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Edna Jenks Hedin passed away on January 28, 2019. Edna’s service will be at Denton-Wood Funeral Home on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow in Twins Oaks Cemetery in Artesia, NM.
Edna Jenks Hedin was born to Edward Lee and Tressie (Jackson) Jenks in Ft. Worth, TX. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Purcell, Oklahoma. She graduated from Quinton High School in 1943 and entered Central College in Conway, AR.
In the fall of 1945, Edna enrolled in Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) in Shawnee, OK where her parents had graduated and were married. On the third night of summer school in 1946 she met her future husband, Alvin Morris Hedin. He had just returned from his service in the US Navy during World War II. In the fall, Edna returned to Central College to be a piano instructor on the faculty.
On April 1, 1947, Edna and Morris were married. Edna then resumed pursuing her degree in piano performance with a minor in organ and graduated in May 1948. Later in life, she also earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX in August 1973.
After being involved in church music and public education in Oklahoma following their years at OBU, Morris and Edna moved to Artesia, NM. They served 30 years in the public schools and headed the music program at First Baptist Church, where Edna was the organist.
Edna spent a lifetime involved in music. Everywhere she lived she gave private piano and organ lessons. After moving to Roswell, NM upon retirement, Edna served many churches as a substitute organist and continued to be active in other music activities. She taught piano and was Chapel Organist for New Mexico Military Institute for 16 years.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Morris Hedin; son, James Lee Hedin; parents, Edward Jenks and Tressie Jackson Jenks; and brother, Jackson Lee Jenks. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Jenks VanHorn of Tulsa, OK; step mother-in-Law, Dorothy Hedin of Sapulpa, OK; sons, John Alvin Hedin and wife Rachel of Winston-Salem NC, Edward Morris Hedin of Santa Fe, NM; daughter-in law, Kathy Elana Hedin of Carlsbad, NM; nephew, David Moe and wife Donnas of Beaverton, OR; niece, Tama VanHorn of Tulsa, OK; nine grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make memorial gifts to Landsun Homes Helping Hands Fund, 2002 Westridge Rd. Carlsbad, NM.
Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com