PALMYRA, VA -- Cornelia Miller Eddy was born on April 19, 1924 in Albany, Georgia the eldest child of Jerry and Susie Miller. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, her sisters Carolyn and Sandra Leigh, and her brother Max.

Cornelia is survived by her husband of sixty-eight years, George Lee Eddy. She is also survived by her son David Lee Eddy and his wife Carol who live in Palmyra, Virginia. Also surviving Cornelia are nieces Maggie Granger of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Leigh Powers of Newton, Massachusetts, Susan O'Reilly of Charleston, South Carolina, special cousin Susan Rodriguez of Clarksville, Virginia, and several grand nieces and nephews.

Cornelia met her husband George in 1942 at Turner Field in Albany, Georgia. After a two-year, war-time courtship, they married in March of 1944. Cornelia was a telephone operator for Southern Bell in Albany and later at Turner Field. After the war they moved to Newport News where she was a clerk/typist for her husband's accounting office. Their son, David, was born in 1950. After living in Norfolk and Charlotte, North Carolina, Cornelia and George moved back to Newport News in 1966. In 2006 they moved to Palmyra to live with their son and daughter-in-law.

Cornelia made and kept friends wherever she went. Her activities and interests were all related to staying in touch with family and friends. In her late seventies she took a computer course so that she could keep in touch by email. It is her legacy that she kept everyone updated on matters of interest. If Cornelia had your address, you were forever a part of her life.

She was an accomplished cook whose holiday dishes were legendary. She was a great reader and an avid bridge player, but, most of all, she was always ready to plan a party. Her last great pleasure was to take part in her own sixty-eighth anniversary party only two weeks before she passed away. She was beautifully dressed and even though she was confined to a wheel chair, she still played the part of the perfect party hostess.

Her love of her family and the respect she had for everyone she met are her lasting influences. She will not only be missed, but she will be emulated by many who knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Cunningham United Methodist Church in Palmyra by the Reverends Tom Frost and Emerson Shelton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, after which the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Cunningham U.M.C., 5436 Ruritan Lake Rd., Palmyra, Virginia 22963.

Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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