AEDY, Edna C. 2008-12-04 Oct 7, 1916 to Nov. 26, 2008 Known fondly as Auntie to younger friends and relatives, and just as fondly, "M’sadie" to her pupils, Edna loved little children and nurtured a host of them in her many years of teaching in Thunder Bay and area. She has lived in British Columbia since her retirement, and died in Saanich Peninsula Hospital three weeks after a fall in her home. Her final resting place will be the scenic churchyard of historic Holy Trinity Church overlooking Patricia Bay. A memorial service will be held at Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church, 2:00 PM, December 11. Edna was born in Westcott, Surrey, England and came to Fort William in 1921 with her parents, George and Florence Aedy, and sister, Freda. She attended Francis Street School and Fort William Collegiate, and after training in North Bay, assumed her first teaching post in 1939 at a one-room school in Kashabowie. Then, from the early 1940s to late 1970s she focused on her passion, nourishing the fresh young minds of her beloved kindergarten five-year-olds. Edna was a gifted artist. She studied under some of the best, especially treasuring a time at the Banff School of Fine Arts with A.Y. Jackson. Her paintings have adorned galleries and private homes from Glasgow to Victoria. In the last few years she became a haiku enthusiast and was especially proud of a website where some of her art and poetry are displayed (ednaaedy.com). Edna had an especially keen appreciation of the natural world. She loved searching for wild flowers in spring and would cultivate them wherever she lived, often raising the eyebrows of neighbours with conventional landscaping tastes. She had a strong interest in the geological history of Thunder Bay District, would read and attend lectures on the subject, and relate her findings to anyone who listened. Edna spent many summers at her Birch Beach property where guests were kept smiling by the unique character of both hostess and cottage. Besides her parents, Edna was predeceased by her brother, Donald Aedy, and nephew, Joel Kamstra. She is survived by her sister, Freda Kamstra, cousin Lenora Aedy, nephews Lawrence Aedy and George Kamstra, nieces Linda Leonard, Janice Armstrong and Freda Davies, and other relatives, including the Harding family of North Saanich. She was also very close to the Muir family of the Eastern Townships, Quebec. In her final days she was lovingly supported by David Harding, Eden Muir, Ann Tasko, Grace Atkinson and other dear friends. A suitable destination for memorial donations would be any organization that promotes art education. Or, just think about Edna and enthuse over a child’s drawing.