Edna Singer Abbott, 96, a former long time Toledo resident departed this world on March 29, 2017 in the care of Sunshine Home adult care facility in Depoe Bay, Oregon.
Edna Abbott was well known in the Toledo and Newport area for her many community activities. She was named a 2004 Lincoln County Fair Super Senior, an honor she shared with her late husband Jack Abbott who was also recognized in 1996. Edna served on the Lincoln County Fair Board and as its Chairman, worked with Toledo Senior Meals as a Toledo Rotary Club member, spoke regularly to numerous local organizations as an AARP “fraud fighter,” and was active in both Newport and Toledo Toastmaster clubs for a number of years.
Abbott was born October 17, 1920, to John and Anna Kinler in Fresno, CA and completed high school there. She worked in San Francisco and Oakland, California during the war years and married Donald Singer just after the war. They had two daughters, Edna and Katie. The Singers moved to Toledo in 1967 after living in Hermiston, Oregon for many years. She operated a greenhouse and floral business in Hermiston and brought her love of flower gardens to Toledo.
Edna’s first husband died a short time after moving to Toledo. A chance visit to San Francisco eight years later brought a reconnection with Jack Abbott, with whom she had worked during WW II. She and Jack were married in 1978 and Jack left the Bay Area to join her in Toledo. They both became very active in the community and enjoyed traveling in the US and Europe for the next several decades until Jack’s death in 2003.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Kinler, brothers Ed and Elmer Kinler and sister Elsie Kinler all of Fresno, CA, and brother Al Kinler of Pollock Pines, CA, and her daughter, Edna Lemmon, of Lincoln City, OR.
She is survived by her daughter, Katie Hamilton of Sedona, Arizona.
Edna Abbott specifically asked in her will that the following motto be included in her obituary: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, milkshake in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”