Edna Whittington Royston


November 12, 1931 - March 25, 2015


Edna Leanne Royston was born November 12, 1931 on a farm northeast of Hawarden, IA to Ed and Agnes (Vander Mei) Vande Hoef. She married William Whittington on October 17, 1951.  She later married Tom Royston of Mitchell, SD on June 26, 1982. Edna worked in flower shops all her life and in her later years her dream of owning her own flower shop was fulfilled when she opened Edna’s Flowers in Mitchell. Her love of family, horses, dogs, cats and flowers filled her days with great joy and kept her busy.

She is survived by four sons: Dennis Whittington, Hawarden, IA, David Whittington, Boise, ID, Drew Whittington, Brooklyn Park, MN, and Todd Royston, Prairie du Chien, WI, one daughter, Justine (Royston) Fuelmer, Spring Grove, PA, three sisters: Joann Winterfield, Ireton, IA, Agnes Kleinhesselink, Hixson, TN and Charlene Lill, Hawarden IA, 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Tom Royston, two daughters: Lynn and Amy, one son, Dean, five brothers: Adrian in infancy, Adrian, Harold, Tony and Richard, one sister, Cathy Bowden and sister-in-law, Maryetta Vande Hoef.


Friday, March 27, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, March 28, 2015
10:30 AM
Associated Church
719 10th Street
Hawarden, Iowa


Grace Hill Cemetery
Hawarden, Iowa

Posted by Jolynn Hanson on March 27, 2015
Edna was such a great person and a wonderful boss. Loved working for her at the flower shop. She will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy.
Posted by Ardyce Cooper McCormack on March 27, 2015
i remember boing to youth fellowship at the Associated Church in Hawarden. Find memories . My sympathy.
Posted by Holly Iversen on March 27, 2015
I am so sad to hear that Edna has passed. I have such nice memories of her from when I was a little girl. I remember getting to hang out with her at the flower shop on main, and later when she had Edna's Flowers. Her dog, Mac lived part time at our house and he was the only pet we had until Edna gave us McKeever when I was 12 or so. I remember her calm demeanor and her love of plants and pets and flowers. She was always...grand in my eyes. Awe...thinking of her makes me smile. I am sorry for your loss. She was a good person.
Posted by Elrod and Harriet Kaufman on March 25, 2015
Great memories of sharing Jessica with her! So sorry!
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