Edith G Moreland passed away peacefully on April 11, 2011, surrounded by her loving husband and children. Born on December 22, 1924, in Glendale, California, to Theodore Schindler and Agnes Celia Iverson, she was the youngest of 10 children.
Her childhood and adolescence were shaped by the Depression and World War II. She often told stories about her days at Franklin High School in Highland Park, California, her early jobs at local movie theaters and her first art job at a photography studio. After high school, she attended Frank Wiggins Trade School in Los Angeles to study technical illustration. An instructor enabled her to get an illustrator position at Lockheed. Subsequent “essential” employment included Santa Fe Trailways and Trans World Airlines (TWA). She also volunteered at the USO and established pen pal relationships with several soldiers.
While working at TWA, beyond the occasional sightings of Howard Hughes in the hallways, the highlight of her tour of duty was meeting her future husband, William Moreland, a meteorologist. They married in October 1946 and began an odyssey of travel and adventure across the United States for the next 30 years to multiple states with periodic returns to California. She also managed to raise three children while maintaining her artistic skills as a painter and technical illustrator.
However, southern California was always in her heart. In 1974, the family established residence in La Crescenta for the next 30 years. She returned to her original profession as a technical illustrator for local electronics companies until retirement.
In 2004, she and her husband relocated to Lompoc, California, to be closer to family living on the central coast. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, William Moreland; a son, Geoffrey Moreland of Morro Bay; two daughters, Elaine Huggins of Lompoc; and Cindy Moreland of Kansas City, Missouri; and five grandchildren. She was the last of her siblings to depart. Services will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale on April 18, 2011 at 2 pm.