Edith Klaas Meffley of Dallas, formerly of Montclair, a lifelong conservationist and gardener, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, surrounded by family at the home. She was 95.
Born in New York City in 1925, Mrs. Meffley was raised in Montclair and spent summers rowing, sailing and teaching swimming at the Jersey Shore.
She and C. Fred Meffley, an Army Air Corps pilot and flight trainer in World War II, met at the University of Colorado, returning to New Jersey to marry after their graduation in 1946. In 1955 they moved with their two children to Bethel, Connecticut, and to Ridgefield, Connecticut, in 1960.
For over a half a century, Mrs. Meffley promoted conservation throughout her activities in Ridgefield. She developed a conservation curriculum for the Ridgefield schools in the early 1970s and environmental studies for teachers in the region, and was instrumental in the acquisition of open space parcels in Ridgefield. She took an active role in many health organizations.
Mrs. Meffley, whose husband died in 2006, is survived by her son, Eric (Patrice); her daughter, Pam King; her nephews, Paul Pape, Todd Pape (Tracie) and Alex Pape; her niece, Lisa Tarr (John), and many others whose lives she respected, loved and enjoyed.
Services for Mrs. Meffley were private, with her ashes resting next to her husband’s in Connecticut and at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Montclair, with her sister, their mother and maternal grandparents, overlooking the New York City skyline. Among her children’s earliest memories are of their mother at the cemetery, planting and pruning.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Ridgefield Conservation Commission, the Ballard Greenhouse Garden & Conservation Trust or Planned Parenthood.