Edna Mae (Logsdon) Marantos rose from poverty and grief to marry a great man, James Marantos; nurture four children, Jeanette, Alexis, Lisa and Tom; and live nearly 81 years with beauty and resolve. She fought breast cancer ardently from 2002, and died February 16, 2011, in her beloved Riverside, CA home, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 9, 1930, in Bonanza, AR, to Thomas and Mildred (Williams) Logsdon. Edna was a playful tomboy who stood up to bullies and loved to sing. She never fully recovered from her father’s death from miners’ pneumonia (silicosis) when she was seven, or the death of her youngest brother, George, three days later. When she told the story, her grief was always fresh, even 73 years later. Edna went to live with her father’s sisters, primarily Ruth Perkins, first in Oklahoma and then in Bakersfield, CA. She left school and worked as a fruit picker for DiGorgio Fruit Packers and then as a donut maker for the Knotty Pine restaurant, where she met Jim Marantos. Their marriage on March 20, 1954, was a lifelong gift to them both. Edna went back to school in the 1970’s and proudly earned her high school diploma. The birth of her grandsons, Sascha and Dimitri Smith, gave her joy in the late 1980’s and 1990’s, when she and Jim made long, frequent visits to their home in Wenatchee. Edna had a knack for making things grow. She loved to collect things, read the newspaper, take long walks, hand water her yard and jump in the car with Jim for some kind of adventure. But mostly, she loved being with her family, especially her husband; turning back their bed and cuddling with him every night.
Survivors include her husband; children and their spouses, Steven B. Smith of Wenatchee, WA, Charlie Ware of Riverside, CA and Rafael Lopes of Los Angeles, CA; grandsons; siblings, Pearl Young Hernandez and Gerald Dee Young, both of Fresno, CA, Johnny Young of Oklahoma and Roy Young of Riverside, CA; and aunt, Lucy Hunter of Modesto, CA.
Her Celebration of Life is Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made payable to Art on the Avenues, care of Community Foundation of NCW, 9 S. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee WA, 98801.