Dateline: November 11, 2004
Edna Mae LaFon
Beville, the daughter of early Clarendon settlers and cherished wife of
Ross Harwood Beville died in Bethesda, Maryland, on November 4, 2004,
after a very brief illness.
Edna Mae was raised
in Lelia Lake from 1911 until she and her family moved to Clarendon in
1924 so the LaFon girls and brother Lowell could attend Clarendon High
School. They all belonged to the little white church in Lelia Lake until
they moved to Clarendon and joined the Clarendon Methodist Church.
In high school, Edna Mae was a pom pom girl while Ross Harwood was
on the football team. They
were able to maintain high school friendships throughout a lifetime on the
East Coast by regularly attending their high school reunions here in
Clarendon. Their children
were brought to Clarendon regularly from Washington, DC.
Edna Mae cherished
the memories of life here and wrote a book about their family life in
Lelia Lake, a copy of which will be presented to the Burton Memorial
Library in Clarendon.
She and Ross moved to
the East in 1936, where Ross pursued a career in radio and was recognized
as “the father of FM radio.”
Edna Mae was the
“First Lady” of Takoma Park, Maryland, while Ross was the mayor for
several years. She was an
artist and the founding president of the Takoma Park Art Association. Her
interests also include fashion design, and she was recognized by awards
from Vogue magazine, one award being a three-week trip to the fashion
centers of Europe where she was entertained by the haute couture houses in
Paris, Rome, and London.
She and Ross traveled
extensively in Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United
Survivors include a
daughter, LaFon Beville Ward of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; a son, Ross Harwood
of Carmel, California; a son-in-law, Bill; a daughter-in-law, Judy; seven
grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; a
sister, Roberta Currie of Amarillo; a brother, Lowell LaFon of
Albuquerque; and a multitude of nieces and nephews and great nieces and
She has been
surrounded by a great and loving family all her life and she, Ross, and
their children have been blessed by the regular family reunions held on
the Currie Ranch.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon. Burial will be held at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon with Rev. Terry Tamplen of the First United Methodist Church in Odessa, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackburn-Shaw Memorial Chapel of Amarillo.
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