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Edith A. Mahana

June 15, 1925 - March 31, 2015

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Edith Alva (Sims) Mahana
Edith was born on June 15, 1925 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to Alva and Inez Sims. She was the eldest daughter of seven children.
Her parents and family moved from Tennessee to Prescott Arizona in 1928 and where she grew up attending grade school and high school. The family attended First Baptist Church of Prescott and they were actively involved. Edith accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of nine and was baptized shortly after. Edith was brought up to always be a caretaker; helping her mother care for and...

Edith Alva (Sims) Mahana
Edith was born on June 15, 1925 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to Alva and Inez Sims. She was the eldest daughter of seven children.
Her parents and family moved from Tennessee to Prescott Arizona in 1928 and where she grew up attending grade school and high school. The family attended First Baptist Church of Prescott and they were actively involved. Edith accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of nine and was baptized shortly after. Edith was brought up to always be a caretaker; helping her mother care for and raise her siblings. It was this upbringing that has been a core part of Edith's life in her marriage and raising her own children.
After graduating from high school in 1943, she joined the Cadet Nurses program at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, which provided scholarship funds for nurses training. This program was to train nurses to serve in VA hospitals during the war. After completing nursing school in 1946, she moved back to Prescott and worked at Whipple VA Hospital. It was at the VA hospital where she met a charming and handsome gentleman by the name of Mack Mahana or to others back home in Oklahoma was known as Ollie Mahana. She was struck by his smile and sparkling blue eyes. He was musically talented and sang and played his guitar to other patients on the ward. She was drawn to his kindness and care for others as he would entertain them to make their stay at the hospital more pleasant. Their courtship blossomed and on February 28th, 1948 they were married in Lordsburg, New Mexico on the way to Oklahoma and started their journey together. Their journey took them from Arizona to Oklahoma to California and back to Arizona where Edith supported her husband and raised 5 children and working as a nurse when she could.
During the period of having her children, she worked part time at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. When they moved to Ray, Az she worked for APS, processing customer bills. In 1960, they moved to Globe where she worked in Labor and Delivery at Gila General Hospital. During their years in Globe, she even had the joy of helping to deliver her first granddaughter.
She always fully supported her husband by managing the finances for two businesses, as well as managing her home and kids.
Edith was an active in church wherever she lived. While living in Globe, she served as a Deaconess at Maranatha Baptist Church using her special talents baking her lemon meringue pies, brownies, anything sweet for potlucks, quilting or making afghans for expecting mothers or wedding gifts, and of course making up batches of homemade ice cream for every social at church. When Mack and Edith retired to Phoenix, Edith became an active member at Palmcroft Baptist Church with the Children's Ministries and Willing Martha's making blankets for Crisis Pregnancy center and book bags for the children on the Navajo Reservation.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alva and Inez Sims, three brothers, Lewis, Karl , and Gene Sims and her sister Patricia (Robert) McAlister, and her husband Ollie "Mack" Mahana. She is survived by her sisters Mary Sims (Collins) and Barbara (Dexter) Gill and her children, Edith Kathleen (Richard) Mann, Gary Lee (Jackie) Mahana, Larry Mack (JoHannah) Mahana, Randall Lloyd Mahana, and Molly Colleen Mahana (Norman) and her step-daughters, MaryAnn Jeffers and Anna Read. She has 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10am at Palmcroft Baptist Church, 15825 N 35th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Palmcroft Baptist Church, Children's Ministries.
Arrangements were provided by Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary and Palmcroft Baptist Church. Online condolences can be left at Edith Mahana memorial at www.phoenixmemorialmortuary.com.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Huger Mercy Living Center and the wonderful care they provided to Edith during her stay and final days.