Obituary: Edyth Irvine

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, volunteer

Much loved wife, mother, and grandmother Edyth Irvine died February 24 at age 83 after several years of cancer illness.

She was born in Philip, South Dakota. Her family moved to Los Angeles in her early years. Edyth lived with her husband and raised a family in Claremont for more than 35 years before retiring to Mammoth Lakes, California.

She was a kindergarten teacher for the Ontario-Montclair School District. She enjoyed gardening, reading, was a member of The Claremont Club, and volunteered at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (now California Botanic Garden).

She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early childhood education from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.

ln retirement, she volunteered with Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary, Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve, the Mono Lake Committee, the Snow Creek III condominium board, and served as president of the Mammoth Lakes Friends of the Library board.

She was passionate about early childhood education and reading, and enjoyed presenting story times at the library. An avid gardener, she completed work in the UC Master Gardener program with a pollinator garden specific to the Eastern Sierra. She and her husband traveled to more than 40 countries; of all the locations visited her favorite was Navajo National Monument, in Shonto, Arizona. She was an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Edyth is survived by her husband of 64 years, Kenneth C. Irvine; daughter Karye K. Hood (Paul); son Kirk J. Irvine (Loy); grandchildren Kirk J. Irvine Jr. (Sarah), Krystle J. Irvine (Bryce Quilici), Kirby A. Irvine, Christopher P. Hood (Rosa); and great-grandchildren Nicholas Kenneth Irvine, Paul Arturo Hood, and Kevin Oscar Hood. She also leaves behind her sister, Barbara Smith; nieces Brenda Montaine (Richard), Bonnie Brower (Robert); and great-niece Trysten Hicks (Dan) and family.

She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Kevin Andrew Irvine.

Donations in her name may be sent to, Mammoth Hospital Cancer Outreach Fund at

Services are planned for 10 a.m. Friday, March 10 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, with internment at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont.


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