Edna May Withrow Kirkpatrick, daughter, wife, mother, grandma, “Do,” “Aunt Do,” died Nov. 13, 2020.

She was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Rockbridge County and was the daughter of James Earl and Edna Reid Withrow. She married Charles McDowell Kirkpatrick on Aug. 29, 1956, at the old Stone Presbyterian Church in Timber Ridge.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Lyle of New Jersey, and Charles Andrew and wife Karen of Rockbridge Baths; along with two grandchildren, Cody McDowell and Katie Lindsay, who brought much joy into her life.

She is also survived by her sister Nancy Lee Sensabaugh and husband Burnett of Rockbridge Baths; her brother James Samuel Withrow and wife Heather of Brandy Station; and sister-in-law Betty Ruth Smith of Chesterfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband on July 17, 1988; her parents; sister Margaret Ellen Patterson Rogers and husband Henry of Staunton; sister-in-law Elizabeth Goode Kirkpatrick; brother-in-law Emmett Bruce Kirkpatrick.

Edna May often spoke as coming “full circle” growing up on Route 39/Maury River Road and graduating from Brownsburg High School as class valedictorian in 1953. She furthered her education at Dunsmore Business College, while faithfully attending Sunday school and worshiping at Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church. Edna May was employed by Washington and Lee University for several years.

She lived on Turkey Hill Road in Rockbridge Baths where she enjoyed the beautiful scenic view of House Mountain. She was an active and faithful member of Bethany Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed walking outdoors, gardening and growing flowers. Many neighbors would often see Edna May walking on the road with her two beagles or later with her grandchildren in the stroller. Reading and singing were some of her favorite things to do; she passed on her love of reading to both of her grandchildren. Edna May loved visiting with family and friends and meeting new people, her friendships would last a lifetime. She was also well known for her memory of events, family, friends and flowers.

When she was very young, her father taught her the Lord’s Prayer as she sat on his lap. From the time of his death in 1980 she was a loving and caring daughter to her mother who died in 1995. Her faith and belief in the grace of the Lord and Savior were her living testimony.

Graveside services will be at the Alone Mill Cemetery in Lexington on Friday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. Memorials can be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1320 Bethany Road, Lexington, VA 24450.

In lieu of flowers, we wish for family and friends to purchase a plant or flower for themselves and allow it to bring you many happy memories of Edna May.

The family would also like to thank the doctors and staff at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory. N-G

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