Ronnie Claire Edwards

If you were a child of the 70s, you probably remember the TV show “The Waltons”. An actress named Ronnie Claire Edwards played the role of Corabeth Godsey (the wife of store keeper Ike Godsey) from 1975 through 1981 — appearing in over 100 episodes. She also appeared in the made for TV movies in 1982, 1993, & 1995 based on “The Waltons”. Sadly Edwards died in her sleep on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the age of 83 years old.

After “The Waltons”, Edwards appeared in various films, including “Nobody’s Fool” and “The Dead Pool”. She also could be seen on television in “Designing Women” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

If your family was like mine, we sat down every week to watch “The Waltons”. If I remember correctly it was on Thursday nights on CBS. We sat waiting to hear the latest story from John Boy. What life lesson would we learn this week? I always thought it might have been fun growing up with a family that size in a time so long ago. What a simple time…no computer, no cell phone, sometimes no electricity!

I recently happened to stumble across an episode of “The Waltons” on TV. It happened to be an episode staring John Ritter. After 30 plus years it was strange to realize how that show was a “must see” show for families. The acting wasn’t that great, at least in the episode I saw, but we all watched anyway for the “life lesson” that each episode brought into our living rooms. It’s sad we don’t really have “family” shows like that now — where the whole group can gather around to watch. In today’s world it seems everyone is so busy. It’s rare you ever get a family together as a group for any event. I miss the “good ol’ days”.

RIP Ronnie Claire Edwards.

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  1. Tammy
    June 15, 2016 - 12:27 pm

    Loved loved loved this show and all the characters in it…rest in peace Ms. Edwards and thank you for entertaining us so well….

  2. Cheryl witte
    June 15, 2016 - 12:44 pm

    I watched the Waltons faithfully. It was a much simpler time. But families were so much closer back then. It doesn’t seem there was even what we call a generation gap. Children respected their parents AND adults. And parents respected and cherished their children. No name calling or fighting. And kids were taught good hard work! It’s actually how I’ve raised my children! Lots of love, lots of understanding, lots of respect! And they turned out pretty darn good!?


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