August 2, 2023

Reba Edwards, 71, of Springfield, Ill., died July 24, 2023, at St. John’s hospital in Springfield. Reba was born in Litchfield to Hugh Campbell and Reba (Arnold) Campbell. On May 1, 1976, she married Lyndell Edwards. They were married for 47 years.

She graduated from Gillespie High School in 1970. She attended Clarke College in Newton, Miss. She later graduated from Delta State University. After she graduated, she dedicated her life to teaching and making a difference in the lives of every student she taught. Reba spread her knowledge and passion for Christian education by participating in seminars for an accredited Christian curriculum during her teaching career. In 2015, Reba retired from teaching full time. In retirement, she worked as a paraprofessional in a school for children with special needs until moving to Springfield in 2020. Reba was a devout Christian and exercised her faith through her teaching and the life she lived out each and every day. She sang in the youth choir at first Baptist church in Gillespie and was active in the Rainbow program at church. Reba was a member of Eastview Baptist Church in Springfield. She enjoyed flower arranging, and cooking and baking for her friends and family.

Reba is survived by her husband, Lyndell Edwards; her daughter, Ramae Edwards; and her two grandchildren, James Fridley and Nova Fridley. Reba was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers-in-law, Charles Kepler and Danny, Dale and Dean Edwards.

Funeral services were held at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie on Saturday, July 29. Burial was at Oak Wood cemetery in Greenfield.

Memorials are suggested to the Indian Creek Southern Baptist Christian School. Condolences can be sent to Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie

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