May she rest in peace:
We are sad to announce the death of our beloved sister
Dr. Ione Edwards.
Ione was a long time dedicated member of St Simon’s. She was Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee, had served on the vestry and on several other committees. She will remain forever in our hearts.
There will be a funeral Mass for Dr. Edwards on Friday, January 11th at 10:00 am.
Ione Louise Dunkley Edwards
Ione Louise Dunkley Edwards was the first of three children born to Lockland and Matilda English Dunkley, who migrated to New York, NY from Jamaica, West Indies in the 1920s during the Depression.
Ione graduated from George Washinton High School in New York City. She earned her undergraduate and masters degrees from Hunter College, and her Doctorate from Columbia University.
Ione spent her entire career in the New York City Board of Education school system. She began her career as a teacher, served as an assistant principal, and retired in 1999 after having served many years as an elementary school principal.
Ione met and married Theodore U. Edwards in August 1956 and had a daughter, Donna Maria. The family moved to New Rochelle, NY in 1966 and Ione resided there until her death.
Ione was a member of CSA and various other professional organizations. She was a 35 year member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; a charter member of the Links Inc., Greater Hudson Valley Chapter; a long term member of the Northeasterners; and a member of the Sophisticates for more than 30 years.
Ione was a faithful member of St. Simon the Cyrenian Episcopal Church in New Rochelle, where she served as a member of the Vestry and many other committees.
Ione passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 in Dallas, Texas, where she was enjoying an extended visit with her daughter and her beloved granddaughters, Danielle Salone O'Bannon and Dionne Teddie O'Bannon.
Ione was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Theodore, and her sister, Eileen Marie Fuller.
She is survived by her brother, Leon Latimer and his wife Juanita Carol; her nieces, Lisa Carol Dunkley and Pamela Ann Fuller; her nephew, Leon Dunkley Jr., a host of cousins and many beloved friends.
Published in the The Journal News on January 5, 2013
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