Ed was an average student and had no desires to go to college. He wanted to start his own business as a carpenter. Ed enjoyed his high school years and during his senior year he met the girl of his dreams. Julie Wilson was a transfer student from Huntsville, Alabama.
Ed knew it was love at first sight and asked her out for a date even though he knew his mother Magnolia, wouldn't approve. Magnolia didn't think any of the girls Ed had dated were good enough for him, and she told him so. Ed and Julie dated steady for two years even though his mother said she was no good for him.
Julie knew Magnolia didn't like her no matter what she did. She tried her best to win her over, but Magnolia only saw her as the person that was trying to steal her son. After two years, Julie and Ed were married in a small ceremony.
Ed found a small house that was perfect for him and Julie. He was working steady and was happy to be out of his mother's house.
In 1998, Ed's father Boyd died of a sudden heart attack. He and Ed were at Ed's house installing carpet when Boyd fell to floor. An ambulance rushed him to the hospital but it was too late. Both Ed and Magnolia were devastated. Ed knew he had no choice but to move back into his parent's house so he could take care of his mother. Magnolia was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and he knew she needed his help.
As time went by, Magnolia got more dependent on Ed for help. She was in pain and could barely walk. Ed and Julie both worked so Ed hired several caretakers to stay with Magnolia while they were at work but she didn't like any of them and let them know it. They quit faster than Ed could find someone to take their place.
Finally, as work slowed, Ed realized he couldn't afford to hire another caretaker and made the decision to put his mother in Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home.
Although Ed visits Magnolia often, Magnolia constantly reminds him that Ed threw her out of her own house and that he doesn't love her or he wouldn't leave her at this place.