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Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia 63382.
Officiating will be: Pastor Paul Catterton.
Music provided by: Shirley Forgy - pianist.
Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Paul Thompson, Ron Gasperini, Dennis Doyle, Kelly Doyle, Mark Doyle and Edwin Doyle. Honorary pallbearers: Guy Chase, Bill Nation, John Fitzgerald and John Weiser.
Edna "Eddie" Marie (Gruer) Belts passed away at 1:35 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. She was a lifelong resident of the Laddonia and Vandalia areas. "Eddie" was a 1946 graduate of the Laddonia High School and she then started working at the Ely Walker Garment Factory in Vandalia. After a few years, she began working as the bookkeeper for Wasson Grain Elevator. Eddie then worked again as the bookkeeper for Jerman Farm Supply and retired from there in 1990. She was a member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church, the Vandalia VFW Post 2173 Auxiliary and the Vandalia Country Club. Eddie enjoyed sewing, dancing, gardening and playing golf with Wade.
Born: May 21, 1928 in rural Laddonia, Missouri the daughter of Irvin Frederick and Mollie Marie (Ehrlich) Gruer Sr.
Married: George Thompson Jr. in Mexico, Missouri on April 30, 1948; he passed away on July 30, 1970; she then married Edgar Wade Belts in Vandalia on November 28, 1975; he survives.
Survivors include: husband, Wade of Vandalia; two sons: Monte and wife, Joyce Thompson of Mexico; Marlin and wife, Paula Thompson of Vandalia; two daughters: Kandace and husband, Ron Gasperini of Naperville, Illinois; Karla Thompson of Vandalia; two brothers: Irvin and wife, Glenna Gruer of Centralia, Missouri; twin brother, Edward and wife, Edith Gruer of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina; one sister, Ruth Doyle of Jacksonville, Illinois; one grandson, Paul Thompson and two step-granddaughters, Georgette Chamberlain and Dubray Renae Tallman; also survived by six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: parents; two sisters, Dorothy Barnett and Mae Gardner.
Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society.
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