David LaRue Edwards, 73, of Norman, Oklahoma, and previously Corry, Pennsylvania, died on Friday, July 3, 2020, at Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City after a 30-year battle with heart disease.
He was born in Corry, Pa., on April 17, 1947, to Leonard LaRue Edwards and Mary Alice Armitage Edwards Burrows.
David grew up in Columbus, Pa., and attended school in the Corry Area School District. He graduated from Corry Area High School in 1965 and went on to obtain a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Edinboro University in 1969. He began teaching in the fall of 1969 at his alma mater and retired in 2004, having taught 35 years. In the last few years of his career he was co-technology coordinator while still teaching some classes. One comment frequently heard from former students was that he was patient and if a student put forth an honest effort, Mr. Edwards would help them succeed.
David married Mary Elizabeth Dorman on June 27, 1975, on his parents’ wedding anniversary and Mary’s mother’s birthday. Mary and David had two children, Maeghan and Christopher. They enjoyed boating and camping as a family. Attending Christopher’s swimming and diving events and Maeghan’s flute performances were top priorities for them both. David was an avid deer hunter, enjoyed golf and was an exceptional bowler. He was Faculty Advisor for the Corry High School Key Club and chaired the Kiwanis sponsored BUG (Bring Up Grades) program for the Corry School District. He joined Kiwanis in 2014 and retained membership in the Kiwanis Club of Corry, Pa., after moving to Oklahoma where he became a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Moore Oklahoma. After retirement, he and Mary traveled a great deal in their RV. In 2016, they completed camping in 48 states, including 30 National Parks. For David, camping in Alaska and Hawaii weren’t considerations because he always joked that Alaska was too far away and, “you’d need a really, really long ramp and have to drive really, really fast” to get to Hawaii with a motor home.
David was preceded in death by his father, Leonard, in 2008; and son, Christopher in 2000.
David is survived by his wife Mary, with whom he celebrated 45 years of marriage a week before his death. His daughter Dr. Maeghan Hennessey and her husband John live in Norman, Okla., with their five children: Emily, Hannah, Jacob, Abigail and Nolan. These little ones were the love of their Pa’s life and his last wish was to see them again. God granted his wish and his five grandbabies were able to spend time with him the last two days of his life. David is also survived by his mother, Mary Burrows, who lives in Corry, Pa.; and his sisters, Dr. Renee and husband Rafael Duchene of Baton Rouge, La., Dr. Michelle Conda and her husband Robert of Cincinnati, Ohio, LaVonne Miller and her husband Jeff of Corry, Pa., and Judy Woodburn and her husband Fred of Sugar Grove Pa.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Because of church closures due to COVID-19, a private family service was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, July 25.
The service will be available to view via the internet. If you would like the link to the video, please contact Mary at email@example.com .
To honor David’s memory, Mary and Maeghan are planning to have a “Gathering of Family and Friends” in both Oklahoma and Pennsylvania however, the dates have not been established at this time.
If you would like to send a memorial gift, please consider donating to the Kiwanis Club of Moore, P.O. Box 6472, Moore, OK 73153; or the Kiwanis Club of Corry, P.O. Box 330, Corry PA 16407, to support their respective Key Clubs.