Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Wilma Jean Edwards

Wilma Jean Edwards, age 78, of Shelby, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Crestline Nursing Center in Crestline.

She was born September 20, 1936 in Chillicothe, Ohio the daughter of the late John S. and Beulah (Lykens) Kennard.

She was a 1954 graduate of Willard High School.  She retired from United Church Directories in Galion and had previously worked at Miami Systems in Shelby. Jean was in a group that was instrumental in getting the Shelby City Schools to start their kindergarten program and was a member of the Young Timers Mothers Club. Jean was a wealth of knowledge on her family’s history. She knew all the birth dates of her immediate family as well as all the nieces, nephews and cousins. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and crocheting; however, her greatest joy was spending time with her family – especially her grandchildren.

Survived by 2 daughters: Jill (Bob) Humphrey of Shelby and Susan Wolf of Ashland; 3 sons: Jack (Suzan) Dunbar of California, Jim (Sally) Dunbar of Shelby and Jerry Dunbar (Deborah Bauer) of Florida; 7 grandchildren: Helen (Andrew) Martin, Brett (Laurie) Dunbar, Lauren Williams, BJ (Emily) Humphrey, Emily (Free) Reyes, Erika Whatman,  Nolan Wolf;  10 great grandchildren; Step mother: Georgia Zoll; Aunt: Jewel Adams of Willard;  Brother: Dr. Gregory (Beverly) Kennard of Tennessee; Brother-in-law: Gene Haynes of Willard; 3 Step children: Marsha Porter of Shelby, Rhonda Edwards of Millersburg, and Scott (Lisa) Edwards of Georgia;

Numerous nieces and nephews; Numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Ross G. Edwards in 1990; 3 grandchildren: Elizabeth Jean Dunbar, Jackson Dunbar, and Juliette Dunbar; 2 sisters: Donna Haynes and Patty Jo Kennard; 3 step children: Brenda Thompson, Lisa Bernhart and Darrell Porter; 2 half-brothers: Randy Kennard and Jeff Kennard.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, July 5, 2015 from 1-4 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 10 AM with her cousin Rev. J. Art Kennard, officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to Ohio Health Hospice or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. To share a memory or to send a condolence to the Edwards family, please visit






Memories & Condolence

  1. Rosemary Craig Snow says:

    So sorry to hear of Jeans passing. I had not seen her in years but thought of all of you often. Prayers for all of you comfort, in your time of sorrow. Take comfort in her love and your memories.

  2. Gene & Marlene Armbruster says:

    Jill and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. You will miss her, but she will always be as near as your hearts. Love, Uncle Gene and Aunt Marlene

  3. Margaret Weaver says:

    Jean was a very independent and feisty lady but I throughly enjoyed spending time with her. I am sure she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers

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