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School bus escort takes a driver home

By Shari Harris

Drivers did a double take on Highway 63 on Monday, June 17, when a school bus with flashing caution lights led the way as retired bus driver Ann Edgar’s family and friends escorted her “home” to her final resting place in Roseberry Cemetery southeast of Edgar Springs. The long funeral procession proceeded without the bus from Rolla to M Highway at the flashing light in Edgar Springs, but the Phelps County R-III bus took the lead there to honor Edgar’s years of service.
Edgar drove a bus for the Phelps County R-III School District first, then worked for the Rolla school district, transporting the PCR-III students who attended high school in Rolla. Even after retiring from the Rolla School District, Edgar couldn’t give up the job she loved so much. She drove for PCR-III off and on over the next several years, filling in and helping out when needed.
Her years of service were not forgotten. Many students who rode her bus have stories about riding “Ann’s” bus, and she, in turn, had stories about her students. The students who rode her bus were all her “kids” and she followed their successes in school and life with pride. Susan Kennedy, Judy Harris, and other bus drivers from PCR-III parked buses at intervals along Highway 63 from M Highway (which is the turn-off to the school) to K Highway (which is across from the road to Roseberry Cemetery). This, in addition to Kennedy leading the funeral procession with her bus, was a fitting tribute to a bus driver, mentor and friend to generations of students and coworkers in Edgar Springs.


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