Edwena Mae Arends

Edwena Mae Hughes Arends passed away October 14, 2016 at the age of 81 in Malad , Idaho . She was born March 28, 1935 in Malad , Idaho to Levi Waldron Hughes and Orilla L. Hughes. Edwena spent most of her growing up years in a little two room cabin built buy her father Levi on a farm in Samaria , Idaho . She was a good farm hand, helping in the hay fields with a team of horses raking hay and running the team for the Derek. She went to school through 8th grade in that small town then continued on to high school in Malad. During those years her hobbies were crochet, embroidery and playing the guitar and piano. Her greatest skills were typing and shorthand. During one year she demonstrated those talents on a float in the Homecoming parade. After graduating, she moved to Salt Lake City where she went to S.H. Business College which led her to a life long secretarial career. She enjoyed learning and continued to take classes at the U of U, B.Y.U. and community college. Edwena took dancing lessons and swim lessons then spent some of her time as a lifeguard. She loved old cars, people, dancing, traveling and many animals especially the little ones. She had her own little farm down in Salt Lake where she and her daughters raised chickens, geese, ducks, birds, cats and dogs. Edwena was very much into music, she played her Hawaiian guitar for several high school events she also was an accomplished piano and harmonica player. She enjoyed collecting records, 8 tracks, cassettes and CD’s. She never went anywhere with out some form of music. Edwena was the family photographer, taking many many precious pictures and movies of friends, family and events. She also cherished her visits with many relatives as she gathered genealogy then spent years compiling the family history into her book called the Samaria Commemorator. Today her work is cherished by all of her family and friends. Edwena is preceded in death by her mother, father and son in-law Alan Christopherson. She is survived by her two daughters Gina (Fernando) Serrano and Kim Christopherson, 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two sisters, Dorothy (Melvin) Spraker and Marcene (Tom) Williams. Friends may visit with the family Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W. 300 N. prior to going to the Firth Cemetery for Burial. Edwena brought a ray of sunshine into the hearts of all that knew her, she will be missed dearly. Special Thanks to the staff at Oneida County Hospital Long Term Care for the years of nurturing care and attention.