Melva Emery Braun Edmonds 1917 - 2008 Lenexa

Melva Emery Braun Edmonds

Melva Edmonds died Jan. 7, 2008. She was born June 14, 1917, the only daughter among four brothers of Melvin Emery and Florence Luttrell Emery in Council Grove, Kan. The family moved to the Kansas City area in 1922. She was a graduate of Wyandotte High School where she was active in music, sports and a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Kansas City Junior College.

She continued to be active in sports and it was routine for her children to watch her play softball. During World War II, she went to work for TWA. She was the first female mechanic hired by the airline and she retired after 37 years as a lead mechanic.

Through the years she was an active member and deaconess of Immanuel Baptist Church, busy in youth work, missions, choir and later The American Baptist Women's work. She was Immanuel's church historian and was also active in many charitable organizations. Moreover, she extended her mission activities to foreign lands such as Hong Kong and Thailand.

Mrs. Edmonds was an avid photographer and traveler; using her flight privileges to see the world through the lens of her camera. She shared her many adventures through slide travelogues which she presented upon request to a variety of groups throughout the area. She and her second husband, Tom Edmonds, chronicled their travels in movies as well and following her retirement in 1980 the couple presented their shows on a travelogue circuit.

She was a member and the first woman to be president of the TWA Adventurers Club; a member of Local 1650 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; member of Kansas City Movie Makers Club; member and past president of the Kansas World Travel Club; member of TWA Heart of America Seniors Club; and Past First Lady of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (an Airstream Club) of which she was a life member.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Emery, her brothers Harold, Donald and Walter; and two husbands, Harold W. Braun and Thomas W. Edmonds.

She is survived by her brother and sister in-law Gilbert and Mary Virginia Emery of Grand Island, Neb. Also surviving are two sons, Brent A. Braun of Shawnee and Dr. Clait E. Braun and wife Nancy of Tucson, Ariz.; a stepson, Alan C. Edmonds and wife Mary of Eau Clare, Wis.; a stepdaughter, Valerie Edmonds of New York City; and son in-law Daniel Fedynich of Kansas City, Kan.

Grandchildren include; Dr. Alan Fedynich, Kingsville, Texas; Craig Fedynich of Independence, Mo.; Eric Braun of Alexandria, Va.; Beth Scott of Newport News, Va., Jennifer Gerber of Nokesville, Va.; Laurel Braun Mellon of Portland, Ore.; C.R. Braun of Austin, Texas; Jon, Jackie and Michela Edmonds of Eau Clare, Wis.; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by the funeral at 10:30 a.m. at the Porter Funeral Home at 1835 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Internment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Immanuel Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas or the City Union Mission in Kansas City, Missouri.