Obituary of Edna Marie Maggio
Edna was born in Benton City, WA to Fred and Genevieve Batrum. She was proud to have grown up on a farm with her 5 sisters and her baby brother. Two of her favorite memories were getting up early to milk the cows before school, and how her mother made the best biscuits in the world. But since she never ate her oatmeal (she hated oatmeal her whole life!), she only got a biscuit if her father left for work early and her mother snuck her one. Her job as a telephone operator took her and her sister Kathryn to San Francisco.
She met her future husband Matt while attending a dance in Fresno at the Rainbow Ballroom. Edna and Matt had two children, Lisa and Tony, whom they raised in Fresno on an acre of land, which included horses, and later a swimming pool. Many parties were hosted around that pool!
Edna worked at the family grocery store alongside Matt, Lisa, and Tony. She loved helping others, especially when they had no one else. She had customers calling her at the store when they had a baby, or when they just needed someone to talk to. Edna and Matt moved to Santa Cruz, and then to Scotts Valley, before moving back to Fresno. Edna and Matt sold their home in Fresno and worked for Motel 6 in San Simeon and later all over California. They eventually made their way back to the Fresno area and settled in Clovis.
Edna was an avid Giants fan; from the days of Willie Mays, to the present Buster Posey. She was also a Warriors fan and knew all the players names. You could hear her cheers from down the hall! Another passion was books. She would read a couple at a time, and especially enjoyed anything by John Grisham.
In 2015 Edna moved to Sunshine Villa. She always swore she would live by the beach, and dagnabbit she did! Though often in pain, she would rally and go to lunch or for a drive on West Cliff. She never tired of looking at the stately houses, and no matter where she went she had her eye out for sharp cars; she loved cars! Watching the volley ball players from a bench near the Boardwalk was another thing she really enjoyed.
Her family would like to thank her caregivers and the staff at Sunshine Villa, especially: Daniella, Rosa, Robin, Yolanda, Lupe, and Claudia. You gave her excellent care, but mostly you gave her love and respect. Isn’t that what we all want?
She always had a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eye. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. We will miss her always.
Edna is survived by her daughter Lisa DiGirolamo (Phil) and their daughters Katie and Emmy, her son Tony Maggio (Debbie) and their children Matthew and Amanda. She is also survived by her brother Jerry Batrum, and her sisters: Jean Fields, Kathryn Lozovoy (George), Donna Jorgensen, and Janice Batrum Krug. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband Matt Maggio in 2010 and her sister Freda Langlo in 1999.
Services will be held at Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz on her birthday: Friday February 8th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.