Edna was a member of the Labour Party for over 70 years and was still a member at the time she passed away. In 2000 she was awarded a Long Service Award by the Labour Party and this was signed by Leader Tony Blair and Margaret McDonagh, the General Secretary at the time.
She commenced work at the Dartford Post Office in 1953 as a telegraphist and immediately joined what was then the Union of Post Office Workers. She first met her husband when he joined the Post Office in September 1953 as a telegram boy.
Edna was elected to the Dartford Borough Council in 1965 and again in 1968. In her period on the Council, Edna was elected as Deputy Chairman of the Housing Committee and in 1966 was the Mayoress of Dartford to the youngest ever Mayor of Dartford. Edna retired from the Council in 1971.
In 1970 the UPW had a very long strike commencing in January and ending in March. Shortly after Edna was elected to be the Branch Chairman of the UPW, Dartford Indoor Branch, a role that she retained until she retired from the Post Office in 1985.
Edna passed away on 31st January 2020, at the age of 99, but in her 100th year. She died peacefully, in her sleep. The arrangements for her funeral are that it is to be held on Monday March 2nd at 11.00am at the Eltham Crematorium followed by a funeral reception at the Dartford Golf Club.