There is a prayer, Edith sent to Don and I probably over 30 years ago that I keep on my window sill that includes,"...continue to stir dissatisfaction with whatever is wrong. Strengthen us for the storms our resistance may raise and keep us in there! Fire up not only our minds, but our imaginations too. Edith to me was a rock of strength, compassion and a sheer delight to be around.
My Mom was as wise and loving a Mother as anyone could wish for. Many will find it unimagineable that she and my Dad had enough love to have successfully raised 10 children the way they did. Their success came from equal measures of love, encouragement, good example, and high, yet reasonable, expectations. They also knew how important celebrations, humor, hugs, music and shared pride are in nurturing a family. From my Mother, I learned not to sweat the small stuff, as well as the unbounded love for for my siblings and all who came into my life with them.
Like my Dad, I will miss her for the rest of my life, but I will also carry them with me, always trying to be a person they would be proud to claim as their son.
No doubt the world has lost a treasure. No doubt Ernie was thrilled to be reunited with her. Edith and Ernie were like second parents to me (mostly involving discipline because of Geoff). I remember Edith as a kind, patient and tolerant woman full of love of family and life. I can't imagine the loss felt by her family and the empty space her passing will leave. I'll always remember her fondly and her place in my life will always remain a fond and loving memory. God speed Edith.