Margaretha Ediger died suddenly on October 28, 2004 at the age of 78 years. Born Margaretha Fehderau on February 2, 1926 in the Crimea in Russia, she lived in Brazil as a child and then immigrated to the US to attend college and seminary where she met and married Menno. She and Menno worked side-by-side in churches in Turpin Oklahoma and Sudbury and at the Welcome Inn drop-in centre in Hamilton. She became ordained in the Mennonite church and together they served churches in Markham, Illinois and Boise, Idaho. After working with MCC in the Mennonite colonies in Bolivia for five years they settled in Mission in 1990. Here they became faithful and loved members of St. Stephens Christian Community. Margaretha was involved in many volunteer activities in her years here, most recently with MCC, Mission Hospice Society and Hidden Treasures Thrift store in Abbotsford.
Margaretha was a passionate advocate for peace and social justice and served on the MCC Peace Committee for many years. She had a gift for friendship and hospitality, sharing freely her legendary baking, flowers and produce from her garden, and countless meals with friends old and new.
Predeceased by Menno in 2002, survived by sisters Elizabeth and Trude, she will be deeply missed by children Stephanie, Elizabeth (and Lloyd Hildebrand), Mike (and Diane), Mary (and Robert Ross) and Evelyn, and grandchildren Katie, John, Jeff, Alyse, Mikaela, and Eli.
A funeral service will be held on Friday November 5, 2004 at
1:00 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 33522 – 7th Ave., Mission. If desired, donations in Margaretha’s memory may be made to MCC or the Mission Hospice Society.
Arrangements entrusted to Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home 604-826-9548