Edith Zissos passed away August 13 in Hughson, Ca. She was 93.
Born in Hilts, Ca., a lumber community right on the Oregon border, to Clark and Marjorie Becker, Her fondest memories were found in family life and the people of this sparsely populated community. Eventually the family made their way to the Los Angeles, Ca. area where she attended Hollywood High School. She told stories of all the times she would sneak through a back door to the Hollywood Bowl and watch the rehearsals of any given orchestra. Music was her lifelong passion. Edith was a natural athlete, a fluid swimmer, a golfer and a dynamite bowler. She mastered needlework knitting socks and framing her stitcheries. But her most unusual and unique craft was paragraving, a high speed drill that would carve delicate designs and images on nearly all surfaces. Even emu eggs!
Edith married Nick Zissos and they made their way to Ridgecrest in 1950 with their 3 young children. She was a homemaker and her children all bragged on her cooking! Other opportunities came, the first of which was bringing a product called "Tupperware" to the remote valley. It was unimaginable when Edith threw into the air a container of tomato juice and when it hit the floor did not splatter. It became a big seller. She later worked as a bookkeeper until she accepted a position at Naval Weapons Center where she would later retire.
Edith is survived by her three children, Steve and Diana Zissos of Florence, AZ, Ted Zissos of Ridgecrest, Susan and Texas State Representative Dan Flynn of Van, TX, grandchildren Butch and Dr. Hope Wildenburg Zissos (Lauren, Landen, Kellan), Chad Zissos of Ridgecrest, Nicole Baird (Kyla and Makaylynn), sister Mary Lauricella of Ridgecrest, nieces Sandi and Steve Good of Ridgecrest and Linda and Paul Henderson of Placencia, CA, nephew Mark Lauricella of Bend, OR.