In the evening of December 23rd, 2023, the heavens gained a compassionate and creative angel. Edna Marie Ensz, a lifelong resident of Beatrice, NE, was born on June 14, 1919, and for 104 years, she blessed those around her with her abundant love, support, and creativity. Edna’s life was a testament to her Christian faith, illuminating the verse, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). Her love for her family and her church was evident in all she did.\n\nEdna was a woman of many talents and passions. She obtained her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and dedicated her life to homemaking, nurturing her family with love and care. A woman of boundless creativity, Edna found joy in china painting, cross-stitching, sewing, quilting, and tending her beloved garden. Her supportive spirit extended beyond her own home as she poured her heart into various community services. She coordinated the canteen for the local Blood Mobile, volunteered at the Beatrice Community Hospital Guild gift shop, and the Beatrice Food Pantry. She also put together Braille Books for the Lutheran Church near Harbine, NE. A devoted member of the First Mennonite Church, Edna taught Sunday School and was a member of the Ladies Aid.\n\nEdna is survived by her loving children Kathy (Lyell) Weyers of Lincoln, James (Vicki) Ensz, and Janet (Sp. friend Ron Mencl) Ensz, all of Beatrice, her beloved grandchildren Brian (Brooke) Adam, Lindsey (Drew) Fenzel, and Rodney (Shana) Ensz, and by her cherished great-grandchildren Baylee & Brynlee Adam, Gavin & Decker Fenzel, and Stella & Randall Ensz. She also leaves behind a close family friend, Lloyd "Tony" Smith of Iowa City, Iowa. Edna is preceded in death by her dear husband, Robert Ensz (1993), her parents Gerhardt and Elsie (Esau) Penner, and her brothers Richard and Willard Penner, as well as her son-in-law, Bob Hawley.\n\nPublic Visitation will be held on Wednesday, 27 Dec 2023 at 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel, and the family will be greeting friends at 5:30 PM-7:30 PM. A Public Graveside Service will be held at First Mennonite Cemetery on Thursday, 28 Dec 2023 at 12:15 PM, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at the First Mennonite Church at 1:00 PM. The Celebration of Life Service will also be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person at https://my.gather.app/remember/edna-ensz. A memorial has been established to the First Mennonite Church with John Penner and Larry Thimm in charge. \n\nIn honor of Edna's life, we encourage friends and loved ones to share photos and memories on her memorial page where you may also view her video tribute and service Livestream at www.ghchapel.com. Let us celebrate and remember the love and support that Edna brought to our lives.\n\nThese services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.