In Memory of

Christy Edwards

Full Name: Christy A. Edwards
Date of Birth: May 12, 1955
Date of Death: July 28, 2019
August 2, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Cuba
Service Information:
August 2, 2019 - 12:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Cuba

Cuba- Christy Anne Edwards, 64, of Cuba, passed away at 1:32 AM Sunday, July 28, 2019 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born May 12, 1955 in Canton, the daughter of Billy and Shirley (Baughman) Swango. She married Jerry Edwards on October 18, 2014. He survives along with her parents, Bill and Shirley Swango of Smithfield, her children, Michelle (John) Berryman of Morton, and Dave (Amy) Edwards of Chatham, one grandson, Isaac Edwards, one brother, Roger (Rosalie) Swango of Smithfield, one nephew, Bret Swango, two nieces, Nichole Swango and Billie Drazenovic, two grandnieces, Kyla Roome, and Andi Drazenovic, and one grandnephew, Mikko Drazenovic. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, and an aunt and uncle, Carole and Buz Phillips.

Christy's hobbies included bird watching, spending time with and cooking for her family, and she was an avid Cubs fan. She was known for her big hugs, radiant smile, sparkly eyes, and most of all - her compassionate soul. Christy was a strong Christian whose life mission was helping others. Christy especially loved helping children, both professionally as a speech pathologist for the West Central Illinois Special Education Coop and through various leadership roles at Brock United Methodist Church in Smithfield, where she was an active member. Her impact was felt locally through her work as co-director of vacation bible school in Smithfield and abroad as she made several mission trips to Guatemala over the past few years. Additionally, she led the Operation Christmas Child program for the Brock United Methodist Church which collected various personal care items to ship to third world countries and volunteered regularly at the Red Brick School. Christy was a faithful servant to her Lord; this world is a worse place without her but a better place because of her. She will be dearly missed.

Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba, where visitation will be held 3 hours prior to services. Burial will be at Baughman Cemetery in rural Smithfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Brock United Methodist Church or Operation Christmas Child. To view Christy’s life tribute video or to send condolences visit

To view video tribute click here.
From: Robbin & Jodie KostJul 29 2019 7:44PM
We are so sorry for your loss. Holding you all deep in our prayers. - Jodie & Robbin Kost
From: Roger, Maribel and Daniela LybeckJul 29 2019 10:10PM
It is hard to express with words how sorry we are for what you are going through with the passing of Christy. We want you to know how much Christy's loving heart and personality were appreciated.  She will be always remember not only in the US but in Guatemala (where we are residing for now). Christy left a legacy of joy, love and service to our people from Guatemala and to us as a family. Our love and prayers to the family, specially to Jerry her husband.  
From: The ShawsJul 29 2019 10:22PM
To all of Christy's family:  We are so heartbroken over the loss of this beautiful lady.  She made a huge impact on our lives and she will always live in our memories.  She had a heart of gold and I have no doubt that she was welcomed by Heaven's parade.  Please know that we love you all and we're with you in spirit as you face this difficult time.  Allan and Dena
From: john d bumgarnerJul 30 2019 8:12AM
our heart felt condolences  to Christy's family.   karin & john bumgarner                                    
From: Catherine HackmanJul 30 2019 8:32AM
I teach with Jerry--I call him Dr. Edwards. I am heartbroken for him and for all of the family.
From: Melinda OffJul 30 2019 1:31PM
So sorry for your loss. Christy had so much love in her heart. I will miss her smiling face and saying good morning to her at school. Thoughts and prayers for her family and friends.
From: Ellen EhrgottJul 31 2019 10:39AM
My sincere condolences for the loss of such a special person. Christy had a wonderful spirit and was always thinking of others.  As a fellow SLP, we shared many of the same ideals and problem solving attitude.  She always created a positive, can-do environment with her clients.  We are all better for having known her.
From: Kim SedgwickJul 31 2019 10:41AM
It is with great sadness in my heart to hear of Christy's departure from this earthly world. She was always a shining beam of smiles and sweetness.  It is true that this world will be a dimmer place without her, but the Heavens are celebrating her return and is now even brighter with her in it.  I am sure she is diligently working and carrying out her new tasks in paradise - that is - after she receives the grand tour of her new world that we cannot even fathom.  God speed, beautiful Christy....until we see you again.  My condolences to Shirley, Bill, her husband Jerry and the multitude of her  family and friends.  
From: William StewartJul 31 2019 3:53PM
To Bill, Shirley, Roger and all the rest of Christy's family,
   I am tremendously saddened to hear of your loss and wanted to offer my heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time.
   Bill Stewart
   (Former Smithfield Resident)
From: Jeanette (Davis) ClarkJul 31 2019 6:06PM
Your loss will be felt in so many ways by so many--your laugh, smile and those hugs, but most of all that huge, generous, and loving heart.  I'm grateful we had a chance to spend time talking and reminiscing during our class reunion.  the world would be a much better place if everyone had the sunny outlook Christy carried with her throughout her life.
From: Sharon DawkinsAug 1 2019 12:34AM
My deepest sympathy and condolences to Christy's wonderful family, especially Jerry, Michelle, Bill, Shirley, Roger, Rosalee and extended family.
She was my dearest friend, of 45 years and had this indomitable, upbeat, always loving spirit. I will miss her more than I can say. Christy and I had the most wonderful visit in June, in Atlanta, and I will be forever grateful for the many hours we spent together. She talked of her wonderful husband, Jerry and her love for him. Of her love for her daughter, Michelle, and how she was so glad to know she was enjoying her work as a floral designer. She talked of her parents, and of her concern for them. She talked of the children at her school. She told me she was "getting tired", but wanted to stick it out for two more years for her retirement. She spoke of her church, and her Sunday School. We discussed good times and hard times, and through it all, our mutual love of God! We spent one afternoon by a lake and she spotted some turtles. She was a true naturalist, and noticed the magnolia and mimosa trees in the Atlanta area.Her interests and love of life were wide and varied. Such a delight to be in her presence.!I have been blessed and look forward to having a "mansion on the same street" as her! It is only as I look to God, and know that she will rise again, as she was a believer in Jesus Christ, that I am comforted. May the Peace of God rest upon all her mourn her. She was my Christie Roomie! Your friend...always and forever, Sharon (Micklus) Dawkins (And I am working hard to get a flight to Cuba!! Hope to see you, and her one more time.)
From: Mary Long BurroughsAug 1 2019 1:56AM
So sorry for your loss.  I have been away from the area for some time, however will always remember Christy and her family as we all grew together.  May God hold and keep all of you at this time.

From: john d bumgarnerAug 2 2019 8:21AM
Our heart felt condolences to Christy's  family.    karin & john bumgarner                                        
From: Darin Lasswell Aug 2 2019 1:33PM
Thoughts and prayers for your family in this time of loss.
From: cindy lou petersonSep 9 2019 2:33AM
my deepest sympathies

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