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Edith Harriet Alger
July 25, 1937 ~ December 9, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
Edith Harriet Alger, age 86, passed away peacefully on Dec. 9, 2023. She was born on July 25, 1937 to Ethel and Henry Streets, who raised their six children on a farm near Polson, Mont. At age 17, Edie left home to attend Kinman Business University in Spokane, Wash. to study accountancy. Upon securing her first job, she proudly purchased the plumbing for her family's first indoor bathroom.
While working in Spokane, Edie began dating Donald Alger, a Korean War Vet. They wed in 1962 and had two children, Terri and Timothy, whom they raised in the greater Seattle area. Edie worked as an accountant and Don with Boeing on the first Lunar Rover that went to the moon.
In the early 1970s, the family moved to Morgantown, WV, where Don had a new project. Edie was able to be a housewife, raising their children, which she really enjoyed. In 1977, Don’s project ended, and they headed west for California to visit family. While passing through, they fell in love with Phoenix and made it their new home. Edie worked as a bookkeeper and Don worked for UniDynamics until they moved to Wickenburg for retirement in the early 90s. They bought a boat and enjoyed many visits to Lake Pleasant.
After Edie was widowed in 1998, she moved to Wyoming and worked at The Flagg Ranch as an accountant. When Edie returned back to Arizona, she purchased her forever home with her daughter Terri in Morristown, where she joined the General Federated Woman’s Club (GFWC), a local non-profit formed in the 1880s. Edie worked for several more years as the night audit at the Best Western Motel before retiring for good and focusing on volunteerism.
Edie was an energetic person and loyal to the club. In her tenure, she had served as both President and Treasurer. She was dedicated to the Morristown Community and helped establish the Morristown Volunteer Library, housed in the Morristown Elementary School’s Old Main building. She also volunteered over 200 hours for the Hassayampa River Preserve and received several volunteer awards. Her motto was “If they ask me, I will serve.”
Edie was a voracious reader of all kinds of books. She was never without a book and would literally read anything. Broadminded as they come, Edie was known for her love of fun, easy laughter, zest for life, and great sense of humor. She had a love of sports, never missing a Cardinals or Suns game. She loved to camp and travel and adored her grandchildren and great grandkids. Edie never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was loved and cared for by her devoted family and nursed by her granddaughter, Sabrina, and daughter, Terri.
Edie’s legacy of love and laughter will live on in her surviving family, including brother, Jim Streets; children, Terri (Alger) Johnson and Tim Alger; her nine grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. She was beloved and respected by everyone who knew her. We will all miss her deeply.
A Celebration of Life for Edie will be help at the Old Main Building of Morristown Elementary School on Jan. 13, 2023 at 2 p.m. Food will be served and photos will be taken.