Surprise? Retirement Party

It was supposed to be a surprise party. Did it succeed? Ask Nancy Edwards who was supposed to be surprised. Better yet read the following submitted by Neal Jarnagin, her co-worker who helped arrange it.

If we thought we knew Nancy Edwards, many of us didn't know her as well as we thought we did. Neal included the following in the invitation to her surprise retirement party. To give you a portrayal of her life the following is submitted with Neal's permission:

To provide some insight into the lives she's affected, we've provided a brief resume as a tribute to all she's touched.
• Daughter of a World War II veteran
• Brother of a Vietnam veteran killed-in-action in Vietnam
• Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
• K-12 Teacher and Substitute Teacher including Special Education
• Self-employed as a Family Farmer
• Director of Religious Education/Youth Ministry
• Volunteer at La Leche League
• Raised four boys
• Spouse of a Vietnam veteran who died of Agent Orange related lung cancer
• Director of Religious Education/Youth Ministry
• Coordinator of Family Resource Centers in Jones County, IA
• NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 2nd Vice-Chairperson
• Bremer County Case Manager
• Bremer County Veterans Affairs Administrator
Certifications Held:
• Lay Ministry Formation
• Healthy Families America Training/Family Support Worker/Supervisor
• Child and Adult Abuse Reporting
• Jones County Leadership Program
• NAMI Family to Family Teacher, State Trainer
• NAMI State Provider Education Team
• NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies Team
• NAMI Support Group Leader
• First Aid, Adult/Infant/Child CPR, AED
• Iowa Association of County Veteran Service Officers
• National Accreditation, National Association of County Veteran Service Officers

In Closing...

The WAVP Veterans Center honors the Veterans of yesterday, today and tomorrow. It recognizes and celebrates the sacrifice of those who served in past conflicts, those who serve today, and those whose service awaits them. These men and women and their families are ever mindful of the reality that freedom is not free. It is in this spirit that we build this very special home "Where Patriots Gather"