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Suzanne Edmonson

Suzanne Edmondson 2009 Inductee

Suzanne Edmondson was born in Moline, Illinois, in 1945 and grew up in Northern Illinois. She attended Marycrest College and the University of San Diego College for Women. She met her husband in San Diego and after living in Washington, D.C. for a time, the couple moved back to his home state of Oklahoma.

In 1996 she began volunteering as a tutor in literacy at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, Oklahoma. She has created programs such as Tales for the Rising Moon in which women inmates are recorded reading books to their children. A photo is taken and this package is sent to the children. This program has been featured in People magazine and is now underway at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, as well. She founded the Friends of Eddie Warrior (FEW) Foundation, which its sole purpose is to provide a college education for women incarcerated at Eddie Warrior. The funds cover tuition and books and allow inmates to earn their associate of arts degrees through Connors State College. The writing program she helped start gives female inmates the opportunity to become writers, offering classes, prompts and then creating a compilation of writings in a bound booklet.

Edmondson received the Medal of Honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution and was named Volunteer of the Year by Oklahoma Department of Corrections for her service to female inmates. She was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

Suzanne and her husband Jim have two children and one grandson.

(Bio current as of 2011)