Friday evening, March 19, 2021, the world lost an exceptional human being with the death of Kathy Edes. Strong matriarch, successful businesswoman, adventurer, loving wife, adored mother grandmother, and great grandmother, Kathy leaves a beautiful legacy of love and devotion that will guide her family through their lifetimes. Kathy died with her beloved husband of exactly 56 years to the day by her side.
Kathy was a single mother at an early age, and she struggled to provide for her son, Allen, while working as a bookkeeper at Sears and Roebuck in Amarillo. Their world changed for the better the day she met Melvin Edes. Melvin and Kathy fell in love and were married in 1965 and Melvin became dad to Allen. It was the best thing that could have happened for each of them, and Kathy and Melvin made a beautiful life together over the years.
In 1984, Kathy and Melvin began the adventure of a lifetime, with the opening of Edes Meats. Their hard work and perseverance made Edes Meats a household name in the Texas Panhandle region, synonymous with fantastic quality and service. One could always count on seeing Melvin out front and Kathy in her office almost any time the doors were open for business.
Perhaps Kathy’s most cherished role in life was as Gigi, grandmother to her adoring granddaughters, Jordan, and Alexa. She cherished her granddaughters and showered them with love. In December of 2018, Kathy’s legacy expanded with the birth of her great-grandson, Reno Hart Demezza. She was overjoyed by this birth and she dreamt of spending her later years watching him grow.
Kathy was loved and admired by everyone who knew her, and she knew many. She was a striking woman with great style and hair as white as snow. You could always pick her out of a crowd. Kathy took great pride in her faith in God and found immense joy in her community at The Colonies Church of Christ.
Kathy positively touched many lives throughout her lifetime and her legacy will continue on in many ways. Those of us who loved her dearly will rejoice in the love and laughter we shared with her while she was with us.
The service will be at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at The Colonies Church of Christ with Dick Marcear officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family requests that all in attendance wear masks. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at the funeral home.
The family requests that donations be made to the Amarillo Little Theatre, and/or the Church of Christ Children’s Home.
16 Replies to “Kathy Edes”
Mr. Edes and family, please accept our prayers and condolences on the passing of your dear wife. May the Lord bless and strengthen you.
The Sisters at Prayer Town
Melvin and Family, Sorry to hear about Kathy. You are all in our prayers.
Liz and Greg Matos
Melvin an family,
What a beautiful tribute to Kathy, Brad an I knew her from your business and always enjoyed our visits with Kathy down thru the years, what a wonderful lady. We are so sorry for your loss and thinking and praying for the family.
Sincerely, Brad and Mindy Bradley
Melvin, Tim and were so sorry to hear about Kathy’s passing. We will never forget meeting you and Kathy at your wonderful store, Ede’s Meats, back in 1987. Kathy was always welcoming, so gracious and helpful. We offer prayers for the Lord’s comfort and peace for you in the time to come. Love to you and your family.
Melvin; we’re so sorry to hear about Kathy! You & your family are certainly in our thoughts & prayers. Love, Dick & Jane Rice
Kathy will be dearly missed by our family. Although I did not know Kathy as well as my husband did, she was always warm and loving. I will never forget when we had our first born, we had to take him to the shop so she could weight him on the scales.
Melvin, I’m so very sorry, to hear of Kathys passing, since I had seen her at the Beauty Shop., seemed not that long ago. My heart goes out to you and all your family, whom she loved so much. Deepest sorrow for all of you.
Melvin Sending Love and Prayers to you sir , I will always cherish the memory of the beautiful smile Mrs Edes always had when I would see hear , Love you all
Dear Melvin and family. I was so sorry to hear about Kathy’s passing. She was so special to our family and a very dear friend to my mother, Ruby. Kathy took the time to let me, my children, and all my extended family know she loved and cared for us. Kathy will be greatly missed. Love and prayers for you all.
Melvin and family, am so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. I used to see her in the store all the time but never really knew her. Melvin you have been a great friend over the years to a lot of us and we have missed you at Edes. My prayers to you and family
Love and prayers to all of Kathy’s loved ones and friends. Though we lost touch over the years she was a wonderful person and a great friend to my mother, Ruby Sandlin. She will be missed.
We are so sad to learn of Kathy’s passing. What a great and loving lady! We know that she is dearly missed. Our prayers are with Melvin, Allen, and all of the family.
What a beautiful tribute to a truly amazing woman. To Allen, Melvin and the rest of her family and loved ones, I offer heartfelt condolences. May God grant you all peace and comfort.
I knew her as “Kathryn.” She was my eldest first cousin, and was the daughter of (I can say this now) my favorite uncle and aunt. Her folks always had time and attention to spare to nephews (lots) and a niece (just one) no matter what their age or how far separated by distance.
Kathryn lived true to her family legacy. I was still a shirt-tail kid when she went through her first brief marriage and was struggling to support herself and Allen. Once she hooked up with Melvin, things took a brighter road for her and hers. And she made that road brighter and better for the rest of her life, for all of us.
Kathryn, like her folks before her, was an anchor, a rock of stability and order for other family branches that from time to time were undergoing turmoil or grief to some degree or another. She was always there (and I give Melvin lots of credit here) to demonstrate by personal example how adversities can be endured and overcome. And how they can make us stronger rather than grinding us down.
Due largely to my own inattentions and neglect, I lost contact with Kathryn and Melvin in recent years. I greatly regret that, and I have taken a lesson from it.
Kathryn’s life provides a great lesson and example for us; but her passing leaves a lesson for us also, and it is this:
Life, and life’s ultimate conclusion, doesn’t always give us a lot of notice of what is coming next. If you have a person in your life, a friend or family member, who is important to you as an example or friend or confidant, tell that person how important they are to you. Let them know how lucky you feel to have them in your life. You have a bond. Make it stronger.
And stay in touch. Stay in touch.
God bless Kathryn. And may God bless us all.
What a wonderful women, Mom, Wife Grandmother and my friend that she was. Never went into Edes Meats no matter how bad her day had been she always has a beautiful smile on her face. God got one of the best in Heaven without a doubt. I will see you another day my friend. May God be with the family and heal their hearts of the pain the are feeling. Praying a special prayer for you Melvin❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
So very sorry for your families loss . Kathy will be dearly missed … She was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever been friends with .