Ronnie Claire Edwards, who played grocer Ike Godsey’s prickly wife, Corabeth, on “The Waltons,” one of the most popular TV shows of the 1970s, died June 14 at her home in Dallas. She was 83.
The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said her longtime friend and business partner, Marty Van Kleeck.
“The Waltons,” which aired from 1972 to 1981, was a CBS series created and narrated by writer Earl Hamner Jr. and set in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930s and ’40s.
Ms. Edwards joined “The Waltons” in 1974 as high-strung Corabeth Walton, cousin to John Walton Sr. (played by Ralph Waite). She married Ike (Joe Conley) and proved a formidable and snooty force.
Ms. Edwards was born in Oklahoma City on Feb. 9, 1933, and, had guest roles in shows including “Dallas,” “Falcon Crest” and “Designing Women.” She appeared in films including “The Dead Pool” (1988), starring Clint Eastwood, and regularly on stage.
She also wrote plays, such as “Wedding Belles” and “The Mystery of Miz Arnette” (both with Alan Bailey), and books including a 2000 memoir, “The Knife Thrower’s Assistant: Memoirs of a Human Target.”
Survivors include a brother and sister.
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