November 17, 1926 – July 6, 2021
Long-time island community resistant Denver Eddings, 94, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Denver was the owner, chef, and manager of Iconic 41 Cafe in Hall’s Corner, Lemoore Island. Denver’s life and love fed the hungry farmers and passers-by of the restaurant for over 60 years. On many days you could see several pickup trucks parked around the small café building where the farmers gathered to drink coffee, have breakfast and shoot …! One could hear ALL happenings in the community and the surrounding area or the world while they shared stories and news, laughed, and occupied themselves with Denver. She never lacked her opinion and she regularly urged customers to get their own coffee because she was busy. Denver opened the cafe at 4:30 a.m. every day except Sundays and closed the doors after feeding Johnny Benito his hamburger steak and chili beans, which could have been noon or 2:00 p.m. Denver served several generations of regulars over the years, feeding them daily, playing dice with, and building strong bonds with. She ran her cafe in her own way and everyone was welcome and treated with respect. Denver had a menu for the restaurant that you probably never saw. She offered breakfast, something special for lunch, and / or a burger and fries. Short, sweet, and to the point, that’s how she was.
Denver will always be remembered for the conversations, laughs, and strength she dedicated to her cafe, friends, and family.
Denver Jo Robertson was born on November 17, 1926 to Garland and Ema Robertson in St. Jo, Arkansas, along with six other siblings. She married Edward W. Eddings Doc shortly after moving to Lemoore. Denver and Doc had a son, Thomas G. Eddings, in 1944. Denver preceded her husband Edward Doc Eddings, her son Thomas Tommy Eddings, in death. She leaves behind her beloved grandson Shawn Eddings and Kirk Carter from Pilot Point Texas, daughter-in-law Laraine W. Waters and Nancy Rodriguez, granddaughters Amber Reed, Christy Reed-Sharp and great-grandson Gabriel Reed.
A grave service will be held in the Lemoore cemetery on Saturday 17th July at 10:00 a.m. The family invites you to celebrate life at Stoney’s Sand and Gravel after the services. Instead of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to Post Acute Care in Hanford on behalf of Denver. Donations can also be raised at Stoney’s Sand and Gravel, which will be forwarded to Post Acute Care in Hanford.
Posted in The Hanford Sentinel on July 10, 2021.