Edith (Edie) Morgan Stearns Thigpen lived a full life for 90 years until September 17, 2018. She was born in Port Chester, New York, on March 28, 1928. She grew up on Oxecossett Farm in Wequetequock, Connecticut (in the Town of Stonington). The old colonial farmhouse had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but it was graced by a beautiful elm tree, rocks to climb on, a swamp, woods, an orchard, berries to pick, and a pond. The family was able to raise most of their food on the farm during the Great Depression.
Edie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where she met and married Jonathan Isaac Thigpen. They raised three children in Delaware and then Indiana. They took family camping vacations throughout the U.S. After the children were grown, Edie and Jon lived in Brasil for four years, where she immersed herself in the language and customs, traveling to new places at every opportunity. They returned to Wilmington, continuing their travels worldwide, and later moved to Jennersville, Pennsylvania.
Edie was a lifelong reader and learner. As a child she read by kerosene lamp or with a flashlight under the covers. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science. Edie loved to travel as a way to learn about people and places, as well as to explore and discover new wonders.
Edie was an artist: painting, sketching, photography, crafts, basket making, pottery, and decorating her home with mementos of her travels and her family.
Edie’s life exemplified her belief in kindness, her love of nature, and her commitment to making the community a better place. She was a worker and leader in many local organizations, including Unitarian Churches, Girl Scouts, Parent Teacher Associations, recreational groups, etc.
She is survived by 3 children: Alice Marie Thigpen, Janet Lee Thigpen, and Benjamin Jordan Thigpen; 7 grandchildren: Cody Christina Reed, Dalton Jon Patrick Reed, Dustin Cassidy Reed, Edward Aaron Thigpen, Erica May Webster, Kai Zoé Thigpen, and Nami Kya Thigpen; and 2 great grandchildren: Hayden Nicole Webster and Mason James Webster.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Jenner’s Pond Benevolent Care Fund (https://jennerspond.org/about-us/giving/, 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390) or the National Audubon Society (https://action.audubon.org/donate/make-tribute-gift?ms=s_src- 2015_AUDHP_ftr-, 225 Varick St., New York, NY 10014).
Walking slowly in the moonlight through the rows of tea plants, I noticed my mother was still with me. She was the moonlight, the singing of the crickets, the trembling leaves, the calling of the birds, the gentle breeze… Each time my feet touched the earth I knew my mother was there with me. I knew this body was not mine alone but a living continuation of my mother and my father and my grandparents and great- grandparents. Of all my ancestors. These feet that I saw as “my” feet were actually “our” feet. Together my mother and I were leaving footprints in the damp soil.
– Thich Nhat Hanh (adapted)
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