Memorial services for Edna Ethridge Tolbert will be held Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Home. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Tolbert, 86, of Meridian, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Meridian.

She was born on Jan. 30, 1926, and raised in Lauderdale County. She married James Claude Tolbert in 1941 and moved to Villa Park, Ill. for a short period. After moving back from Illinois, her family lived in Meridian, Collinsville and settled in House where her family built a home in 1962. Mrs. Tolbert attended both Herbert Baptist Church and Antioch Baptist Church in House. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, preserving foods, planting flowers (hoping dad wouldn't cut them down), quilting, sewing, crocheting, fishing and taking care of her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa (Allen) Carlisle of Lauderdale; son, John (Deborah) Tolbert of Rantoul, Ill.; grandsons, Wesley Carlisle of Lauderdale and Chad (Jennifer) Tolbert of Rantoul, Ill.; great-granddaughter, Callie Tolbert of Rantoul, Ill.; sister, Linda (Robert "Bobby") Cave of Brunswick, Ga.; and brothers, Wallace David Ethridge of Villa Park,Ill. and Richard Calvin (Virginia) Ethridge of Decatur.

Mrs. Tolbert was preceded in death by her husband, James Claude Tolbert; granddaughter, Crystal Carlisle; parents, David "Dave" and Nettie Vera Ethridge; sister, Mona Fae Ethridge Grice; and brother, Marion "Buck" Ethridge.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson 39206.