February 20, 2003

(6/14/1915 - 2/10/2003)

Edna Ludwick, 87, of Danville, IN, formerly of rural Arbela, died Monday, February 10, 2003, at the Danville Rehab Center in Danville, IN. She had been residing with her son Dennis and his family in Brownsburg, IN.

She was born the daughter of Freddie Roger and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Hines) Orton on June 14, 1915, in the Oak Ridge Community of Scotland County. She attended Memphis High School.

Edna married Lester Clark "Pip" Ludwick, who had been her childhood sweetheart since the age of five, on January 24, 1934 at the home of Rev. Baker, the Christian Church minister. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Edna and Pip farmed with her parents for three years. Then, in 1937, they purchased their own farm near Arbela. They worked together, side by side, on their Grade A dairy, beef, and grain farm.

She became a Christian at age 12, making her profession of faith at the Oak Ridge Baptist Church. She became a member of the Arbela Baptist Church with Pip, before they transferred their membership to the First Baptist Church in Memphis. Edna was always faithful, sharing Christ with others and inviting them to church. She loved playing the piano, harmonica, and Jew's harp. Edna loved cooking and was always ready to serve her guests.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers: George, Hollis, and Edson; and her sister, Muriel Davis.

She is survived by her two sons: Gary Ludwick of Arbela and Dennis Ludwick and wife Christine of Brownsburg, IN; her daughter, Mary Lynda Harris of Crystal Lake Park, MO; a sister, Etta Mae Davis of Keokuk, IA; eight grandchildren: Darin, Justin, Nicole, Chad, Cari, and Shawn Ludwick, Lori Murray and Lisa Moyer; nine great-grandchildren: Alaina Murray, Christopher, Deanna, and Lizzy Moyer, Kristina and Kassie Dugger, Jenna, Pashia and Cameron Ludwick; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2003, at the First Baptist Church in Memphis. Jerry Thomason officiated. Music was provided by Arleta Dye, pianist, and Joe and Lori Fulk, vocalists. Serving as pallbearers were Glen Miller, Phil Duley, Gary Smith, Joel Kapfer, Steven Kapfer, and Ronnie Young. Burial was in the Lawn Ridge Cemetery, northeast of Memphis. Memorials have been suggested to the First Baptist Church in Memphis.

Arrangements were handled by Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the Ludwick family via email at gerths@gerths.com.

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