Edna “Mema” Gavette passed away peacefully after a short illness at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
She was born on August 12, 1933, in Arkville to Roy and Mildred Scott. She married Glenn R. Gavette on April 11, 1954. Edna graduated from Margaretville Central School in 1951 and graduated from SUNY Delhi College in 1952 with a degree in Secretarial Science. She then began a long career as Herman Gottfried’s secretary. During that time, she was involved in many things. She was on the Village Board, and also served as the first lady Mayor of Margaretville. Edna was also on the board of SUNY Delhi and one of the first members of the MARK Project. She was involved with and cared about her community and the surrounding area.
Edna enjoyed a little gambling now and then, taking many trips to Atlantic City and Monticello. Edna was also a Bingo player on Monday nights for many years. She also enjoyed playing cards. Between the Gavette’s, the Miller’s, and the Hubbell’s, many cards were shuffled, and a few curse words were spoken. In more recent years it was the weekly card games with the girls, Tillie, Marion, Kay, Alice, and Carol, and they weren’t raided once.
Edna also enjoyed sports. She bowled for many years and was an avid Mets fan, Lenny Dykstra being her favorite Met. She watched many games, attended her son’s games and always wanted to know about her grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ games, she loved listening to Michael talk about his games. Edna had a love for animals that started with her pet rooster Lincoln on the farm. She had many pets after, but two of her favorites were Siggy and later Sam.
Edna had many joys in life including her oldest and dearest friend Charlette, but probably her biggest joy and what she was most proud of were her grand and great-grandkids. They all brought her so much love and happiness.
Edna was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband Glenn, and her son Chuck. Surviving are her sister Carol Bouton, her sons Scott (Addison), and Alan, daughter in law Sharon; her grandkids Christina, Lindsay, Lawson, Donovan, Keith (Rose-Anne), Kayla (Greg), Kristi (Erick). Also surviving are great-grandkids Serhan, Serkan, McKinley, Michael, Anastasia, Xandria, Lukas, Connor, Savannah, Maci and Taet and Everett coming soon. Niece Jenny, and nephews Jed and Jimmy and their families also survive.
Any donations can be made in Edna’s name to the Margaretville Ambulance Squad.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, Jan. 23 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at Hynes Funeral Home. A gathering will be held following the funeral at the Margaretville Fire Hall. Burial will be at a later date in the Margaretville Annex Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville NY.