In Her Words: Edith’s Story

In Her Words

Candid Profiles of Strength Told by the Women of Northbridge

Throughout the month of March, we have collaborated to celebrate Women’s History Month and the rich history of the amazing women living in our communities. Their candid stories are brimming over with love, happiness, passion, family values and the markings of individuals who have truly lived well and loved life.

Edith’s Story (as told by Edith, resident of Avita of Wells and her daughter, Muriel)

What is your name and when and where were you born?

My name is Edith Muriel Kindred and I was born in July of 1932 in Cambridge, MA.


What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?

My Parents were John & Everlyn and I had a sister Joan and brother Steven.


How did your parents choose your name? Did you have any nicknames?

My grandmother liked the name. My nickname was Pudge.


What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young?

We would travel, go to Parades, carnivals and movies.


What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?

Burlington High School in Massachusetts and my favorite subjects were reading and sewing.


If married, what is/was your husband’s name? How did he propose?

My husband’s name was Edward Kindred. He said: “I have something to tell you and gave me a ring!”


What are your children’s names?

Muriel and Charles Kindred.


What are your hidden talents?

Quilting, sewing, and painting.


Do you have holiday traditions? What do you do for the holidays?

Christmas Tree, gathering with family.


What are some of your favorite things? Favorite colors? Favorite books? Favorite songs? Favorite pets?

My favorite color is blue. I love to read all kinds of different books. I enjoys dogs, cats, and finches.


What are some personal experiences that have especially touched your heart?

My wedding day, and my father taking me to the movies.


What are your favorite things to do now?

Sewing and painting.


Edith’s Story, as told by her daughter, Muriel

Edith met my dad, Edmund Kindred, at Burlington High School.  She was a freshman, he was a senior, and as the story goes, they were a match from the beginning.  The romance of Edie and Eddie continued until a week before she graduated, when my dad received his immediate military assignment from the Air Force.  She had four days to put together a wedding before he was shipped out.  Of course, she pulled it off, dad left, and she graduated with special permission from high school as Mrs. Edith Kindred.

Eventually, Eddie’s Air Force assignments took the two of them to California, where I was born, and then to Cape Cod, and eventually to Arlington, MA., where my brother, Charlie, was born shortly after.

Mom always had impressive organizational abilities, and even then, was an extremely progressive woman.  She alone, without my dad, purchased an acre of land in Wilmington, MA, and selected the house plans.  She didn’t leave him out though, she allowed him and his brother, Chet, to build her dream home, and to also build a matching house next door for Chet’s family.

She was a stay at home mom, but always had a side job.  At one point, she worked as a milliner for a Boston hat factory.  She would braid these beautiful ribbons into long strands.  The owner would drop off the huge bags of ribbons on Monday, and pick up the gorgeous finished ribbons on Thursday.  On weekends in the fall, she sold supplies for a company called TriChem Liquid Embroidery at county fairs.  During the winter and the spring, she taught art classes down in our basement, and knitting classes in our living room. And during the summers, she assisted in a friend’s ceramic business creating new products that would be taught in the classes.

When Edmund passed away, she immediately went to work.  Edith took a position with a trucking company where she was in charge of locating and redirecting lost shipments.  The transportation company closed and she became employed at the same bank that sold her the land all those years ago. She worked her way up from a clerical position to an Administrative position, second to the President.  There she arranged all the many public and company functions for the bank, conducted and supervised all the auditing sessions for the bank with the government, and handled the employee issues. She retired at 65, and finally had time to delve into her hobbies, especially quilting.  She entered a few competitions in silk embroidery and in 3D quilting.  This was prior to computer involved design. The quilts have traveled all over the world.  A few have been published in books, as examples of excellence and inspiration.

Edith is adored by her four grandchildren, Stacey, Neal, and the twins, Breanne and Taylor.  Although the family is geographically spread out, and cannot be physically with her, she is always in their thoughts. Each of them have many loving personal memories.

If I were asked to sum up mom’s characteristics, it would have to include her organizational and creative artistic abilities, her lifelong progressive attitude, and her kind, caring nature for others.

For more information about the wonderful way of life at Avita of Wells, click here.


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