A long and rich life for Edie Kraus came to an end Friday August 9th, 2013 in Madison WI.

Born October 11th, 1925 to parents Alfred Edward (Ted) and Edith Gray Davidson in New Rochelle, NY. Edie, as she was known to everyone, was born Edith Elta Davidson.

Raised primarily in Evanston, IL, Edie graduated from Evanston TownshipHigh School and then Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she was bestowed the ceremonial honor of “May Queen”. Her marriage in 1947 to Bill Kraus of Marshfield/Stevens Point resulted in her spending 60 years of her life in Stevens Point. Her community contributions are too many to list, but her joy in life came from her involvement in and support of so many non-profit and arts organizations in Portage County; some referred to her as a “one-woman Foundation”. She was the first woman to serve on a Bank Board in Stevens Point when she joined the board of the Bank of Park Ridge.She was a founding member of the Women’s Fund of Portage County, Interfaith Caregivers and was a part owner of The Yarn Shop in Stevens Point, as well as being one of the original drivers for Meals on Wheels.

Her friends and family will remember her as generous with her time and her assets, She was a fundraiser, a hostess, an avid knitter, a lover of travel, a cookie baker, asports enthusiast, a curler, a golfer, a bowler, a tennis player, a Girl Scout leader, a giver time and time again. She was the ultimate “Professional Volunteer.”

Edie is survived by daughters Nancy Kraus (Marlin Fors) CA, Sally Kraus (Harry Tracosas) CA, Marcia Kraus (Russell Potter) WI, ex-husband Bill Kraus (Toni Sikes) WI, grandchildren Michael Fors and Dana Fors, CA; Emma Potter and Dashiell Potter, WI; brother Ted(Ellie) Davidson IL and their children Sue (Tom) Murdock, Tom and Peggy Davidson. She also leaves behind her beloved dog Babe, her constant companion for the last 10 years.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held Sunday September 8th, 2013 at 1pm at Frame Memorial Church Stevens Point, WI with a reception to follow at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to contribute to a charity of your choice or one that Edie would value – Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, United Way of Portage County, YMCA of Stevens Point, UWSP – Performing Arts or Woman’s Athletics, The Women’s Fund of Portage County, Community Foundation of Stevens Point, Children’s Museum of Stevens Point, Saint Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Central Wisconsin Area Symphony Orchestra, Monte Verdi Choral, Capitol Lakes Foundation of Madison, WI, Arts Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

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