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March 02, 2024

Edna Kay Rink Stafford

Edna Kay Rink Stafford

On August 21, 2021, Edna Kay Rink Stafford, 80, of Gastonia, passed away from complications due to Covid.

Edna was born and raised in Hickory, until she married the love of her life, Wade Alford Stafford of Taylorsville, and they relocated to Gastonia. She attended Hickory High School and studied at Evans Business College and Gaston College.

Edna enjoyed her time working with the City of Gastonia, Homelight, and The Boy Scouts of America. She made friends wherever she went and had many loyal clients as a tax preparer during her 20 years at H&R Block.

In her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards, working puzzles or crosswords, playing on her tablet, and watching her soaps. Edna had an unwavering relationship with the Lord and attended services regularly as well as studied the Bible at home.

Edna loved spending time with her family. She would often sit on the front porch with her husband and granddaughter watching the hummingbirds and listening to gospel music. The family would gather for lunches on Sunday afternoons and she would cook during the holidays. She will be dearly missed by her loved ones.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Oren Lafayette Rink and Ila May (Burch) Rink, and her siblings, Richard Earl Rink, Adrian Lafayette Rink, and Barbara Jeanette (Rink) Fulbright.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Wade Alford Stafford Sr; and her children, Teresa (and Timothy) Wright of Belmont, and Wade (and Cynthia) Stafford Jr of Lake Wylie, South Carolina. She leaves behind her grandchildren, Lauren Stafford and Heather (and Michael) Huffman; and great-grandson, Tucker Wade Huffman. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Bettie (and Larry) Mims.

A small graveside service officiated by Pastor Walter Griggs will be held at Catawba Memorial Park on Monday, August 30, at 2:00 p.m., for close friends and family, after which, Edna will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, an offering can be made in Edna’s name to McAdenville Baptist Church at PO Box 8, 192 Main Street, McAdenville, NC 28101.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to their friends and extended family, as well as the frontline workers at CaroMont Regional Medical Center and Withers & Whisenant Funeral Services, for their love and care during these difficult times.

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