Edith Evelyn Kincaid, 90, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2013. She was born on August 22, 1923 in Long Branch, West Virginia, a small town nestled in a valley between two mountains to Clint and Ethel Lively.
Edith grew up in Long Branch and graduated from High School in 1942. In the fall of that year she enrolled in Raleigh General Hospital School of Nursing in Beckley, West Virginia. While she was in nursing school she met Harold and on July 1, 1945 they were married. Shortly thereafter they moved to Biloxi, Mississippi while Harold was stationed at Kessler Air Force Base. When Harold was discharged in March 1946 they returned to West Virginia where she gave birth to their first child, Regenia. In 1950 Harold was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Air Force. Mother and daughter traveled to England by boat in 1951 to join Harold during his service. While living in England Edith gave birth to their second child, Victoria. Since the military hospital there did not deliver babies, Edith had to travel alone to Burtonwood Royal Air Force Base to give birth. Harold was then transferred back to Biloxi as an Avionics instructor. During their stay in Biloxi she gave birth to their third child, Patrica. A big change was in the future as soon Harold was sent to Ashiya, Japan. Edith and the girls came later by air and lived in a home Harold bought from a captain in the service. They lived there for just a few months and then went to live in Tachikawa, Japan, near Tokyo. During that time, she gave birth to their fourth child, Rebekah. It wasn’t the end of traveling yet since Harold was again transferred this time to New York. Their only son and last child Stephen was born on a bitterly cold day in January. After only a few months the family moved to Kansas where Harold was assigned to Forbes Air Force Base before retiring in 1970. In May 1971 Edith returned to her nursing career and started working in the Obstetric Department and in 1980 she became the Clinical Care Coordinator. Edith loved to assist in delivering babies. She retired from nursing in 1986.
In addition to her nursing career, Edith enjoyed sewing, cooking and reading. She had tireless energy for her home and her children. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a devout Christian. She taught Bible class and VBS for many years to children of all ages. She also volunteered at LINK for thirteen years and was involved in the Calling and Caring ministry.
Edith is preceded in death by her husband Harold of 68 years. Edith is survived by her five children, Regenia, Victoria, Patrica, Rebekah and Stephen, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren along with four of her five siblings which include two sisters and two brothers.
A visitation will be held at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm.
A memorial service will be held at the Southside Church of Christ at 2 pm on Friday, September 13, 2013. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Flowers are welcomed or in lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Palliative Care Unit, c/o Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Visiting Nurses Hospice Program and Palliative Care Unit for their support in her final days.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.