Edith DePriest Ginther of Oxford, Ohio, passed away the morning of October 14, 2019, at Woodland Country Manor, Somerville. Born March 9, 1938 in Perry County, Tennessee, to Grady and Minnie DePriest, Edie was the ninth of their twelve children. She attended Perry County High School in Linden, Tennessee and then Peabody College in Nashville. She married Ned Webb in 1957; the two moved to Pasadena, California in 1959 and Cincinnati in 1963. Together they had three children: Tim Webb (Patty Nold), Kalinde Webb (Bill Fisher), and Chris Webb (Rachel Friedman).
In 1982 Edie married Richard Ginther of Oxford. In addition to her own children, Edie is survived by stepsons Gene and Geoff Ginther, twelve grandchildren, as well as great children. Her children were truly the love of Edie’s life, and that love carried on to the next generation with active, regular involvement in their care. Dick Ginther preceded Edie in death (February 19, 2013) after 30 years of marriage, which included annual winter sojourns to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Edie and Dick were long-time members of Oxford Lutheran Church. Together she and Dick loved laughing, antiquing, and decorating their home, especially with copious amounts of flowers.
Edie was known to many at Miami University as the hostess of the 1809 Room from 1981 until 1993, a job perfectly suited to her Southern charm and outgoing nature. In the 1990s she was a regular contributor to her hometown Buffalo River Review with the nostalgic column, “Perry County Yesterdays.” Other favorite projects were helping to found the “Pass It On” thrift shop in the years after her retirement from Miami and hosting numerous Oxford Museum Association events. She also began the annual Ginther/ Webb Fisher Christmas Open House, featuring live brass music, food, and plentiful good cheer. Edie lived the spirit of Christmas all year long!
A memorial service will be held January 18, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Sesquicentennial Chapel, 551 East Spring Street, Oxford, Ohio 45056 on the campus of Miami University.
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