|Edna Floe was the first of five siblings born to Gertrude Boyd Poree and Edgar F. Poree, Sr. She was born on November 15, 1925, in the City of New Orleans, where she attended the public schools of Orleans Parish, and matriculated at Dillard University where she made a marvelous and significant contribution in music with her beautiful and captivating soprano voice and graduated with Cum Laude honors before going to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education.
During her professional years that followed, Edna Floe served as teacher in the Orleans Parish school system, assistant supervisor of Project Teacher-Aide, Primary Consultant, Basic Skills Specialist, and spent two summers in the Administrative Program in France sponsored by the French Government, and worked with other professionals in the Even Start Program, designed to lift young mothers and their children for better opportunities for the future.
For all of this she was awarded the Presidential Citation in recognition of exemplary experiences by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education on Saturday, March 18, 1995, in Washington, District of Columbia.
Throughout her interest in multi-faceted educational concerns she never forgot the church and its mission. She was a devoted .and consecrated lay person who served in numerous capacities. She also was a warm, loving, and caring minister’s wife. Her call to that city “not made with bands, eternal in the heavens” came Thursday, August 17, 1995, at Lakeland Hospital, New Orleans.
Funeral service was conducted Monday, August 21, 1995, 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church (the church of her lifetime) with Dr. Carole Cotton-Winn, District Superintendent, officiating and Dr. Samuel W. Walker (Retired) delivering the eulogy. Assisting in the service were Rev. Andy L Foreman and Rev. Kenneth M. Fisher.
She leaves to mourn her, husband, Robert F. Harrington; her son, Mose Pleasure, III; her step-daughter, Dr. Ada H. Belton; her sisters, Natalie Chapital and Anna Lea Tillage; a brother, Edgar F. Poree, Jr.; a sister-in-law, Gloria G. Poree, and a brother-in-law, McBurnett Knox, Jr.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extremely close friends.
“The strife is o’er the botde done;
The victoiy of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun; Alleluia!”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 279, By Rev. Samuel W. Walker, Sr|