Mary Edna Bowden Steinhauer
(March 28, 2013)
Did you see the heavens light up a
little on Thursday night? Maybe what you saw was Edna Steinhauer making her entrance.
The south lost a daughter on March 21, 2013. Mary Edna Bowden Steinhauer, born
in Kingston, Ga. on June 21, 1924, joined her parents, Helen McClellan Bowden and Luther
Bartley Bowden; her brothers Clifford, Claude, Earl and Gerald Bowden; and her sister, Louise
Still earthbound are Edna's loving family and countless
friends and admirers.
Edna Bowden began her journey in life as the fourth
child of Helen McClellan Bowden and Luther Bartlett Bowden. Her formative years were spent
in Ensley, Ala. There, she joined the Salvation Army. Like her brother Claude, she was
called to service in the army of the Lord. She attended Training College in Atlanta, where
she met Albert Steinhauer. She married Albert on May 5, 1948. They were blessed with
daughters Sharon Darlene, and Patti Gail.
Edna and Albert traveled
throughout the south as Salvation Army officers. After a brief stint as corps officers serving
parishioners, they transitioned to the Men's Social Service Centers, where they provided a safe
haven and counseling to men who were addicted to alcohol or otherwise alienated from
society. They retired in 1984 to a home they had built in Madisonville, just up the hill from
Edna's parents, where Edna, Albert, Edna's sister Helen and Helen's husband Ricky cared for
them. Edna and Albert were members of the First United Methodist Church in
Madisonville. During her retirement, she delighted in working for fellow church member,
Barbara Pennington, at her store, Pennington Jewelers, in Madisonville, and meeting many more of
her fellow Tennesseans.
Edna's bright countenance, quick wit and gentle
nature won her a place in the hearts of hundreds of her fellow travelers over the
years. She brought the sunshine with her when she walked into a room, and somehow made
waiting in line fun.
She is survived by brothers and
spouses-Luther Bowden and Joyce of Elmira, Ore.; and Frank Bowden of Benton City,
Sister and brother-in-law- Helen Bowden Croft Bell and Ricky of
Husband-Albert, who now resides in Mesa, Ariz.;
Daughters-Sharon Steinhauer (Linda Bartlett) of Queen Creek, Ariz.; Sarah
Patrice Wright (nee Patti) and Melvyn of Woodacre, Calif.;
Corral (Connie Watt) of Mesa, Ariz.;
Granddaughter-Keely Corral (Chris
Lane) of Chandler, Ariz.;
Step-grandson-Will Wright of Stanford, Ind.;
Step-granddaughter-Alwyn Wright Davies (Daniel) of Burbank, Calif.;
Great-grandson-Dustin Corral; and
Great-granddaughters-Bryana Emmons of Hayward, Calif.; Morgyn and Alyssa Lane of
Chandler, Ariz.; and Ruby Davies of Burbank, Calif.
spent her final years in assisted living in Arizona, she always thought of Madisonville as her
home. She carried her father's love of Tennessee in her heart, and her remains will be
returned to her beloved south.
Edna passed gently from natural causes.
Those wishing to honor her memory should smile, and give generously to the charity of their