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Edna Childers

September 24, 1932 March 15, 2022
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Edna Marie Mapes
1932-2022

Our loving Mother, Edna Marie Mapes passed away at her home in Brighton on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. At her bedside were two of her children and one granddaughter. She received many visitors, family and friends in the few days preceding her death.

Edna was born September 24, 1932, in Osborne, Missouri. She played Basketball at Kidder High School. Her Father, John Edwin Mapes was a Logger when her Mother, Dorothy Maize met him. They settled into family life as farm hands. Edna met the one love of her life, Emil Dwight Childers on a blind date. They married April 13, 1953, and celebrated their 60th Anniversary in 2013. Emil passed away suddenly at home on May 13, 2014.

Edna worked in Kansas City building Vacuum Tubes for military radios that supported troops in Korea, where her new husband earned a Purple Heart during combat as a Marine. The couple had three children, all surviving: Steven Dwight Childers (1955) Brighton, CO, Debra Lynne Childers (1956) Fairbanks, AK, and Vickie Diane McKinley (1961) Draper, UT, while living near Gladstone MO. They built a new home in Nashua during that time. Edna worked in Kansas city as an insurance company underwriter once the children were old enough. The family spent Sunday mornings at Nashua Baptist, followed by weekly visits to the Grandparents. Edna enjoyed frequent Water Skiing and Boating on Lake Pomme de Terre in South Missouri.
Yearly vacations near Buena Vista, Colorado eventually led to the family moving to Thornton, Colorado. Edna worked in the office of a Mobile Home Sales and Manufacturing Company. They bought property on Lookout mountain and finished building their new home in 1971, overlooking the city lights. Building had engaged the whole family when the last Shake Shingle was nailed on. A matching garage was added a few years later.

They were faithful members of Applewood Baptist, and later Riverside Baptist Churches.

For 30 years Edna managed both home, and the office, accounting, and estimates at the business Emil started, Gold Star Auto Body in Commerce City. Her work, as the first customer of a software writer, assisted the development of an original computer estimating and management system for their industry, using the then new IBM PC.

She loved Gardening and Landscaping their one acre lot on Lookout, where Deer and Elk were eager to enjoy the fruit of her work. She braved the perilous winter commute up and down the mountain for many years. Emil and Edna loved touring the mountains and tried their hand at skiing many times. They camped and hiked for years, from a pickup camper, before upgrading to a series of a trailer, and several motor homes. Their Motor Home accompanied them on periodic family visits in Missouri. Hawaii was Heaven on Earth during Edna and Emil's multiple vacations there.

After retiring in 2000, their Motor Home took them to Grand Junction. A new church family was chosen, Redlands Community. Soon, their beautiful new home in the Redlands looked out at the Cliffs and Canyons of the Colorado National Monument. They especially enjoyed family visits, wildlife and camping trips.

A year following Emil's passing, Edna and her grandson Jason moved to Brighton to join with son Steven as family in a new home. Edna loved Jason's company and she served as Homemaker and Cook for her progeny nearly until her passing. Edna's childhood freind, Aunt Emma Jean Garcia of Thornton kept her in fine company for countless hours on the telephone. Sister Betty Kille (Chillicothe, MO), and inlaw Betty Childers checked in often and relayed the Missouri news. Other survivors are her brother Charles (Joyce) Mapes of Holt, MO; and six Grandchildren: David Jason Maestas, Vanessa (Matt) Nelson, Cierra McKinley, Chelsi (Jeramy) Espinosa, Emily Childers and Amber Childers. Great Grandchildren are Kayleigh Archuletta, Kyleigh and Kinsleigh Jacobucci, Aspyn and Aiden Maestas, Daryn and Ashlyn Espinosa and Ava and Sawyer Nelson.

Edna's faith remains inspirational as she rejoins her Heavenly family. She described herself as a caretaker, and always practiced love, humility, and forgiveness in the true nature of Christ's Church. Her heart is pure, and her soul shines unblemished.

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Visitation

Thursday

24

Mar

10:00 AM 3/24/2022 10:00:00 AM
DeWitt & Tabler Funeral Home

12114 Grant Circle
Thornton, CO 80241

DeWitt & Tabler Funeral Home
12114 Grant Circle Thornton 80241 CO
United States

Service

Thursday

24

Mar

12:00 PM 3/24/2022 12:00:00 PM
DeWitt & Tabler Funeral Home

12114 Grant Circle
Thornton, CO 80241

DeWitt & Tabler Funeral Home
12114 Grant Circle Thornton 80241 CO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Golden Cemetery Final Resting Place

755 Ulysses St
Golden, CO 80401

755 Ulysses St Golden 80401 CO
United States
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