Charlotte Jameison Edgar

Published: 12/23/2016 3:00:05 AM
Modified: 12/23/2016 3:00:12 AM

Rutland, Vt. — Charlotte Jameison Edgar, devoted mother, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at the age of 85. She was lovingly surrounded by immediate family when she passed at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Charlotte was born in Manhattan, N.Y. on Dec. 30, 1930, to Dr. Frances Halsted and Dr. Gerald R. Jameison. Raised in White Plains, N.Y., she was well cared for by her parents and a beloved Nanny, Theresa. Theresa and her husband, Anton Eiberger remained as family until their deaths in Chester, Vt.

As a young woman, Charlotte enjoyed playing the piano and horseback riding. Summers were spent at the Jameison Family Lodge in the Adirondacks. It was here Charlotte experienced the peace of pristine wilderness and developed her love of nature. While attending the Scarborough School in Briar Cliff Manor, N.Y. Charlotte met her future husband, Perry Edgar who attended Hackley Prep School. In 1952, Charlotte graduated from Centenary College and married Perry while he was in service in the Korean War. Their first child was born shortly after he was wounded in action in July 1953.

As a young wife, while Perry worked for The New Yorker magazine, Charlotte made many deep and lasting friendships in the numerous states they called home. She volunteered at the Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport, Conn.; was active in political meetings and anti-war rallies in Sudbury, Mass. in the Vietnam era; and was a vital member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Westport, Connecticut and Chester, Vt.

In 1967, Charlotte and Perry purchased The Edgar Farm in Andover, Vt., which became the seminal ground for family gatherings, reunions, and weddings.

After her children were grown, Charlotte spent 15 enjoyable years working for Planned Parenthood in Springfield, Vt. In her spare time, Charlotte was an avid tennis player, volunteered at The Whiting Library, and was active in the Unitarian Universalist Church. These were very happy years of her life.

Charlotte was a proud and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She gave freely of her time; tenderly and patiently nurturing the little ones, while imbuing her wit, intelligence and values to all others. Charlotte was a voracious reader, lifelong gardener, bird watcher, and Democrat; her interest in politics was unsurpassed by most others in her life.

Charlotte was predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, Perry Ladd Edgar. Charlotte is survived by her twin brother, Tim Jameison, brother, Bill; and sister, Frances. She is also survived by her four children and their families: Nancy Edgar-Howard of Springfield, N.H., Donald Jameison Edgar of Andover, Vt, Laura Ladd Edgar Spencer of Concord, N.H., and Caroline Edgar Albert of Pawlet, Vt.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Chester, Vt. in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Charlotte’s memory can be made to the National Audubon Society, PO Box 97193, Washington, DC 20090.

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