Edith Monica Simich Scribner | Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Edith Monica Simich Scribner on Wednesday December 8, 2021. Edith was born in Oakland, California on June 20, 1945 to Myron and Marjorie Simich. In 1946, the family moved to Napa, California, where Myron and Marjorie purchased Smith’s Memorial & Cut Stone. Edith attended St. John’s Catholic School and graduated in 1959. She then continued to St. Vincent Ferrer High School in Vallejo by taking the bus every morning in front of St. John’s Hall. In St. Vincent’s, she was on the Honor Roll, she was a member of the Main Cabinet and Apostolic Committee, graduating in 1963. Napa Junior College was her next step in her education receiving an AA degree in Commerce. Edith then attended California State University in Chico where she graduated in Business Administration in 1968. In addition to her degree, she received a congratulatory letter from our President Lyndon Johnson and Governor Ronald Reagan.

During her professional career, she worked at Short’s Flower Shop on First St. in Napa where she made lifelong friends. Edith then got a job at the new Humble oil refinery in Benicia and became a buyer of oil refining products. “Put a tiger in your tank!” This was the company’s slogan! While working at Humble Oil, she met and married Don Scribner and became the stepmother to three wonderful children, Susie, Francine and Donny Jr. A move to Baytown, TX was in their future where Edith and Don worked. both at the refinery which was one of the largest in the United States. After 5 years of disappearance from California, they returned to Walnut Creek and continued to work for the new company Exxon.

Edith took great joy in raising her stepchildren, guiding them through Catholic school and into adulthood. Sadly, Donny Jr. passed away in 1987, which was heartbreaking for everyone, but especially for Edith as he was her baby boy. Edith continued, raising Suzy and Fran with Don.

Edith was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the early 1990s. After many years at home, Edith’s battle with MS proved too difficult for Don to care for. Edith was transferred to a retirement home in Walnut Creek, where she was able to receive many visitors. Edith was always able to find joy in life and spoke with her mother at least once a day if not twice a day until Marjorie passed away in 2013. Edith’s friends from childhood until she he university were wonderful, visited him, sent him cards, letters and emails.

Edith bravely battled MS for over 20 years; her body gave in to the ravages of this horrible disease on December 8, 2021. Her brother, Stephen and his wife Margaret were with her shortly before her death. She will be sorely missed.

Edith is survived by her husband Don, her daughter-in-law Francine, her grandsons Josh, Ben and Anthony, her brother Stephen, her sister-in-law Margaret, her sister-in-law Sue, her niece Audrey (Sparks, NV), his nephews, Nick, Myron and Frank. Cousin, Karen Tyler, a retired RN who has been a great help overseeing the care of Edith for the past 7 years, Lynn Wilmes, Patricia Stahl, Mary Brink and many other cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents Myron and Marjorie, brothers; Eddie, Vincent and David, step-sister Renee, little sister Yvonne, stepson Donnie and stepdaughter Suzy.

Edith Simich was a very elegant and classy woman and will be missed by all.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Chapel of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 2121 Spring St. in St. Helena, with funeral services immediately following.

The family asks that briefs be made to any organization that helps people with MS. The Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel serves family and friends can offer condolences at banderolewigger.com

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