Edith (Rigdon) Ursino Feb. 13, 1936 - Dec. 10, 2016 Salinas Edith (Rigdon) Ursino, 80, passed away Dec. 10, 2016, in the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 13, 1936, in the Panama Canal Zone while her parents we on rotation. Edith was the youngest of five children of Alice and Captain Jonathan Rigdon, a U.S. Army doctor. Edith attended grade school at the Carmel Mission, where she made lifelong friends, as well as in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Chicago. Her high school years were spent in Sendai, Japan during the U.S. occupation. There she learned traditional Japanese dance and gained a deep appreciation for the culture. Upon returning from Japan in 1953, Edith earned an Associate Degree from Monterey Peninsula College while living in Carmel with the painter, Dick Lofton, and his family. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Later in her life, she acquired her Master's Degree in Human Resources Management and Development from Chapman University. As a young mother, she lived in Monterey and received her teaching credential. After moving to Salinas, she taught for many years at the Chualar Elementary School, during which time she spent a summer with a Spanish immersion program in Mexico to better serve her migrant students. Even while going to school, working full time and being a single mother, she was still able to provide her three young boys with a good education in a loving environment. She received wonderful support and encouragement from her parents and her close friends, Fleana Snapp, and the artists, Eldon Dedini and his wife, Virginia Conroy. Edith loved gardening and worked for a time at a nursery in Carmel after teaching. She took pride in arranging her Salinas front yard with drought resistant plants, rocks and pebbles in a Japanese aesthetic. She enjoyed friends, family, tennis, bridge, politics, art, crossword puzzles, her cats, and following Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors basketball team. Edith was predeceased by her parents and older brother, Tommy Rigdon. She leaves her three sons, Chris, Jon (Claire) and Ted (Heidi), along with four grandchildren, Kristen, Jenine, Finley, and Ian. She also leaves sisters, Anne Bell, Margaret deRivera, and brother, Jonathan Rigdon, Jr. (Ann). Family, friends and others whose lives Edith touched are invited to a Memorial service from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the San Carlos Cemetery in Monterey. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your favorite charity.
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