This week, on Wednesday June 14, 2016, we sadly lost another member of 'The Waltons' family... the lovely, effervescent Ronnie Claire Edwards, who will always be remembered in our hearts as the eccentric, unconventional, unique character Corabeth Walton Godsey on the family television drama series 'The Waltons'.
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Ronnie Claire Edwards was Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on February 9, 1933. According to tcm.com, "She studied drama at the University of Oklahoma before going on to Broadway. After her screen debut in the 1963 film "All the Way Home," she returned to the stage until '74. That year, Edwards joined the cast of the award-winning family drama series "The Waltons".
Throughout Ronnie's acting career she appeared in various television series, including "Dynasty," "Falcon Crest," "Dallas," "The Torkelsons," "Murder, She Wrote," "Designing Women," and more! She is, however, most remembered from her role on 'The Waltons', from 1975 to June 1981, in which she appeared in over 100 episodes! Created by Earl Hamner, Jr., the show also returned for 6 reunion movies, the last one 'A Walton Easter', airing in 1998.
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During the course of 'The Waltons' television show, cousin Corabeth Walton, blossomed from a shy sheltered single young woman, to a stylish, classy, vivacious, confident married woman to Ike Godsey, who owned the general store on Walton's mountain.
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After Ike and Corabeth married on the show, they became co-proprietors and staples behind the counter of the general store, waiting on members of the Walton family and surrounding neighbors.
Ike and Corabeth also adopted a daughter, Aimee, in the series who befriended Elizabeth, the youngest of 'The Waltons' children.
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The character of Corabeth Walton Godsey was full of personality, a regular noisy busybody and meddler, who always had an opinion on everything! She was one of those characters you loved to watch because she typically added a lighthearted, comical performance to the series and Ronnie portrayed her perfectly! Sure, Corabeth could be a bit overbearing and particular, at times, but in truth it was evident she adored Ike, Aimee, their little country store, and the Walton family. Ronnie Claire Edwards played the role of Corabeth Walton Godsey, not only with profound flamboyance, but with grace, humility, and love.
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And, now with love, we say "Goodnight" to another member of 'The Waltons'. Our hearts and prayers go out to Ronnie Claire Edward's dear family, friends, and Waltons cast members.
We will always cherish the character of Corabeth Godsey Walton, and we are grateful for the joy Ronnie has brought and will continue to bring into our homes each time we watch an episode of 'The Waltons' with her in it.