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Cass Edison Obituary
CASS EDISON Cathy (Cass) Jean Edison died in Chico on March 16, 2015. She was born in Bellevue, Wash-ington on February 25, 1960, to Theodore (Ted) and Gayleene Edison. While Bellevue was her hometown, her father's work required the family to travel frequently for extended periods of time. As a result, Cass attended school in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as International schools in Singapore and Manila. She graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington in 1978, and entered the University of Washington the same year, graduating in 1982 with a BA in Journalism, minoring in Political Science. Following gradu-ation, she moved to Flathead Lake, Montana, where she worked as a radio news broadcaster. Being fluent in French, Cass moved to Paris in January 1984 to study for a year at Paris-Sorbonne University. After living in Paris and then briefly in Mykonos, Greece, she returned to the U.S. in 1985 to work for the News-Tribune publica-tions in Los Angeles, where she met and later married Grant Branson. Subsequently, Cass went on to work for the Long Beach Downtown Gazette and the Long Beach Business Journal. She and Branson moved to Chico, Branson's home-town, in 1991, where they founded and published the North Valley Business Journal and had a son and daughter over the ensuing ten years. Cass was preceded in death by her father and mother, and by her younger brother Kirk, who perished in a skydiving accident. She is survived by her sister, Troy White, her son Alexander and daughter Veronica, several uncles, aunts and cousins whom she dearly loved; and by Grant Branson, the father of her children. Cass was an accomp-lished and insightful journalist, a superior equestrienne, a creative idea-person, and a gifted and talented artist. In addition to her writing, she devised several ideas for handy house-hold gadgets and created many paintings and drawings in the Post-Modern Expressionist style, which have been exhibited in galleries regionally, as well as marketed online. Cass was a gentle, kind, giving and intelligent person, who deeply loved her children, her Arab gelding horse, Marr-Zaar, and her adopted community of Chico. She gave freely of her expertise, time and talents to individuals and to community or-ganizations and projects, including painting a mural of California Quail on a wall at Chapman School in South Chico during a "Love Chico Schools" project. Cass was taken from us tragically and far too soon. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her, and by all those whose lives she touched. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Jesus Center, 1297 Park Avenue in Chico. More information is available by contacting the Jesus Center at 530-345-2640, or Bidwell Memorial Chapel at 530-342-4291, or online at: http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3023008&fh_id=11360
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 23, 2015
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