Edna Catherine Poole

Services for Edna C. Poole, 96, Lawrence, will be 10 am Friday, June 27, 2014, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

She was born March 23, 1918, in Colby, KS, and died June 25, 2014, in Lawrence, KS.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents John and Edith Bremenkamp, husband Rufus, brothers Raymond, Leonard, Eddie, Jerry, and sister Cecelia.

She was born and raised on a farm in Colby where she spent a happy childhood with her siblings thru the times of the great Dust Bowl. 

At the age of sixteen she entered nurses training at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, KS. After graduating as an RN Edna taught nursing. In 1942 she joined the army and was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant. She served for 2 ½ years in the Aleutian Islands, treating soldiers wounded in the Pacific. Edna was one of only seven nurses on the island. At the height of the war in 1944 she was sent to Europe to serve in the army’s 4th Division under the command of Gen. Patton. She served on the front lines for the rest of the war.

After the war ended Edna returned to Colby where she met her husband Rufus, who was also a veteran of the Navy. Edna continued her nursing career in Colby. She worked with Dr. Jenson, Headed the intensive care unit of St. Thomas Hospital and was promoted to head supervisor.

After her husband’s death she moved to Lawrence, KS, and spent her retirement years enjoying friends, church, and women’s clubs.

Mrs. Poole’s last three years were joyously spent at Meadowlark Manor among good friends, caring staff, and a compassionate caregiver. After a lifetime of caring for others Meadowlark and her caregiver took care of her.

Edna leaves a son Kevin, daughter Reni, many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Messages & Condolences

From Larry Alexander...

Sorry for your loss, Thoughts and prayers

From Fred Schroth...


Sorry to hear of your mothers death. Our family was neighbors for about 15 years. Fred Schroth.

From Fred Schroth...


Sorry to hear

From jon schroth...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I got to know Edna and Rufus as a boy mowing their lawn. They were both very kind and I very much appreciated getting to know them. What an amazing life Edna lived.

Jon schroth

From Robert Herrington...


So sorry to read of your mothers death. Your mother led a very interesting life and served others in need. You are in our prayers……

Rob and Susan Herrington

From Mary Barnes...

I am sorry to read of your mother’s death. She was a dear friend to my mother, Mary Jane Patzel. My mother passed away in 2008. She had also retired to Lawrence in 1987 and met Edna and had a lot of fun times with her. They were church ladies together.

From Lanell Finneran...

I am so sorry to read about your mom’s death. I just told a friend last week where I got the start for the hollyhock that spreads and flowers from year to year – thanks to Edna I have this beautiful flowering plant. Edna was a very special lady. You and your sister are in my thoughts and prayers…..Lanell

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