Edna Mae Allen was born in West Brookfield on August 18, 1887. Her parents were George E. and Nellie Jane (Spear) Allen. Edna attended West Brookfield schools, and in 1910, was a member of the first graduation class of the Worcester Art Museum [sic] according to her obituary.
In 1917, Edna married Arthur Nelson, a Methodist minister who was almost thirty years her senior. Arthur died in Orange, MA in January1920 after becoming ill from Ptomaine poisoning. Edna returned to West Brookfield where she was active in the Methodist church. She also worked as a dressmaker.
Edna and her sister Nettie (Allen) Woodward were very often seen together in town. They, along with Nettie's step-daughter Winifred Woodward, were easily recognized wearing their fur coats when the season for such attire had passed for most.
Edna died in Northampton on August 7, 1979 at the age of 92.