Edith was born Sept. 26, 1918 in Menard to William and Mary Cannon.
She had one brother, Paul, and four sisters, Mary, Georgia, Billie, and Frances, all of whom preceded her in death. Her beloved husband of 52 years, Ray Clark Diebel, died in 1993.
Edith is survived by her three children, Diann Wilson and husband, Don; Phil Diebel and wife, Polly; Kim McAdoo and husband, William; brother-in-law, Chris Diebel and wife, Merita; nephew, Dwain Cannon and wife, Martha; nephew, Craig Diebel and wife, Peggy; nephew, Tim Diebel and wife, Lori; and niece, Pat Flaugher; grandchildren, Rob Wilson and wife, Kristen; Patrick Wilson and wife, Becky; Clark Diebel; Cap Diebel and wife, Maggie; Laura Diebel and husband, Drew Harrison; Cannon McAdoo and wife, Julie; and Drew McAdoo; and six great-grandchildren.
Early in Edith’s life her parents, sisters and brother moved from Menard to Coleman, where Edith graduated from high school at the age of 16.
After graduating from high school, she attended and graduated from Sealy Hospital’s two-year nursing program in Santa Anna. Edith worked as a nurse until she and her parents moved to Austin in the late 1930s. It was in Austin where she met the love of her life, Clark Diebel, who was a student at the University of Texas. They married on July 19, 1941, after Clark’s graduation, and moved to Houston for two years.
From Houston, they moved back to Austin where they raised their three children until 1965, when they moved to Bryan. After Clark’s death in 1993, Edith continued to live in Bryan until returning to Austin in 2006.
Edith will always be known for the extraordinary love and loyalty she had for her family. She was a faithful member of Central Christian Church in Austin until moving to Bryan in 1965 where the family joined First Presbyterian Church. At First Presbyterian, Edith became an active member in the women’s circle and participated in many church activities. Throughout her life Edith had a large circle of friends and was an avid bridge player. But what meant most to Edith was her family, for whom she cared deeply and wanted most to be around. Her friends and family will dearly miss her.
Edith’s family would like to thank the Westlake Hills Summit staff and Heart to Heart Hospice for their compassionate care over the past four years.
The family gathered July 27 for a celebration of life conducted by Edith’s nephew, Rev. Tim Diebel, at the family farm in Berclair, followed by the spreading of her ashes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 4009 Bannister Lane, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78704, or to a charity of choice.