Webb, Edith M. “Eadie”
Edith Marie Mitchell Webb, “Eadie,” as we knew her, made her way into the heavens on November 18, 2020, after celebrating 99 years on this Earth. Angels rejoiced in the arrival of an understanding, compassionate, and generous woman who was the heartbeat of her family, beautiful both inside and out!
The devoted wife of Ernie Webb, her (late) husband of 62 years; Eadie was the loving mother of Marsha Webb Senges (Richard), Charles Webb (Susan), and James Webb (Linda); the proud grandmother of and role model for Lara Senges Graham, Charles Senges, Brian Webb, (Alicia) and Emily Hartlief; a doting great-grandmother of Tyler Graham, Molly Graham, Peighton Senges, Henry Hartlief, Vivian Webb, and Violet Webb; and a kind and giving “second mother” to her niece, Barbara Massey.
A lover of books, butterflies, hummingbirds, hot fudge sundaes, and the color pink, Eadie was known for her huge heart, and was a source of unconditional love for many. Her tight hugs, wrapped with her signature Chanel Number 5 perfume, embraced and comforted all. We remember her lilting voice, exclaiming, “Oh my stars!” and radiating kindness and warmth, expressing genuine interest in what we shared with her. We are grateful for her acceptance of each of us exactly as we are; this generous gift will be passed on to others.
Grammie at the Lake, as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grands, shared with us her love for Keuka Lake, a family tradition which will live on for generations to come. Summer wasn’t summer until we met up with Gma with bouquets of wildflowers picked by the roadside on the nightstand, late night runs to Seneca Farms ice cream, and a few wild “masked rain dances” down on the dock. Family dinners of “Sunday Sauce” and leg of lamb with mint jelly were traditions shared by Gma and remembered by all.
A sharp cookie with a degree in Biology from American University back when not many ladies accomplished such a feat, Eadie served as a confident and independent role model for her daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters.
Dedicated to her family’s success, and always thinking of others before herself, she demonstrated a strong, selfless spirit, giving back and paying it forward, quietly emphasizing perseverance, and family. An attentive listener, a patient teacher, and accepting friend, Eadie always had time to teach, listen to, and comfort others. We are thankful she taught us many things: to say “Rabbit, Rabbit” for good luck on the first of the month, her recipe for a perfect apple pie, to respect everyone, to include all, and to push ahead when things are difficult.
Eadie led by example, grounded by her faith, and by her ability to see good in all things, even the unexpected and disappointing ones. She taught us that so much of life’s meaning comes from difficult and challenging times which sculpt our form and actions. Eadie’s love and tenderness in times of uncertainty and tribulation supported us and shaped our outlook on life’s journey, teaching us no matter how hard the road, goodness was present. She often quoted her own mother, saying, “Look for the silver lining in the clouds of darkness.” We find ourselves repeating her phrases to our own children now: “Everything happens for a reason,” she’d say, and “This too shall pass.”
The joy Eadie brought to us lives on in her legacy and is ingrained within each of us. Our children and our children’s children will carry on her positive attributes, optimistic outlook, and giving spirit for generations to come. Today we look to the sky and celebrate with the angels, knowing Eadie’s looking down on us with love! Full of trust. Full of joy. Ready to fly. This is how she approached the world – with a willingness to be moved and lifted, by love, with a desire to see from above, to get the bigger picture, to be delighted.
We thank you. We love you. God bless! Until we see you again!
Memorial donations in Eadie’s name may be sent to the United Church of Canandaigua, 11 Gibson Street, Canandaigua, NY, 14424, or to the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, P.O. Box 6457 (Dept. 291) Indianapolis, IN, 46206.