Edna Lyma Miles (Cossitt)


Edna Lyma Miles (Cossitt), long-time Creede resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 5, 2022, in the River Valley Inn nursing home in Del Norte, Colo. She was 101 years young.

Edna is survived by her children Curtis Lyman Miles and wife Julie Meaders of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Darryl Immer Miles and wife Debby Roughton-Miles of Creede; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous adoring nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lyman and Belle Cossitt, her husband George I. Miles, her sisters Estelle Earle and Zola Rhodes, her son Ralph Miles, and her daughter Judy Crawley.

Edna’s life began on March 1, 1921, in Cambridge, Idaho, the daughter of Lyman Morgan Cossitt and Edna Belle Cossitt (Seavey).  She married George “Bud” Immer Miles on May 12, 1939, in Del Norte, Colo., and they enjoyed 36 wonderful years together. They resided in Creede for most of their lives, but lived for a short time in Oakland, Calif., during WWII. They were together until Bud’s death on July 28, 1975. Edna never remarried and spent much of her time helping her daughter Judy and her family, as well as raising two teenage boys by herself in the years immediately following Bud’s death.

Edna was a wife, a mom, and a homemaker. She was joint caretaker with Bud at the Spar City Corp. from 1949 until 1974. She owned the Creede Gift Shop in the Elks building from 1974 until selling, and then becoming manager of Tomkins Gift and Gas (now Downstream).

She was an active member of the Woodfern Rebekah’s Lodge #62 for more than 75 years (1/16/1946 initiation) and her other activities in the community as a volunteer with the Creede Ladies Aide are well documented.  She loved hummingbirds and roosters.

In her spare time, she enjoyed raising a flower garden and she really liked baking on the wood cookstove at Spar City. Her skills at baking, cooking, and canning were unequaled and she was quite renowned for her cherry pies, fried bread, and dill pickles.

She had a deep love for all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Every child was treated with a special kind of love reserved solely for each individual and each one of us hold precious memories of her love. She was truly special.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Sunny Side Chapel (White Church) near the Creede Cemetery on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 10 a.m. with graveside services and interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers or gifts the family would like to ask that donations be made to the Creede Ladies Aide Society in Edna’s name. Donations can be made by check and mailed to LAS c/o Creede Community Church, P.O. Box 126, Creede, CO 81130 or on line at: Contribute to Creede Ladies Aide Society in memory of Edna | Ever Loved.  You can find the online link here: https://everloved.com/life-of/edna-miles/donate/checkout/?flow=202&

The family wishes to thank all of our immediate family members for the continued support and love for Mom/Nan since her admission to River Valley on 1-4-2018. A very special thank you to the management and staff of River Valley Inn for the wonderful and loving care, to Dr. Kelsey Walker for the same, and to the loving Creede and Spar City Communities who make this community our home. There’s no place in the world like home!

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online words of comfort, remembrances or tributes for Edna’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com.

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