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Edna Kruse

Mar 15th, 1931 - Jul 12th, 2020

Memorial Ceremony: 3 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Visitation: 2 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the funeral home

Private interment will take place in Elmwood Cemetery.


   Edna M. Kruse, age 89, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Sunday morning, July 12, 2020, at Flora Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.

   She was born March 15, 1931, in Hugoton, Kansas, the daughter of Glen and Lena (Brown) Hamby.  She was united in marriage to Merle Kruse on May 25, 1951, in Cody, Wyoming, and together they shared 60 years of marriage until his death December 10, 2011.

   Edna worked at the shoe factory and helped Merle in the office at their business, United Water Blasters.  She was a member of the Clay County Hospital Auxiliary and was an avid crocheter.  Over the years she enjoyed traveling the country with Merle in their motorhome, and often reminisced about their winters spent in Texas and many summers in Branson.  Edna enjoyed time spent with her grandkids camping and visiting Branson and cherished all the memories they had made over the years.  

   She is survived by her daughter: Sandy (Terry) Frost of Louisville; daughter-in-law: Donna Kruse of Cameron, MO; 4 grandchildren: Matt (Dena) Kruse of Highland, Adam Kruse of Cameron, MO, Andy (Jerri) Frost of Flora, and Leslie (Damien) Bowling of Flora; 10 great-grandchildren: Shelby, Jacob, Jarrett, Miranda, and Phebe Kruse, Karleigh and Mollie Frost, and Emery, Drew, and Casey Bowling; and siblings: Gene Hamby, Sue Roberts, and Terry Harris.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Merle Kruse; 3 sons: John, Michael, and David Kruse; and siblings: Frances Curtis, Bonnie Black, and Patsy Price.

   A Memorial Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, with Rusty Courson officiating.  Private interment will take place in Elmwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be 2 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Meals on Wheels and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence visit:


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Brenda Rinehart

July 13th

So sorry for your loss. Edna was special to me. My baseball buddy.⚾️

Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

July 13th

I am so sorry for your loss.

Robin Corry

July 13th

So sorry for your loss. Edna's was a special lady.

Jim & Janice Frost

July 13th

Sending our love and condolences. What a loving and strong woman, such an example for all of us.

Pat Burt

July 13th

What a gracious woman. I'm pleased that I got to know her.

Sammie and Tina Wickiser

July 13th

Jane Snyder

July 13th sorry to learn of your mother’s passing! She was a beautiful person inside and out. I admired her strength and courage as she dealt with all the sorrow life handed her over the years! Love to you!!

Cheri Laughlin Wildbur

July 13th

Thinking of you and your family with heartfelt sympathy. Your mom was a wonderful lady and I enjoyed the times I visited with her. Hoping you find comfort in your many memories of your mom.

Bill and Robin Atwood

July 13th

Ms. Sandy, So very sorry to hear of your mother's passing! Prayer of comfort to you, Terry and the family.

Darrell & Dawn Cox

July 13th

Sandy, we are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Prayers for peace and comfort to you and your family.

Dave & Deb Grahn

July 14th

So sorry for your loss! May God bless you with His comfort during this difficult time!

Debi & Mark Hilliard

July 14th

Edna was such an influence on my life when I worked for her from 1980-1990. She was a very strong, no nonsense woman, and I will always cherish the memories of the time we spent together both at work and away from work. So sorry for your loss Sandy and family.

Terry Igert

July 14th

So sorry to hear about your mom!!! We are praying for God to give you his peace at this time!!

Denise Tadlock

July 14th

Sandy, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I know how much you loved her. I will keep you in my prayers.

Vickie Simpson

July 15th

I was blessed to meet Edna through the Clay County Hospital Auxiliary. What a lovely lady! Enjoyed talking to her and she always had a smile at the front desk and was such an asset to the auxiliary/hospital. Prayers to the family. Vickie Simpson/Secretary CCH Auxiliary

Ron Pruitt

July 16th

i lift the Kruse family and friends up in prayer, I will always cherish the WaterBlaster days, working for Meryl and Edna John and David, i will always remember Edna's huge smile she had on her face when we spoke as well as Meryl's big grin.. @ people i really loved working for...

Tracy Lane

July 16th

Prayers being sent for the family. Edna was a bright light in my life for the short time I knew her.

Mary Sefton Saras

July 17th

Sandy and Terry, sending heartfelt sympathy over the loss of Sandy and David’s mother. David was my high school classmate. Losing a dear mother is so hard. It was nice to see you at my brother’s recent visitation. I appreciate your support, as well.



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