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Edith Hsiao

Nov. 20, 1933 — Nov. 11, 2019

365体育滚球Edith Hsiao, a residence of Davis since 1963, was a force of nature. Her energy, intelligence, grace and caring left an impression on everyone she met over her nearly 86 years.

A homemaker and wonderful cook, she inadvertently developed a global reputation; her gracious hosting of visitors and students from many countries extended her renown to six continents, and was an important factor contributing to the academic career of her husband Ted Hsiao. Her open and curious nature meant she could talk to anyone, and her extensive linguistic repertoire (German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, rudimentary Chinese and a smattering of Hindi and Latin) certainly helped.

365体育滚球An adventurous spirit, she and Ted loved traveling, visiting friends, former students and new places throughout the world. Edith’s sons, Terence Hsiao and Gregor Hsiao, were happily dragged along in her wake, anticipating adventure yet secure in the knowledge that she’d be able to talk through or deal with any situation that came up.

She loved her four grandchildren, Melina, Leilani, Karsten and Meilani deeply and took justified pride in them. Edith was a gracious and constant friend. German through and through, she kept a gemütliches house, taught both of her sons the language and regularly saw her family and childhood friends in Germany where her two sisters, five nephews, and one niece live.

She passed away from cancer at home on Nov. 11, surrounded by her family and blessed with friends who came to see her at the end. A remembrance gathering for family and friends will be held in the afternoon of Jan. 25 in Davis.

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