She loved her family, she loved reading mysteries, she loved wearing Chanel No. 5, and she loved everything red, perhaps especially red wine.
There's a great story about Miss Edna that my husband told at her memorial service that really epitomizes her philosophy of living life to the fullest — and I'd like him to share it with you.
NOEL MACNEAL: On her sixty-fifth birthday, I took my mother to Disney World and invited a couple of friends down. We had her celebration at Epcot. There's a hotel complex nearby where you can rent a pontoon boat and they'll take you out on Epcot's lake to watch the fireworks display.
I called and explained it was my mom's birthday, and for no extra charge, they provided a birthday cake. We were out on the lake, watching the fireworks and singing "Happy Birthday" to my mom. People on the bridge applauded and said "Happy birthday!" and we waved back.
And as we're heading back, the boat's engine stalls. It just died and we started drifting toward the weeds.
Now, anyone else might have started screaming about how her birthday was ruined and we're not going to pay a time, etc.
But my mom loved it.
She was laughing the whole time. "Now, this is a birthday, I'm going to remember!" she said.
The boat driver ended up ripping up part of the table my mother's cake was on and using it as a paddle to get us across the lake and back to the hotel dock.
My mom was just sitting there, eating cake, saying, "Yes, this will make a great story someday."
SUSAN ELIA MACNEAL: Reds and lovely readers, are there any people in your life who taught you about living life to the fullest? Who were they and how did they share that with you? Please tell us in the comments.