COLLIN, Edith Elizabeth

COLLIN, Edith Elizabeth

Edith, the beloved wife of Wilbur Collin, of Beaumont Alberta, passed away on Sunday, September 25 at the age of 84 years.
Edith was born in Athabasca on December 22, 1937, and raised on the family farm near Donatville, Alberta. After completing high school in Edmonton, she enrolled in the faculty of Home Economics, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1958. She was immediately employed as a District Home Economist in Westlock, Alberta.

Edith Married Wilbur on July 25, 1959. In October they both began teaching at the Olds School of Agriculture (cum Olds College) where Edith continued to teach-with a few intermissions-Clothing Design and Construction until 1994 when she retired. The intermissions were a result of the birth of her daughter Dorine in Olds, moving to Edmonton from 1967 to 1972 where she taught home economics at Louis St. Laurent High School and for further study at the University of Alberta where she received a BEd. Degree in 1967, the Banff School of Fine Arts where she graduated with a Senior Diploma in Fine Arts-with distinction-in 1981, and Oregon State University where she graduated with a master’s degree in Clothing and Textiles in 1987. As well, she acquired considerable knowledge and skills in pattern drafting-through workshops and seminars and drafting clothing patterns for family and friends.

Edith’s vocation and passion was sewing. Throughout her life she designed and sewed many wedding dresses, graduation dresses, other garment for family and friends, household items such as quilts, table runners, draperies etc. She could make or fix anything made from fabric. She passed along her sewing expertise to her granddaughters Sarah and Emily-teaching them to sew. She always made sure the girls had new outfits for every occasion and encouraged her granddaughters to sew. Edith will be remembered for her willingness and expertise in overcoming almost any sewing (clothing construction) problem.

She had a very extensive library of sewing and weaving books and samples.

Her avocation and second passion were for spinning and weaving-of natural fibers-wool and cotton. She wove several rugs, yards of fabric, saddle blankets, etc on her own looms and spun and dyed (with natural dyes) many pounds of wool-which mostly came from family-owned sheep.

She enjoyed the winters in Arizona and travelling with their RV.

Edith is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Wilbur; her daughter Dorine and husband Stu; two married granddaughters Sarah(Nigel), and Emily(James); four great grandchildren Alex, Zach, Parker and Phoebe; two foster daughters Jody(Dennis) and Nancy; as well as by one sister Gwyneth.

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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John Conibear

Today is Thanksgiving Day, and we remember one of our blessing is having known Edith. While we live miles apart, we always knew her to be a warm and friendly person. We do not get to chose our relatives, but if we could I would have gladly chosen Edith as a cousin. We will miss her.
Cousin John

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