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Mt. Olive - Mrs. Edna Stokes, 83 of 110 E. Williamson St. went from labor to reward on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Brian Center of Goldsboro.
Mother Edna Stevens Stokes, daughter of the late Willie and Rebecca Wolfe Stevens, was born on September 19, 1935. Mother Stokes made her peaceful transition into everlasting life on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Brian Center in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
To all who knew her, Mother Stokes was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and especially friend. Her passion for serving the Lord was only ahead of her desire to serve others and her Juicy Fruit chewing gum! She began attending Evangelical Fellowship Center in the late 1980’s where she served until she was called home under her beloved Dr. Curtis G. Lee.
For all who knew her, Mother Stokes, or Mrs. Edna, as she was called, was a very special person. She received her education in the Wayne County School system and while she did not hold any formal college education, she was skilled in electrical and carpentry work. She was gifted in a variety of areas and often spent her time doing what she loved; working in her beloved garden, cooking and traveling. Her ministry of cooking good food and sharing with others was a staple to the families that would join her for dinner throughout the week. Through delicious home cooked meals and wise counsel, Mother Stokes showed the most important fruit of the spirit… love.
She is survived by her four children: Rebecca Darden of Goldsboro, NC, Thomas Stokes (Rhonda) of Magnolia, NC, Linwood Stokes of Mt Olive, NC and Teresa Stokes of Warsaw, NC. One Brother, Hodges Stevens (Margaret). Fourteen Grandchildren: Karonnie Truzy (Ebony), Teo Truzy (MarKeishia) Shaunda Dugba (Prince), Mikey and Jeremy Truzy, Cheryl Darden, Amanda Truzy, (Jerimiah) Jermale Stokes, Desmond Darden, Shaunda Whitfield, Vonya Stokes, LaShaunda Barksdale. Sixteen great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mother Stokes was preceded in death by three children: Juanita Truzy, Judy Marie Stokes and Kathy Stokes and by three siblings: Leslie Stevens, Frank Stevens, and Ruth Stevens.
We know that God is all wise, and never makes a mistake. Therefore, our memories of Mother Stokes will always be cherished as we rejoice in knowing that we shall meet again on the other side of this world in heaven.
The family will receive friends at the home of Teresa Stokes, 117 E. North St. Warsaw.