May 06, 2024

Carletta Anne Edwards

Posted May 06, 2024 5:44 PM

Carletta Anne Edwards, age 72, of Manhattan, passed away the evening of Thursday, May 2, 2024 at Stoneybrook Retirement. Born December 18, 1951 in Washington, IA, she was the daughter of James L. Edwards, Jr. and Louise M. Edwards.

She graduated from High School in Washington, IA in 1970, and became a nurse in 1985. She worked in nursing homes throughout the state of Iowa, and had a special affinity for the sassy, ornery women she helped care for. The spicy women of the nursing home were her favorites to work with, which is why it is no surprise she became one when it was her time.

Carletta was also an artist and a crafter. She painted throughout her life and learned quilting and ribbon wreath-making later in life. For a time, she was a member of the Konza Quilting Guild. She loved Christmas, especially Christmas trees and Christmas lights. She said she loved Jesus, and said her favorite verse was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” because “that about sums it up.” She also loved Sterzing’s potato chips from Burlington, IA, and was really glad when she found them at a grocery store here in Manhattan. She enjoyed working the soil and keeping flowers and plants. One of her favorite childhood memories was learning about flowers and working in the dirt with her Grandma Moothart.

Survivors include her daughters Dyan Edwards-Cagley, Leia Edwards, and son Clifford Hunt, II, her sister Carolyn Brown, and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Cheryl Bonebright, and brother James L. Edwards, III.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday May 8, 2024 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan. Private inurnment will be held at a later date.