|Birth: ||Sep. 15, 1924|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 2005|
Edith was born in Prowers County, CO on September 15, 1924 to George and Alice Kerr. She was the youngest of their ten children. She was the granddaughter of early pioneer settlers in this area. She departed this earth October 21, 2005 in Holly, CO at age 81 years, one month, and six days.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, George and Alice Kerr, sisters Christy Springer, Lois Holloway, and Georgie Kerr, and brothers, Noel, James, Albert and Ivan, a great grandson, Robert Delgado-Swaim, and her husband of 40 years, Ray Birchler.
Edith is survived by her sons, Gerald (Kathy) of Greeley, CO and Brian of Brush, CO, daughters Dorothy (David) Schnabel, and Alice (Dale) Schnabel, both of Granada; two sisters, Wanda (Clayton) DeForest, and Edna Dotson, both currently residing in Holly. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter, plus numerous nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends. Other survivors include brothers-in-law, Allen (Margaret) Birchler of La Crosse, WI, Wilbur (Sally) Birchler of Albuquerque, NM, Floyd Birchler of San Jose, CA, Jimmy Birchler of Spokane, WA, and one sister-in-law, Verla Birchler of Pioneer, CA.
Edith was raised east of Lamar, CO. When she was a child, Edith was quite a tomboy, and was, in fact, nicknamed "Tommy." She rode a school bus to get to school. She took her lunch in a clean syrup can, and remembered it was very hard to get the lid off the can every day. No one had much money at that time, but they didn't know they were poor because everyone else was too. Edith had some health problems and couldn't eat at the table with the rest of the family, because she couldn't eat the beans and potatoes that everyone else ate. She liked them, and wanted to eat them too. She loved to ride horseback.
Edith remembered once when she was a child, one of the turkey hens hid her nest, and no one could find it. This was bad, because they needed all the turkeys to feed the family. One morning Edith got up and told her mother, "I know where the turkey nest is." And she led her mother straight to it.
January 3, 1942 she married Ray Birchler. Ray served in the Army during WW II. After the war was over and he came home, they lived for a year east of Lamar, CO at West Farm, then moved to the family farm west of Bristol where they were engaged in farming for 37 years. After Ray's death in 1982 Edith continued management of the farm until she became ill three years ago. Four children were born to Ray and Edith: Alice Rae, Dorothy Sue, Gerald Hugh, and Brian Keith.
After supper was over, Edith would gather her family around the dining room table and read to them. They always had a good book going in the winter. Sometimes she would play her guitar and harmonica and sing.
After Ray passed on, she took on the challenge of being the Curator of the Big Timbers Museum. She strove to improve the museum by cleaning, cataloging and adding to the exhibits. She ran the museum in a very professional manner. Edith retired in 1994. She received a plaque from the Prowers County Commissioners, along with their gratitude; and a picture of her and a plaque were hung in the museum. Edith then served as President of the Prowers County Historical Society in 1995.
She was a faithful member of the Bristol Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder, and a Sunday School teacher.
In 2002 Edith became very ill and spent a month in the hospital in Lamar, then three months in the Holly Nursing Care Center recovering her strength. At that time she was able to return to her home on the farm where she lived until November 2004, when she moved to the Legacy in Lamar.
Edith loved nature and was an avid bird watcher, and she also liked to read. She was a good wife and a very patient and kind mother and grandmother and was extremely proud of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and the great great granddaughter. She will be sadly missed by her family.
Funeral services were held October 25, 2005 at 2:00 PM at Peacock Family Chapel in Lamar, CO. Rory Gillespie of the Bristol United Presbyterian Church officiated. Musical selections were "You1ll Never Walk Alone" and "Amazing Grace". Serving as casket bearers were Lane Malone, Dana Musick, Ancel Malone, Eric Jensen, Ryan Jensen and Craig Shoemaker.
Following the graveside committal service at the Sunnyslope Cemetery in Bristol, the family gathered at the Bristol United Presbyterian Church to share in refreshments prepared and served by the ladies of the church and the Bristol community.Arrangements were under the direction of the Peacock Family.
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Nov 29, 2005
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