Mrs. Edith Lois Caldwell-Cole was born October 20, 1949, in St. Louis, Missouri to the union of Samuel and Mattie Davis Caldwell. She departed this life on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 1:20 a.m., at Christian Northeast Hospital. She was the second child of nine. Both parents, Samuel and Mattie; three brothers, Leroy, Larry, Sr., and Ricky; and one sister, Diane, all preceded her in death.
Edith was baptized at Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor House at an early age. She later joined Second New Mount Zion MB Church under the leadership of Pastor JR. Searcy who married Leroy and Edith on March 29, 1980. They celebrated 40 years of holy matrimony before Leroy transitioned from labor to reward on June 1, 2020.
She was a member of Breakthrough Worship Ministries Church under the leadership of Bishop B.C. Crawford and served as the church Clerk. Edith loved God and serving God's people in His church.
Edith attended Forest Park Community College and graduated from the Nursing Program. She served as Historian/Parliamentarian with the Black Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis. Her commitment and service afforded Edith the distinction of an Annual Scholarship named in her honor. She retired from Christian Hospital and loved caring for her patients.
Edith loved volunteering with the L TC Ombudsman Program (visiting the nursing homes once a week) and Kiwanis Club of Jennings (working with children).
Edith leaves to cherish her memories her loving son, Robert (Tamara) of Maryland and stepson, Shawn (Barbara) Knight of St. Louis; ten grandchildren, Geneva, Raphael, Sr., Alisha, TraVon, Robert II, Shawn Nae, Shawnice, Alexis,Justice, and La Shawn; and one great-grandson, Raphael, Jr.; four brothers, Donald (Sue) of Seattle, Washington, Mack (Val) of Medford, Oregon, Jerry and Tyler (C.P.) of St. Louis; three sisters-in-law, Shellie (Ricky), Yvonne Washington, and Anne (Edward); two brothers-in-law, Dewitt and Lester; one amazing niece, Mia (Daron), who was always there if Edith needed her; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In Lieu of Flowers:
In honor of the loving and inspirational Ms. Edith L. Cole, we are asking for those who would like to honor her legacy that no flowers be sent to the house. Instead, please send donations to the Edith L. Cole Scholarship Fund with the Black Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis.
Donations can be made via Cash App using the tag $BNASTL or via the BNA of Greater St. Louis Website www.bna-stlouis.org/donate.html
Edith L. Cole Scholarship Fund with the Black Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis