Memorial service to be held for Blackfalds woman

A memorial tea will be held on Saturday for a Blackfalds area woman who promoted sustainable communities through community gardening. Edith Schaeffer, 68, died on Monday.

A memorial tea will be held on Saturday for a Blackfalds area woman who promoted sustainable communities through community gardening.

Edith Schaeffer, 68, died on Monday.

The memorial tea will be at the Centre for Spiritual Living at 6315 Horn St. from 1 to 3 p.m.

Schaeffer was best known for her efforts to teach people how to garden and for providing a community garden plot for their use. For 10 years, she operated the community garden plot.

When infections necessitated the amputations of both legs, engineering students designed a one-of-a-kind wheelchair that allowed Schaeffer to navigate around her garden.

In lieu of flowers, people are being urged to plant and nurture a tree in Schaeffer’s honour. She is survived by four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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