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Charlotte Babb Edmonds

September 2, 1931 ~ February 14, 2017 (age 85)

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Charlotte Babb Edmonds, 85, of Onancock, VA died peacefully at the Hermitage on the Eastern Shore on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.  After twenty-three years, she was reunited with her loving husband, Tom, on Valentine's Day.

Born September 2, 1931 in Ivor, VA, she was the youngest of three girls born to Livingston Harris Babb (D) and Thelma Parker Babb (D).  Her sister Carolyn Babb Heflin (D) lived in Lake Wylie, SC, and she is survived by her sister Jean Babb Blackwell of Bradenton, FL.

Charlotte graduated from Ivor High School in 1949, and went on to attend Westhampton College at the University of Richmond, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1952.  It was here that she met her husband, Dr. John Thomas Edmonds, Sr. (Tom) of Accomac, VA, (D. 1994) whom she married on June 18, 1955.   After graduating she worked at the Children’s Home Society in Richmond, a statewide adoption agency.  They lived in Durham, NC and Newport, RI before moving to Onancock in 1959.

Survivors include her four children, Anne Edmonds Ramsay and husband George Ramsay of Raleigh, NC, Dr. John Thomas Edmonds Jr. (Tom) and wife Dr. Bebe Edmonds of Virginia Beach, VA, Elizabeth Lee Edmonds (Betsy) of Peachtree City, GA, and Susan Edmonds Olmsted of Onancock, VA.

As a wife and mother, Charlotte was a matriarch in all the best ways.  She was a devoted and loving mother and partner to her husband Tom, keeping their family and home well cared for, allowing him to focus on his busy practice.

One of Charlotte's most fulfilling roles was that of grandmother to her eight grandchildren, Susan E. Ramsay, George E. Ramsay, Ryan N. Olmsted, Kelsey A. Edmonds, Nicole L. Edmonds, Charlotte E. Olmsted, Haley S. Edmonds, and Carolyn E. Olmsted.   She was never happier than when she was holding one of her grandchildren in her arms.

Friends would describe Charlotte as a strong, yet compassionate woman who always took time to help her friends and neighbors.  She loved this community dearly and was an active member of Market Street United Methodist Church in Onancock.  In her earlier years (70's), she put on a tool belt and helped build houses for the Eastern Shore Habitat for Humanity and served on their Board of Directors.  Charlotte also served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club, for many years, as well as serving as secretary. 

Charlotte will be fondly remembered, loved, and missed by her many friends and family. 

Funeral services will be held at Market Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., with The Reverend J. Barton Weakley and The Reverend Dr. Kirk Mariner.  Interment will follow in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery.  The family will greet friends at the church one hour prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1299, Exmore, VA 23350 or online at

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Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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