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Edith Short



Edith Short peacefully passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015. She was in many ways a miracle child, as she was born without thyroid function. This condition often had severe lasting effects on children of that time. Born in 1931, Edith was one of the first to be treated by Children’s Hospital in Seattle for this disorder. Although she struggled with this complication her whole life, she was able to overcome it and complete college with a teaching degree from Central Washington University.

Edith was a teacher at Nespelem, Omak, Mansfield and Moses Lake. Following her brief career, children continued to be an important part of Edith’s life as she turned her attention to children within her family, such as numerous nieces and nephews. Whether tutoring, making flash cards, or acting as a playmate, she continued to give her time to these young family members she loved.

Edith was born in Wenat-chee on June 27, 1931, to Howard and Eloise Short. Her family moved to Grand Coulee when she was four, where she lived most of her life. She enjoyed gardening and also spending time with her parents at the family ranch along the Columbia River or at the family’s meadows on Disautel Pass in the summertime. She was a long-time active member of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. She was thankful for her family, her friends from her church, her friends from the Grand Coulee Senior Center, and her numerous other helpers from the community, especially as she aged; they were very helpful in her remaining in the home in which she had grown up.

She is survived by her brother Jim Short, and his wife Cathy; her sister, Bette Jeanne Morris; and her brother, Denis (Pat) Short and his wife Mary Lynne; nieces: Tina Short, Mary Beth Short, Laurie Short, Margaret Morris, Shelly Garg, and Catherine Brady; nephews: Charles Short, Mike Short, and John Morris.

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