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Edith Silva

Edith E. Silva passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Edie was a devoted wife, loving mom, wonderful grandma, sister and aunt, and a caring dedicated friend. Edie, with her infectious smile, warmth and big brown eyes, always demonstrated her profound love for family and friends. With her giving kind nature, she continually put all others before herself.

Edie was born in Sacramento on March 17, 1928, to Darrel P. & Elspet Bruce White McMurtry. She spent her almost her entire life in Davis, attending Central Davis Elementary School, Emerson Junior High, Davis Senior High School and Sacramento City College.

She met her husband of almost 59 years, Milton Gilbert Silva, in 1948 while he was a student at UC Davis. After a year's courtship, Milt proposed to Edie on her 21st birthday and they were married on Nov. 12, 1949, at St. James Catholic Church. They spent a brief time in Los Molinas while Milt taught high school, but returned back to Davis where they made a special loving home for these past 58 years.

Edie began her career as the secretary for Davis Senior High School, was an accountant for McNeil's Flooring for many years, and before her retirement, served for 25 years as the executive assistant to three UC Davis chancellors, Emil Mrak, James Meyer and Ted Hullar.

With boundless energy and endless love of family and friends, she provided a loving, supportive home where she graciously welcomed others. Edie always made time to make everyone feel special. Her family and friends meant the world to her. She was extremely loyal and dedicated, demanding excellence of herself in all that she did in work and in life.

She was volunteered at work, schools, community and organizations, as well as took on lead roles for numerous activities/projects such as the Yolo Hospice's Jazz in the Park and its Thrift Shop. She was also an active member of the UC Davis Retirees Association and helped produce its newsletter.

As a caring, compassionate soul, she was always coming to the assistance of those in need while careful to maintain a low profile. Her efforts were always from her heart and the desire to give and she truly lived by the mottos 'it is always better to give than to receive' and 'put others before yourself.' She will be remembered for her love, welcoming smile, kindness, intelligence, graciousness, generosity, dedication and profound loyalty.

In addition to her loving, devoted husband, Edie is survived by her daughter Darlene Hunter (Craig); son Stan Silva (Lorri); four grandchildren, Cristlyn Hunter Stephens (Jeff), Shelby Hunter, Ashley Silva and Matthew Silva; sister, Isabella Hermann (Wally); brother, Darrel McMurtry (Susan); nephews, Carl, Ken and Craig (Deb) Hermann, Gregory (Mary), Randall (Jeanne) and Jim (Pam)Silva, and Sherman McMurtry; nieces, Jeannette LeMar (Eric), Tiffany McMurtry, Sharon Silva Trap, Karen Silva, Kathy Silva Schrumpert (Bill), and Kristy Silva Felts (Kevin); numerous grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as many special dear friends who gave her great joy, happiness and fulfillment.

The family extends a special thank you to all the dear friends who have shared their lives with Edie and our family. We especially thank you for providing outstanding support and love during her illness. Our family also greatly appreciates the excellent care, kindness and support of Dr. Michelle Kim, Dr. Bellinger, Dr. Kile, Dr. Shihabi, Dr. Wang, Dr. Westin, Sutter Davis Hospital's ER & ICU staff, AMR-American Medical Response team, Davis Fire Department -Lake Boulevard team and Yolo Hospice team.

In compliance with Edie's wishes and unassuming ways, a private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to be made in Edie's memory to continue her giving ways to Yolo Hospice or your favorite charity.

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Dar, Cathie and I extend our sympathies to you and your entire family. We are thinking of you all. Bob and Cathie Bullis

BOB BULLIS Dec 31 2008 12:00 AM

Dar - My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Know that an extra special angel is looking down upon us and now is free and able to live on in your hearts forever. Hugs from this 'Aggie' to you and your family... ~Susie

Susie Cauchi (Gaines) Oct 8 2008 12:00 AM

In 1972 we bought a lot and built a house. At the time we had no idea who our neighbors would be. To my incredible luck we found we lived next door to Milt and Edie. For 36 years they have been the best neighbors. When Edie became sick, the whole time she remained the caring, loving and gracious lady she always was. She was truly a special person. We will miss her deeply. My heart an prayers go out to her husband and their families.

Kenneth/Betty Letsinger Oct 6 2008 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to you Milt and your entire family....My mom's name was Flo Lillard Nelson and from all that I have ever heard was how Edie was one of mom's best friends growing up here in Davis....Flo passed in 2002 and I know that her spirit greeted Edie with loving arms....just know that our family deeply cares for you and shares in the sadness of your loss.

Marilyn Nelson Harris Oct 4 2008 12:00 AM

We would like to offer our condolences to all the Silva family. What wonderful memories we have of Edie. Edie made numerous trips to Esparto to visit Nan after her stroke. God love her.

Nanele and Bill Arnold Oct 4 2008 12:00 AM

Edie will be remembered as a good friend and will be missed very much. Our sincere condolence to the family.

Dot and Lorin Gardner Oct 4 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Milt, You have my deepest sympathy for your loss of Edie. I hope that good wishes from your many friends like me will be of some help. I admired Edie and liked working with her on the UCDRA newsletter. I enjoyed seeing both of you at the UCDRA meetings. Hope to see you at the next one. Sincerely, Corinne

corinne cooke Oct 4 2008 12:00 AM

Milt, Dar, and all of the Silva Family - We are saddened at Evie's passing and pray that you will find comfort in knowing that she was loved by so many of us. May God bless and comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Doug and Carol

Doug and Carol Gubler Oct 2 2008 12:00 AM