Edith Keasbey

Edith Keasbey (Thurlow)

Monday, May 5th, 1930 - Saturday, November 21st, 2020
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Edith Keasbey
Born in 1930 to John Woodwell Thurlow and Alma Sterling Simon, Edie
grew up in a military family, moving around to locations such as New York City, Orlando, Florida and Newburyport, Massachusetts. She attended the Pennsylvania School of Agriculture, in Ambler Pennsylvania, where she developed a lifelong love of all things nature.

While campaigning for Eisenhower, Edie met and later married Thomas Keasbey, a former Army Aircorps pilot. In 1960, they welcomed a child, Timothy, into their home. With a thirst for adventure, Edie & Tom opened and took on the management of a small boutique hotel in Antigua, West Indies. This led to managing several other properties throughout the Caribbean earning several accolades in the process.

Upon retiring and returning to her beloved Patterson, Edie, along with Tom, saw the need to get involved with preserving the natural beauty of the Putnam County area. This led them into the fight against a proposed local landfill which would have negatively impacted the quality of life in their town.

After this success, Edie became involved with organizations like the Putnam County Land Trust and later worked with local environmentally focused friends and neighbors to establish FRoGS (Friends of the Great Swamp) in 1990. This passion drove her to pursue a degree and in 2003, she received a Bachelor of Professional Studies from Empire State College.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a future date when it is safe to do so. In honor of her love of nature, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either FRoGS or the Putnam County Land Trust.

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daphne T. Stevens

Posted at 08:30am
Charles Thurlow, an orphan at 3, was a first cousin of Edie's who was her two older brother’s age so she knew him but not well. My brother, sister and I saw her parents once or twice and a few other of his aunts and uncles but didn’t know about Edie. My brother was determined to find some Thurlow relatives about 10 years ago at the same time Edie was wishing for some Thurlow relatives. The key was a Christmas subscription to where my brother found a listing for Edie’s parents and Edie as a small child on a ship manifest. He was able to find Edie which led to wonderful relationship for all of us. We traveled to Newburyport where Edie and my father spent summers including being able to walk through the High St. house twice which triggered so many memories for Edie and stories for us. The peonies in the back yard are where Edie got hers many years ago and shared with us. We went to Plum Island which elicited more stories, both places she thought she would never see again. We found the family burial plot which had deteriorated so we had improvements done.

My husband and I visited her often where we discovered that we were so similar. Both of us were/are climate activists; I loved her email address Greenedie. We both loved gardening: flower and vegetable, and enjoyed eating from the garden. Trader Joes was our favorite grocery store. Nature, birding, animal watching were other things we shared and enjoyed. Edie took us hiking around Patterson. One freezing day we three walked on the Great Swamp, a day I will never forget, seeing it through her eyes. Reading was another joint passion and Masterpiece theater as was politics.

Edie, I miss you, your passion for life, you laugh, your big smile when we were able to get together again.

Daphne T Stevens

suzanne yerks

Posted at 01:42pm
Very sorry to hear of Edie's passing. I met Edie many years ago via my mother in law Edna Yerks. She had worked for the family for many years and remained friends into their golden years. At the time of our meeting I was a new quilter and Edie was very encouraging and gave great advice. I so appreciated her kind feedback and still think back to those conversations with fondness. Edie was a woman of many talents and shared those freely. God Bless.
Sincerely, Suzanne Yerks

Larry Maxwell Posted at 03:22pm

Edie was a truly great lady wh loved her town and the wonderful environment around us. May others pick up the mantle this great lady left behids. She, like her husand Tom, will be greatly missed! Dr. Larry A. Maxwell, Patterson Town Historian and Pastor of Patterson Baptist Church

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