Phyllis A. Edmondson
After a brave battle with ovarian cancer, Phyllis Ann (Kolich) Edmondson, aged 88, went to be with her Lord on June 17, 2021. She was born in Braddock Hills, Pa., on July 28, 1932, to the late Joseph C. Kolich and Anna (Radockovich) Kolich Medich. She was also preceded in death by her husband, N. William Edmondson Jr., brothers Joseph B. and John Richard Kolich and a granddaughter, Bethany Sarah Edmondson.
Phyllis is survived by: her children, William K. Edmondson (Rebecca Ashbaugh Edmondson) of Mount Desert, Wayne H. Edmondson (Caroline Petrucci Edmondson) of Burnham, Michele E. Knupp (Scott E. Knupp) of Ligonier, Pa., grandchildren Ethan Edmondson (Jessica) of Farmington, Corrina Edmondson of Waterville, Samuel Edmondson of Marlborough, Mass., Leah Edmondson Davis (Robbie) of Avon, Mass., Beau Knupp of Latrobe, Pa., Callen Knupp Smith (Austin) of Cadiz, Ohio, great-grandchildren, Cecilia Edmondson, Asher Davis, and Liam Edmondson, and a half-sister, Diane (Medich) Penrod, of Waterford, Pa.
A graduate of Scott High School in North Braddock, Phyllis married the love of her life, Norval William Edmondson, in December of 1955 after his return from the U.S. Marine Corps. Early on they worked together to establish a family and a general contracting business. Through their mutual efforts they acquired a home and provided for the needs of their young family. Phyllis was known as an exceptional cook and was blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit; she built several businesses throughout the decades of the 1960s to the 2000s. Most notably she was the owner/operator of the Dairy Delite and the Oak Grove Poultry Farm/Chicken of Tomorrow restaurants in Ligonier, the Chicken Coop furniture store in Oak Grove and the clothing and gift boutique known as the EDGE Trading Co. in Bar Harbor.
After the death of her husband, Phyllis enjoyed spending her summers on Mount Desert Island near her sons and their families then returned to Ligonier through the winter months to be with her daughter and her family.
In her later years she returned to Ligonier full time and enjoyed her home in the hills and the fellowship of her church family at the Word of Life Church in Greensburg. She spoke unashamedly about the Lord, lived her life in accordance with what she believed was God’s will and shared her faith with genuine zeal bred out of confidence in God’s grace and goodness.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no public viewing of the body or memorial service. In lieu of flowers gifts and memorials can be sent to: Word of Life Church, 497 State Route 136, Greensburg, PA 15601, or: wordoflife.church/give.
Arrangements entrusted to Snyder-Green Funeral Home Inc., Ligonier, PA (724-238-2611).