Passed away August 7th at 91. She was the anchor of the Louisville Yarmuth family for 70 years. Born in Louisville on January 26, 1927, to Sam and Hattie Klein, Edna was the valedictorian of her 1944 graduation class at Atherton High School. She attended the University of Michigan for one year before marrying Stanley Yarmuth, whom she had met at a USO dance when Stanley was in basic training at Fort Knox.
Like so many women of that era, she dedicated herself to raising her children and instilling the value of family cohesiveness. More than that, she was a model of grace and warmth who affected everyone she met. She had a brilliant and fiercely independent mind, was a voracious reader, and an excellent bridge player. While she preferred to be a private person, she was comfortable and successful in the public arena. She was a perfect partner for the dynamic chief executive of a Fortune 500 company, but she also was a pioneer as one of the first members of the Louisville and Jefferson County Human Relations Commission. Her life exemplified her commitment to an inclusionary society, both in public policy and personal conduct.
After Stanley’s death in 1975, Edna found satisfaction in working as an interior decorator with Thorpe Interiors, but most of her energy was devoted to her grandchildren, Jennifer, Jacob, Aaron, Jessica, Jamie, and Braden , who survive her and cherish the time they had with her. She also formed a unique friendship with Ray and Elise Sales, which sustained her for many years.
Edna is also survived by her extremely grateful children: Fran, William (Susan), Robert (Judy), and John (Cathy); her grandchildren, and their spouses, Scott Cheatham (Jennifer), Ross Cohen (Jessica), and Sarah Tate (Aaron). And she doled out special affection to her great-grandchildren, Lucas, Cash, Egan, and Godric. She is also survived by her sister, June Atlas (Stanley).
One can only wonder what a person with Edna’s innate talents and personal qualities would have become in today’s world. It is safe to say that she would have been a monumental success in her husband’s and sons’ business world, in the political arena, or in any field she chose. Rather, she left her indelible mark on the many people she touched and loved.
There will be a private graveside service. Visitation will be 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 10th in The Yarmuth Chapel at Congregation Adath Jeshurun, 2401 Woodbourne Avenue. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Congregation Adath Jeshurun or the donor’s favorite charity.