Edna “Irene” (Hamilton) Cavendish, 78, of Roanoke, Virginia passed into the arms of Jesus, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at the Salem Veterans Hospital. We rejoice for her as she begins eternity in paradise with her Lord. She was born in Circleville, Ohio and a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church where she occasionally taught Sunday School.
She leaves behind five children: Connie J. Snyder and fiance’ Scott Czigan of Norwich, Ohio; her son Dr. Gordon “Francis” Cavendish Jr., and wife Penny of Rocky Mount, Virginia; Janelle M. Cavendish and husband Denny McCarty of Cincinnati, Ohio; Shannon J. Cavendish of Roanoke; and Sandra M. Frazier and husband Larry of Rocky Mount, Virginia; 14 grandchildren and 11 Great-Grandchildren, and her faithful Dachshund companion Mollie.
Also, surviving are her 5 siblings Barbara (Jack) Miller of Jacksonville, Florida; John (Judith) E.W. Hamilton of Clear Lake Minnesota; Dennis D. Hamilton of Texas; Christine (Dennis) V Milliman of Buffalo, New York; and Michael (Patricia) J. Hamilton of Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband Gordon ( Buddy) Francis Cavendish Sr., of 53 years ; her parents Edward Hamilton and Elma Etta (Chaffins). Son-in-law Dansel B. Snyder; and daughter-in-law Nikole Jean (Wright) Cavendish.
Irene was one of only 19 graduates of the Circleville, Ohio Walnut Township High School in 1958 and subsequently joined the Women’s Army Corp. She completed training in clerical procedures and typing at Ft. McClellan, Alabama and was assigned to the U.S. Army Transportation Command at Ft. Eustis, Virginia from 1958-1959. Upon getting married at Ft. Eustis she was honorably discharged and moved to Columbus, Ohio to be near relatives. Aside from being a loving wife and mother she worked for United Technologies in Zanesville, Ohio for many years as well as retired from Walmart after 20 years as an associate in both Dothan, Alabama and Roanoke, Virginia. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and writing in her spare time. She authored several short stories including For the Love of Sonny Boy, The Zingtown Sisters, and Enough is, Enough is Enough.
The Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lotz Chapel in Salem on Monday, May 6, 2019. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Lotz Chapel in Salem. Pastor Joanna Paysour of Cave Spring United Methodist Church will officiate Burial will follow next to her husband at Sherwood Memorial Park.
The family wishes to express a special THANK YOU! For the wonderful care and support of all the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Salem Veterans Hospital. They treated our Mother like the special person she was.