Edna moved to Coronation Street in 1920 and originally lived at the Rovers Return Inn, where she was a barmaid. Alfred Tatlock was a regular customer and a heavy drinker, and he and Edna soon got close before they married in 1921. The pair then moved into 1 Coronation Street, alongside Alfred's brother Albert and his new bride, Bessie Vickery. The four lived together in slightly cramped conditions.
In 1923, Alfred and Edna became parents to a daughter, who they named Joyce. However, shortly after birth, Joyce contracted scarlet fever and died. Edna also contracted the disease and died a few months later.