Wade Rayner Edwards, the third child of Dale and Dorothy Edwards, was born November 1, 1944 in Broadus, MT. He passed away January 12, 2020 at Tendernest’s Yellowstone Manor of Lewy Body Dementia.
Wade grew up on the Edwards Ranch and went to the Edwards School through the 8th grade. He then attended and graduated from Powder River County High School. He left home for Montana State College in 1962.
Wade married his long time sweetheart, Joyce Shamley, at St. David’s Church in Broadus on March 21, 1964. Their daughter Terri was born in Bozeman in 1965.
Wade graduated from the now Montana State University in 1966. Wade began his teaching career by “student teaching” at Riverside Junior High School. Joyce joined him teaching in School District #2 in 1967. Wade taught mathematics for 14 years before leaving to become a salesman. He enjoyed the traveling and working with many people all over Montana.
Wade and Joyce travelled frequently to visit family and friends. They saw the country — from Alaska to Hawaii, from Maine to California – much of it driving. Wade was an avid card player and loved his gambling. He made long term friends at the poker/keno machines as well.
After he retired, Wade volunteered at the Cop Shop and at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
Wade was preceded in death by his parents and sister Debra Ann.
Wade is survived by his wife Joyce and daughter Terri, siblings Louise Alderman (Gerald), Francis (Diana), Larry (Debby), John (Kathy), Connie Hayes (Mitchell) and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
A vigil will be held at 7pm on Wednesday March 18 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, and memorial mass will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Thursday March 19 at 11am.