Lina Edna Whaley went home to God and was united with her dear sisters, brothers, parents, grandparents and her husband on October 11, 2020. Edna loved life as evidenced by her frequent sassy attitude, her commitment to family and friends, and her deep investment in persevering through trials and celebrating joys. Generous, gracious, loving and caring were qualities frequently used to describe Edna. She was a talented artist who appreciated beauty. Edna loved telling a story about her early birth because it too, became evidence of her determination to live and love life. Edna was the third child of Lucy and Floyd Roberts. She was predeceased by her parents, and her five sisters and brothers. Her siblings were: Bill, Bobbie, Joan, AB, and Virginia. Edna was also predeceased by her husband, Cleo Whaley. Edna was very proud of her Cades Cove heritage in the Oliver family. She was the last living member of the Cades Cove Primitive Baptist church. Edna leaves her daughters, Suzann and Sherry, son-in-law Mike, grandsons Gabriel and wife Chrystie, Elijah and wife Megan, and great grandsons Cade and Oliver. Edna also leaves many loved and cherished family members including in-laws, nieces and nephews, and friends. Edna’s family thanks all those who shared their time and love with Edna, especially in her last few years. We are also grateful for the kind, loving professionalism of Edna’s caregivers. The immediate family will hold a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Alzheimer’s Tennessee (www.alztennessee.org). Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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