Columbia, Mo. - Edith (Rowe) Fairgrieve, 88, died in Columbia, Mo. on her birthday, Aug. 4, 2016. She had been living there since October of 2015 where her daughter and son-in-law, Meg and Mark Milanick reside.
She was born Aug. 4, 1928 in New York City to Edmund and Edith Rowe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loudon "Don" Campbell Fairgrieve; her sister, Marjorie Rowe Lemke of City Island, N.Y.; and her brother, Edmund Philip Rowe of Ossining, N.Y.
She is survived by her son, Ian Fairgrieve of Missoula, Mont.; daughter and son-in-law, Meg and Mark Milanick and her grandson, Bill Milanick, of Columbia.
Edith Fairgrieve grew up on City Island in the Bronx, N.Y. and graduated from Walton High School in 1945 and Hunter College in 1949. She worked as a social worker with the New York City Department of Social Work until her marriage to Don Fairgrieve in 1952. They moved to Mystic when he began a job as an engineer at Electric Boat in Groton.
Along with raising a family, Edith was very involved in community issues as president of the League of Woman Voters, and as president of T.R.E.E.S. she kept the fight alive to preserve and protect Bluff Point in Groton. More recently as a founding member of Groton Open Spaces Association, she worked to preserve greenway spaces such as the Merritt Family Forest and Avery Farm. She worked to freeze the nuclear arms race with the Southeastern Connecticut Nuclear Arms Freeze Committee, and was a founding member of Common Cause in 1971 as well as being involved in many other social justice causes. She loved animals and supported the causes of many animal rights organizations. She is appreciated for all she did in the Groton area and will be mightily missed by her colleagues and her family.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Mystic, where she had been a member for 57 years. A luncheon reception will follow in the undercroft of the church.
Donations in her memory may be made to Groton Open Spaces Association (GOSA).
Published in The Day on Aug. 17, 2016.