Edna May Stamper

  • Born: January 15, 1923
  • Died: January 13, 2021
  • Location: Greenwood, Indiana

Wilson St Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory - Greenwood Chapel

481 W Main St
Greenwood, IN 46142

Tel. (317) 881-2514

Tribute & Message From The Family


Edna May Stamper was born January 15, 1923 to William and Beatrice Hicks in Indianapolis and graduated from Manual High School. She met and married William H Stamper in 1943 and remained wildly in love for the next 64 years, until Bill's passing in 2006. Edna retired from Eli Lilly in 1980, and shortly thereafter moved to Lake Placid, Florida to enjoy retirement. She and Bill moved back to Indiana in 1999 to be closer to family, residing in Greenwood.

Edna was a life-long member of Southport Presbyterian Church and a member of the Oakland Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved many sports, especially IU basketball and IU football. She enjoyed knitting and was always sure that every family member and special friend had plenty of dishcloths. She was an enthusiastic golfer and played until she was 90...shooting a total of 4 holes in one!! Edna was an avid bridge player and left her love of family at the door when a competition was at hand. She passed her love of cards and general enthusiasm for life to her children and the generations that followed.

Edna's greatest legacy was not just what she did, but who she was. She loved the Lord with all her heart. She had the powerful gift of joy and the most positive outlook on life. Her ability to see the good in all people and situations was incomparable. Edna was truly the beacon of the family and everyone around her was drawn to her light. Her gifts uplifted and encouraged everyone fortunate to know her. The world has become a little less bright without her and she will forever be missed.

Edna is survived by two children, William M Stamper (Margee) and Susan Ellerbrook; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Wright (Matt), William R Stamper (Amy), Jeff Ellerbrook, Jayma and Ryan Stamper and Bryce Stamper (Staci). She enjoyed her 11 great grandchildren and her sister-in-law, Doodle (Mary Mae) Zinkan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and siblings Erma Geddes, Viola Woodruff, Bill Hicks and George Hicks.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory-Greenwood Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bill, so very sorry to read of your mothers passing. Renee and I send our condolences to you and Margee and the entire Stamper family. Hope you are warmed by many special memories.

Posted by Mark Loyd - Franklin, IN - Friend   January 21, 2021

Her obituary is beautifully written for a beautiful woman who was incredibly kind and generous. She always made me feel so special by remembering our last conversations and things about my children - even when much time had passed since we last saw each other. Many prayers and thoughts go out to the entire Stamper/Ellerbrook family during this hard time.

Posted by Kim Stoner - Friend   January 18, 2021

Edna was a true gift to all who were fortunate enough to make her acquaintance. Her enthusiasm for life was inspiring. She spent a number of winters at Gulf Haven in Sarasota which is where I met her. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Lisa Petersen - Friend   January 17, 2021

Today when I learned of Edna's passing, I had a vision of my parents, the Cassady's, the Adams and the Stampers sitting around a table playing cards up in Heaven having a wee of a time! What great friends they were and I have a lot of fun childhood memories of time spent with these families. Edna is my Godmother and I often thought of her as my second mom as she and my mom, Phyllis, were the best of friends and spent a lot of time together. I'm so happy I was able to talk with Edna recently and tell her I loved her! In our conversations she always told me what was going on in her big loving family. I'm so sorry for your loss and I know how much she will be missed. She certainly left a legacy of love!

Posted by Jay Lynn Starks - Indianapolis, IN - Family Friend   January 17, 2021

Herb and I want to offer our condolences to Susan and the entire Stamper family. We met Edna during our winters in Siesta Key when we all stayed at Gulf Haven. She instantly became one of our favorite people, but we were not alone in that feeling. She was truly genuine, loving, and calming in her manner. Some say that a person who has passed on will be missed, but in this case it is certainly true. She was a very special lady and one whom we will always remember with fondness.

Posted by Roberta and Herb Schneiderman - Friend   January 17, 2021

Susie-so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Keep those happy memories alive and close to your heart.

Posted by Linda Beasley - Greenwood, IN - Family Friend   January 17, 2021

Thoughts and prayers on Mrs. Stamper's passing. Bill and Edna were my Mom and Dad's cherished friends. I am especially thankful your Folks introduced Northland Lodge to my family. So many great memories. Hoping they all meet up and enjoy great friendships again.
Steve Clark
Lake Lure, North Carolina

Posted by Steve Clark - Lake Lure, NC - Family Friend   January 17, 2021

So sorry to hear about Edna's passing. Sending family our deepest condolences. We lost Garry's mom December 23rd. May they have a wonderful reunion.

Posted by Garry and Becky Adams - Greenwood, IN - Friend   January 16, 2021

Sad to learn of Edna passing. Such a sweet soul. One of my favorite people when we were family. My condolences to Susie and Bill. Lots of family, she will be missed I am sure.

Posted by Debbie Stamper-Becker - Winter Park, FL - Family Friend   January 16, 2021

I always enjoyed talking with Mrs. Stamper. Always smiling and positive. I could joke with her and kid her, and she'd give it right back. The world needs more people like her. She will be missed!

Posted by Jim Morgan - Indianapolis, IN - Family Friend   January 16, 2021

Aunt Edna was the most kind, warm, and sweetest person I have ever met. She always had a smile whenever she saw you. This world was a better place because of Edna. Among her many acts of kindness, she was very instrumental in lending a helping hand to my Mom when times were tough, especially right after WW II.
Edna and Bill were always welcoming to Cathy and I, and we relished those times when we drove over to Lake Placid to visit them. Aunt Edna would always make fresh orange juice from the orange trees that they had planted on their property, and always insisted that we stay for one of her delicious dinners!
While it is emotionally difficult to lose Aunt Edna, I have a smile in my heart knowing that she is once again reunited with the love of her life life, Uncle Bill.

Posted by Steve Zinkan - Family   January 16, 2021


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