Members of the town of Apison, Tenn. area, including the Methodist, Baptist, and Adventist churches, gathered together March 2, 2014, at the Hullender Farm in honor of one of the areas oldest citizens, a resident since 1934, Edna Chesnutt. They helped celebrate her l00th birthday. She is a member of the Apison Seventh-day Adventist church.
Born in Canada, of parents Charles Beatty and Ebba Ekeblad (an immigrant from Sweden), the couple met in Iowa, married and moved to Canada, Edna had one sister, and one brother. Her mother died when she was 5 years old.
The family later moved to Yakima, Wash. Edna became an early morning person when quite young because it was necessary to rise at 5 a.m. to walk two miles to school that began at 7:30 a.m. Her sister left home to attend nursing school when Edna was only 11 years old, leaving Edna to care for the home duties.
After graduating from Yakima Valley Academy Edna visited with her brother in California, then visited friends at Southern Junior College in Collegedale, Tenn.
In 1938 she was married to W. H. "Shed" Chesnutt. They settled in Apison, Tenn. where she has still lives. They had two children Eddie (deceased) and Wanda, who has cared for her mother for three years.
Edna has been blessed of God with many talents. She made all her daughter's clothing, including her wedding gown. In addition to gardening, canning, quilting, tatting, crocheting and altering clothes for the neighbors, she worked as secretary at the Apison Elementary School for 12 years. She made prom gowns for all her granddaughters and christening gowns for all her great grandchildren.
She was also the church clerk at the Apison church for 11 years, in addition to playing the piano and organ. She was recruited by the Methodist Church to play for their choir and morning services, where she played until she was 94 years old.
She has made many baby clothes for people and at a later date she made wedding garments for those same people Later she played music for their funeral.
Her sweetness and willingness to help others is unequaled. She is very special.
by Nancy Patton