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Edith Johnson Guthrie

January 15, 1918 - February 6, 2018

Muncie – Edith Johnson Guthrie, 100, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 6, 2018, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

                She was born to Cyrus and Clara Johnson in a farmhouse south of Lynn, Indiana, on a cold, snowy day, January 15, 1918 on her sister Sara’s first birthday.  The …READ MORE

Muncie – Edith Johnson Guthrie, 100, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 6, 2018, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

                She was born to Cyrus and Clara Johnson in a farmhouse south of Lynn, Indiana, on a cold, snowy day, January 15, 1918 on her sister Sara’s first birthday.  The doctor had to be pulled up the lane by mules because the snow was so heavy.  It was there she grew up with her brothers, Truxton and Philip, and two sisters, Sara and Ada.

                Edith graduated Valedictorian from Lynn High School in 1935.  She went on to study music and business education at Ball State University.  Upon graduation in 1939 she began her teaching career at Mount Summit.  On June 1, 1941 she married John H. Guthrie.  Interestingly, she had to quit teaching because at that time women were not allowed to teach and be married.  However, two years later, she was hired at Cowan and eventually started their band program.   A few years later she took a voluntary leave from teaching to have her children, Sara Jane and Johnny.  She and John also raised their nephew Bobby Wyne.  After her children were in school, Edith’s teaching career took her to Yorktown where she was their band director and later to McKinley Elementary, Forest Park Elementary, and McKinley Jr. High.  She retired in 1979.

                She enjoyed traveling.  She once took a 30 day trip to Europe and visited seven different countries with her daughter, Sara Jane.  She and John also visited Bermuda, Bahamas, Costa Rica, and the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Canada.

                Edith was a member of Friends Memorial Church and was active in SAI, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Order of the Eastern Star.

                She was a lifelong learner.  Although she often stated she was not a particularly good golfer, she enjoyed learning to play after she retired.  About that time, she also purchased a serger and took lessons.  She made many baby blankets for loved ones.  Edith was an avid reader on her Kindle and kept up with friends and former students through email and Facebook.  She often shared her musical talent by playing piano at church or other special events.  Edith spent most Friday nights playing euchre with her friends, Linda, Jan, and Catherine.  She also enjoyed Wednesdays with her dear friend, Kay.  They would grocery shop and go to the Y to workout.  Edith never knew a stranger.  When she met you, she wanted to know all about you.  As a result, she had a very wide circle of friends and acquaintances.  One of the things that made her most happy was living independently in her own home, which thankfully she did until her last week in the hospital.

                Edith was loved by her children Sara Jane and Myron Moyer, John and Kathy Guthrie, and Bob and Sue Wyne.  She is also greatly admired by her grandchildren–Julie Arnold, Rae Anne Cates, Vicky Moyer, Travis Elton, and Marijohn Kirsch; special nieces–Brenda Armie and Judy Reynolds; and many great grandchildren.

                She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John H. Guthrie; her sisters; and her brothers.

                Edith celebrated her 100th birthday last month with a big open house.  She entertained her family and friends by playing a duet on the piano.  When she was recently asked, “What’s it take to live to be 100?”  Her response was, “Be interested.  In people, places, activities.  No matter your age, just always stay interested.” Edith Guthrie will be greatly missed.

                Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel. Cremation was held.

                Friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory Washington Street Chapel from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

                Memorials may be directed to Friends Memorial Church, 418 W. Adams St., Muncie, IN 47305.

                Online condolences may be sent to the family at meeksmortuary.com.

 

 

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