Edna Martin Clemence

Born: Fri., May 26, 1939
Died: Wed., Nov. 4, 2009

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Edna Martin Wilson Clemence died November 4, 2009 at St. Mary''s Hospice House at age 70. Born May 26, 1939 in Dunn, NC, her mother Pauline Stewart Martin Cooper raised her in Newport News, VA. At age 15, she successfully auditioned for the New York City Rockefeller Rockettes. Her mother would not let her quit school. After graduating from Newport News High School, she moved to New York, studied modeling and cosmetology. She successfully auditioned again, but never danced with them.

She married Dennis F. Wilson in 1958 and after 25 years in the US Army, they retired in Conyers, GA. In 1987 they moved to Lake Oconee where Edna made a multitude of lifelong friends. She participated in many clubs and activities including becoming a founding member of the Ladies Golf Association at Port Armor. Edna was a member of multiple bridge clubs and loved to play slot machines. She lost her husband Dennis to cancer in 1992 and her mother in 2008. In 2000, Edna married Dr. William James "BJ" Clemence of Athens, GA, a retired UGA professor. They shared a rich life of golf and social activities. She is survived by her husband, daughter, Bonnie Marie Wilson, Atlanta, GA; son Dennis F. Wilson, III, his wife DeeDee of Portland, OR, and son Frank Wilson of Atlanta, three grandchildren, Heather Wilson, Dalton and Shelby Wilson; brother, Jay Martin, of Kingman, AZ; sister, Lillian Drenz of Springfield, VA; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Greensboro with The Rev. Dr. Jan Blissit officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the Historic Hall-Thomas House, 109 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA across from the church sanctuary. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to St. Mary''s Hospice House, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, Bogart, GA 30622. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

To further celebrate the life of Edna, a Memorial "Casino Night" fundraising benefit for St. Mary''s Hospice House will be planned in the near future.

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Larry and Angela Mauldin
   Posted Fri November 06, 2009
We're so sorry about Edna. We loved her and she was one special lady. Love you B.J. Larry and Angela

De Leggett
   Posted Sat November 07, 2009
My sincerest condolences on your loss. Edna was a very special person and we will all miss her. My best wishes are with you in the coming days. De Leggett

Connie Cline
   Posted Sat November 07, 2009
Edna will be missed by all of us. She was a remarkable and kind lady. She always found the best in everyone. I am so glad I was able to call her my friend.

Don and Lillie Crowe
   Posted Sat November 07, 2009
We will truly miss your warm friendly smile at Reynold's Landing.

Fred & Jenni Black
   Posted Sat November 07, 2009
B.J. Please accept our sincere condolences on Edna's passing. She was a great lady and one the the area will greatly miss. We will be praying for you and the rest of the family. God Bless. Fred and Jenni

susan horn
   Posted Mon November 09, 2009
My thoughts and prayers have been with B.J. and all of Edna's family for several weeks. I regret that I could not join the memorial service for Edna as I was out of town for vacation. Otherwise I would have been there to pay my respects in person.

Marian & Ricky Easley
   Posted Mon November 09, 2009
B.J. We were so sorry to hear of Edna's passing. She was such a good friend to Sylva and a wonderful daughter to her Mother. Our prayers are with you.

Bonnie Marie Wilson
   Posted Fri November 13, 2009
My mama taught me many things. One of her greatest legacies was teaching me the meaning and responsibility of friendship. She led by example and was blessed with many, many friends. I am her only daughter. She was my best friend.

Sue Fields
   Posted Sat December 05, 2009
BJ, my heart goes out to you and Edna's children.