In Memory of
Edna Mae Oliver Ard
January 21, 1921 – April 19, 2022
We always said that the angels watched over Edna M. Ard. The angels came and took her home with them on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from the house that she called home in Martinsville, Indiana since 1946. She was surrounded by the people that she loved most and loved her most.
She was born in Allen County, Kentucky to Roy B. Oliver and Lela B. (Spencer) Oliver, on January 21, 1921. Her parents and her only brother, Leon Oliver, of Martinsville preceded her in death. She is survived by one daughter, Beverly Ard, one granddaughter, Tamy Clephane and Tamy’s loving life partner, Dorita Dransfield who was invaluable in her care over the last years of her life, all of Martinsville, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
One day, Warren T. Ard walked into Cherry's Coffee Shop in Glasgow, Kentucky where she was working after graduating from Davasher one room school house that she attended in Allen County, Kentucky, and she told her friend that she was going to marry that man and she did on June 26, 1942. He also preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker and loved cooking big meals for visiting family members. She was a hard worker, too, employed by Sarkas Tarzien, Old Hickory, Harman Motive, and finally Walmart. She worked two jobs most of her life selling Avon or working part time at IGA but she loved her work at the front door of Walmart the most. She was on her job the day that the original Walmart opened in Martinsville and she was chosen to cut the ribbon at the opening of the current Walmart.
Aside from her greeting people at Walmart, many people in the community knew her because she sewed for people. She loved sewing, making curtains for the church across the street behind her house, sewing patches on police officer uniforms, hemming a lawyer’s pants. $2.00 is all that she would charge to hem a pair of jeans. She didn’t think that it was worth any more than that. One man joked with her about not wanting lace on his britches so she loosely basted lace around the hems of one pair of his pants which brought them both a good laugh.
Even though she loved working out in the public, she was still a home body. She’d rather have been home baking a pie or working in the yard than shopping or running. And, at the same time, she loved going places with us to see live shows and hear live music. She loved church and God. She was a member of Calvary Heights Baptist Church.
She adored her only granddaughter, Tamy. They were best buddies.
She built her own carport when she was 75 and Tamy pushed the plywood up to her for the roof. One of the best memories for both of them was running Tamy’s paper route together, always ending with a stop at Just Rite for French fries and a Coke or a shake even though it was almost suppertime.
There will be 2 hours of calling at Costin Funeral Chapel from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2022. She will be taken home to Scottsville, Kentucky with a funeral at 3:00 p.m. Saturday April 23, 2022 with an hour of visitation prior to the service at T.W. Crow & Son Funeral Home and burial at Hopewell Baptist Church with the many other members of the Oliver family.