PORTSMOUTH, VA — Vilia C. Edom, 96, died on September 9 following a fall that took place on July 19, her daughter, Dr. Vme Edom Smith, announced today.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 15, at 1 p.m. at Snellings Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, 5815 West High Street, Portsmouth, VA. Burial will be at Snapp Cemetery in Forsyth, MO.
Along with her husband, Clifton C. Edom, who at the time was head of the Photojournalism Department at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Vilia Edom co-founded the internationally known Missouri Photo Workshop as well as the Pictures of the Year contest. She was also his assistant and co-author on several of his books on photojournalism, Smith said.
Vilia Edom was assistant manager of the Missouri Press Association in Columbia, MO, for more than 30 years. She received the University of Missouri School of Journalism Gold Medal Award, and the Photographic Society of America's International Understanding Through Photography Award. She was an honorary life member of the National Press Photographers Association as well as the Missouri Press Women. She was inducted into the Missouri Press Association's Hall of Fame, and was the honorary director of the Clifton C. Edom "Truth With A Camera" workshop held annually in Norfolk, VA.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Vme Edom Smith of Chesapeake, VA; granddaughter Teri Smith Freas, of Panorama City, CA; grandson Tony Smith of Oakland, CA; two great-granddaughters, Tessa Freas and Sarah Freas, of Panorama City, CA; and a brother, Carol Patefield, of Briggsville, WI.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Edom Foundation for Photojournalism Education, c/o Stephen Colvin, Suite 200 - I, 125 South Wilke Road, Arlington Heights, IL, 60005.
Vme Smith can be reached at [email protected].