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Edythe Rose (Cunningham, Parker) Newstrom
Oct. 23,1927 – May 9, 2013
Edythe peacefully passed away at Grace Point Landing in Cambridge, Minn., after a sudden illness.
Edythe Rose was born in Laurel, to Mabel (Cammack) and William Cunningham. She grew up in the Park City/Red Lodge region of Montana, with her only sibling, younger sister Phyllis. They had no trouble finding playmates, as extended family dotted the region. Some of her favorite recollections included riding horseback, accompanying her father on the Montana countryside. How she loved Montana! At home, she and her mother worked out a favorable trade. Mabel, an accomplished seamstress, would make garments for Edythe Rose who, in turn, would make cakes from scratch when needed.
After graduating from Carbon County High School in 1945, Edy worked at the Carbon County newspaper office. It was there she developed the ability to read print upside down.
Edythe married Fred Parker, a WWII POW, in 1946. Their daughter, Phyllis Ruth, was born in 1947. Fred and Edy divorced a few years later. In 1953 Edy married Edwin Newstrom. Ed and Edy moved to St. Paul, Minn., in 1955, the same year their daughter, Cherie Anne, was born. Son, Craig Jay, was born in 1963. During their years living in St. Paul, Ed and Edy took a neighborhood youngster, Richard Urbanski under their wings. Rick became, and still is, part of the family.
Edy had a long and satisfying career working in the registrar's office at Hamline University. She retired as the Assistant Registrar. Many alumni will recall a sharp dressed, smiling woman behind the counter helping them figure out how to get the credits they needed to graduate.
Education was very important to Edy. She bucked a system that routinely fired women during the last months of pregnancy, thus insuring her own children the chance to pursue higher education. After retiring, she tutored adults learning to read and write English as a second language.
Edy became known for her own skills as a seamstress, making the majority of her stylish clothing. Her sister asked her to make her wedding dress when they lived nearly three states apart. With only a pattern and some measurements, Edy made a beautiful gown that fit Phyllis to a T...without a single fitting! Over the years her family became accustomed to hearing the whirr of the sewing machine late into the night.
Her greatest guilty pleasure, which she passed on to her children, was reading. She not only read voraciously, but recalled minute details for years. She was a deadly opponent at Trivial Pursuit.
After her the death of her husband, Ed, Edy became involved in the Lutheran church, helping with the church publications. She traveled to Montana and Wyoming several times to visit family. Edy developed deep friendships with several woman in the neighborhood and from church, often going on adventures to see new places. This is the woman we will lovingly remember and deeply miss.
Edythe was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ed. She is survived by her sister Phyllis Peterson (Myles), her children, Phyllis (Richard) Sederberg, Cherie (Gary) Noe, Craig (Ellen) Newstrom, and “honorary son”, Richard Urbanski; grandchildren, Edith Kathrine, Dan, step-grandson Rick, Rick E., Wayne, and Christina. She leaves behind great and great-great-grandchildren, as well.
Visitation was Wednesday May 15th, 2013 between the hours of 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Methven Funeral Home, 10235 University Ave. NE, Blaine, MN 55434. The funeral service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 641 89th Ave. NE, Blaine, MN 55434. Viewing was at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m..
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Edythe’s name to: The Susan G. Komen for the Cure, (Edy was a breast cancer survivor). This can be done at www.passionatelypink.org. Another choice is Trees For a Change at www.treesforachange.com., or a charity of your choice.