|Edith Thacher - Wedding Day|
Edith "Edie" Thacher Dane, 89, died Sunday, June 23, 2002 at the home of her daughter in San Jose, Calif. She was born May 4, 1913 in Ojai on the campus of The Thacher Preparatory Boys School, where her father, William Larned Thacher, was associate head master and her uncle, Sherman Day Thacher, was head master.
She attended Vassar College in New York, and married and settled in Sierra Madre, Calif., where her mother, Hilda Blumer Thacher, was born. Her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John George Blumer, were of the original group of residents of Sierra Madre when they arrived in 1886.
Mrs. Dane lived in Sierra Madre for more than 60 years and was an active and dedicated volunteer in her community throughout her adult life. She received numerous honors and awards for her service in the areas of early childhood development, the "War on Poverty," and a variety of human rights and social justice initiatives. She was active in the Democratic Party and, in her later years, was active in efforts to preserve the hillside of her hometown. As a social activist, she was committed to the health and well-being of all members of society and to her local communities of Sierra Madre, and surrounding Pasadena-area cities.
She is survived by her children, Bill Dane of Albany, Calif., Frank Dane of Forestville, Calif., and Nancy Dane Peña of San Jose, Calif.; daughter-in-law Nancy Dulberg; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several cousins and in-laws.
Memorial services will be held Aug. 16, 2002 in Sierra Madre.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News