Edith Mae Prutsman passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2009 on her 105th birthday. Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Eastland City Cemetery held under the direction of the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home in Eastland.
Edith Mae Callahan was born on December 8, 1904 in Salem, Ohio to Floyd L. and Mary (Walker) Callahan. Her father was a metal smith who worked for Henry Ford in Canton, Ohio. He cut the first headlights for the first model T Ford. Edith moved with her family to Iowa when she was seven and the family settled in East Texas near Lufkin in 1913. She worked with dairy cattle on the families’ 700 acre farm and also helped her father at the families’ syrup mill. Edith moved to Hobbs, New Mexico for the first time in 1929. She had a poultry house, where she dressed and delivered chickens to all the Hobbs stores. Edith and her husband Charles built a hunting and fishing lodge in Colorado, where they had a restaurant and rented horses to ride. She also was a guide for elk and deer hunting groups. Edith started her bee business in 1973 in Quemado, Texas. She decided that since she enjoyed beekeeping as a hobby, she might as well make some money at it at the same time. She learned how to be a beekeeper from her father in 1912. Edith retired from the bee business in 1995 at the age of 91. She enjoyed the outdoors, reading, traveling and making quilts.
She is survived by her daughter Jeanette Evans and her husband John of Eastland; her son Cliff Mann and his wife Lara of Bullhead City, Arizona; and numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.