Edie left us on the Winter Solstice. She was 91 years young.
She left as she lived – on her own terms, with grace, and as beautiful as ever.
Born Edith Rühlicke in Germany and raised in Berlin, early life was not easy. She came of age during a world-wide Depression, the rise of Hitler, and World War II. Fortunately, hers was a close knit and supportive family.
She left them only to seek a better life in America, marrying an Army Captain she met at the end of the war. Two daughters were born of that union.
Edie loved America and would go on to live in New England, the Southwest, and finally in Washington.
She loved her family and friends unconditionally – and was loved well in return.
Edie is survived by her daughters, Anna of Santa Cruz and Karin of Snoqualmie, and her grandchildren Oren (Danielle), Olivia, and Emily. She is also survived by great-granddaughter, Harlin.
She leaves behind many friends scattered across the country, and two very dear friends, Sharon Sullivan of Bellingham, and Neil Leonard of Suffield, Connecticut.
Thank you, Sharon and Neil, for being there to wish her farewell on her final journey. Special thanks, as well, to the staff and volunteers at Whatcom Hospice House for their loving care and kindness.