Audrey Beth Edwards, 83, formerly of Canyon City, died Dec. 14.

She was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Edmond, Kan., to Ralph and Etta Sager. She migrated with her family from Edmond to Springfield during the Great Depression.

On May 18, 1973, she married Thomas “Ray” Edwards, with whom she made a home on the Willamette River in Springfield. The backyard of their home had a camellia tree, from which, each spring until his death in 2001, Ray selected and presented to her the finest of the first flowers.

Mrs. Edwards made dental hygiene her life’s work, and worked many years in private practice before teaching the subject at Lane and Portland community colleges. Many of her students fondly recall her as a demanding, yet caring teacher.

Always loving and supportive of her family’s needs, she served as an outstanding role model of kindness, generosity and persevering strength to all who knew her.

Aside from her family, she loved to quilt and read. She gave many of her quilts and wall hangings to family members, as a reminder of her creativity and love.

Survivors include her daughter, Darlene Moss formerly of Dayville for over 20 years; sons, Robert (Louise) Peterson and Gordon (Laura) Peterson; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; son, Steven R. Peterson; and infant grandson, Gordon “Baby Gordy” Peterson.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring, by the camellia tree at her Springfield home. Her ashes will be joined with her late husband’s under the tree where she will forever receive its finest first flower.

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