to her aforementioned children and sisters, Edith leaves behind to mourn her passing but celebrate her life the following:
Grandchildren: Matt Barfield (Sarah); Luke Walker (Nadia); Lori Dordelman (Carl); Rikki Toupin (Brian); Erni Walker (Tom Kaufman); Ashlie Walker (Forrest Heeter); Bret Crews; Eric Walker; and Josh Beyler, grafted into the family.
Great-grandchildren: Dylan, Seth, Ryder, Laurel Barfield; Baylie Hodges; Achilles and Carys Connolly; Journey Toupin; and Forrest Heeter.
A funeral will be held 3 PM Sunday, March 10,2019 at Giddens-Reed Funeral Home, 270 U.S. Highway 301, N., Baldwin, FL, 904-266-2337 (www.giddensreedfh.com). The family will receive friends from 2 PM until the hour of the service at the funeral home. Burial at Riverside Memorial Park will be private at a later date.