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Edith "Edie" L. Jorns

Edith Edith (Edie) L. Jorns (nee Schmid) died on August 28, 2018 at the age of 85. She was born on January 5, 1933 in Topeka, KS to Walter T. and Anna (Schumann) Schmid.

She was preceded in death by her brother Walter Schmid (Nancy), Cheyenne, WY.

Edie is survived by her husband of 63 years William J. (Jim) Jorns; sister, Kathryn Carlson (Gordon), Rolla, MO; children Mark W. Jorns (Sally-deceased), St. Petersburg, FL, Ann J. Melvin (Robin), Seattle, WA, and James W. Jorns (Heather), Lake Quivira, KS; grandchildren Renaann Apple (Andrew), Kathryn Spooner (Shan), Matthew Jorns (Christen), Christopher Jorns, Rebecca Melvin, Andrew Melvin, Drake Jorns(Tami), Dalton Jorns, Alec Jorns; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Edie graduated from Topeka Lutheran School and Topeka High School. She received her BSc from Kansas State University, Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and PhD in Adult Education from Kansas State University.

She briefly taught elementary school and music. After receiving her MSW, Edie had the privilege of starting the Manhattan Public Schools’ Social Work Program in 1973 and worked as a school social worker until her retirement in 1996. She was instrumental in helping to establish the Kansas Association of School Social Workers and was its first President. She was recognized as the Association’s School Social Worker of the Year in 1986-87.

Edie helped start the Big Brother – Big Sister program in Manhattan and was a member of the Board of Directors for many years. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army and was a member of the Manhattan Planning Board for eight years. Following her retirement she enjoyed volunteering as a docent at Sunset Zoo.
An active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan, Edie served on many boards and committees, as an organist and Sunday School teacher and in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

Edie’s passion was always for children. In 1964 she and Jim, along with their three children, went to Zacapa, Guatemala where Jim was commissioned as an Agricultural Missionary with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Seeing the need for education in the rural villages, Edie and Jim along with the support of the local Lutheran congregation established a boarding home in Zacapa so village children could attend the church’s elementary school. After returning to the U.S. in 1968 they helped to establish the Children’s Christian Concern Society (now LeadaChild). Edie was the Project Director for the CCCS until November of 2010. Under her leadership the CCCS grew from supporting the original boarding home to supporting over 200 individual projects in 22 countries, providing a Christian education to over 20,000 children annually.

The family will greet friends from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday September 7, 2018 at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 330 Sunset Avenue in Manhattan.

Funeral Services will be held at 5:00p.m. on Friday September 7, 2018 at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Michael J. Schmidt officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 12noon on Saturday September 8, 2018 at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Preston, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to or the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Building Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave. Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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