Edith Windsor

  • Born: June 20, 1929
  • Died: September 12, 2017
  • Location: New York City, New York


Same-sex marriage pioneer...

Edith Windsor, the woman who brought groundbreaking same-sex marriage case to the Supreme Court, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in New York, according to The Associated Press. She was 88. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

We loved you. May you and Thea be dancing forever. Thank you for fighting and winning. Love is sent to the family. And may you travel freely together. We I thank you

Posted by Jen Gasser - Phoenix, AZ   March 05, 2018


Thank you Edie, for all you've done to advance equality for all.
Chris Watenpool and Kate Cervone.

Posted by Chris Watenpool - Harlingen, TX   January 01, 2018

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss. I hope you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   October 09, 2017


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   October 02, 2017

An important pioneer figure in our history.
Thank you Edith for all you have done.

Posted by Rosita Herran - Manhattan, NY   September 27, 2017


Posted by R D - SC   September 19, 2017

An icon and heroine who will live on in the hearts of every single lesbian woman and gay man who could only dream of wedding their heart of hearts and love of their lives...until Edie's courage and spunk opened the door for us all! There are no words sufficient enough to express our gratitude. Thank you, Edie. May you and Thea be dancing in the grand ballroom of heaven!!!

Posted by Christine Bartholomew - Phoenix, AZ   September 18, 2017

Everyone was made to feel special, a hug, kiss, or touch. Amazing woman forever to be respected and missed.

Posted by Donna & Maria - Center moriches, NY   September 18, 2017

Thank you for paving the way. Your strength and fortitude did what most only dream of doing.
You did it.
Now you'll be with your love again, I chose to believe that.
Hopefully some day, I'll be with mine...

Posted by JLS W - New york, NY   September 17, 2017

God Bless you Edie.......... Thank you for all your hard work and determination.Your my forever HEROINE!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish i could could have met you.You ROCKED until the end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sue Need - San Clemente Ca 92672, CA   September 17, 2017

Truly sorry to hear about Edith Windsor's passing. Her fine legacy will surely be remembered. May she forever live in our hearts and in God's book of life.

Posted by A friend   September 17, 2017



Posted by celeste - PA   September 16, 2017

Rest In peace you beautiful lady. Your courage changed my life and touched my heart. Deepest sympathy to Judith.

Posted by Shnnon Warren-Wolfe - Santa Rosa Beach, FL   September 16, 2017

The news of Edies passing hurt our heart however the memory of the warmth of her hugs, the meals she shared with us, the Shabbat service shared at Rosh Hashanah on board ship are such special memories. She made a permanent mark in our hearts and the opportunity to see her again taken now..she will live on in our hearts. Thank you for your gift of time with us. Cynthia and Patti

Posted by Cynthia Caldwell - Calgary, AB   September 15, 2017

I never thought I would have the opportunity to Legally marry the one I love. Without Edie's tireless activism and willingness to put herself in the public eye, we would have waited much longer. Rest in power, Edie your work is done.

Posted by Kate Davis - Brentwood, MD   September 15, 2017

Rest well warrior.
Your battle is won!
Others will defend what you accomplished!

Posted by Sean B. - East Meadow, NY   September 15, 2017


Rest In Peace Edie! Thank you for everything. Love and prayers to the family.

Posted by Q'nie Mendes - Ny, NY   September 15, 2017

Edie, I am so very proud to have followed you when you were on this earth. Our fight for equality, lead by you was an astounding win for all. Rest in Peace in Gods hands. Kim M. Williams-Young

Posted by Williams~Young Kim - Imperial, MO   September 15, 2017

The entire LBGT community has lost one it's role models. Those of us who had the opportunity to meet you and talk with you will never forget your energy and your fantastic sense of humor. Eighty eight years was simply not long enough to have you with us. You and Robbie changed the nation which impacted the world, by simply standing up for what you knew was right. You would be humbled by the outpouring of tributes to you. You will always be one of my heroes.

Posted by John M. Davis - New York, NY - acquaintance   September 15, 2017

May Edie and Thea enjoy their lives together finally in eternity as they did while living on earth. I picture them dancing to the music! May they both RIP and be forever together and in love.

Posted by Nancy Cory - Dunkirk, MD   September 14, 2017


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   September 14, 2017

I had the pleasure of meeting Edie and spend an hour in conversation after the case went to the supreme court but before the decision. She was smart, funny, determined and a delight. Thanks Edie, we are all indebted to you and love you.

Posted by P T - Greenport, NY   September 14, 2017

Edie, you are the true game changer. You exemplified the Philadelphia passionate, tenacious, unyielding heart by fighting and upholding our Constitutional right...All Men and Women are created equal.

Edie and Thea. We love and honor you.

Posted by Lisa LaRose - New York, NY   September 14, 2017

Thank you for al you have done for us. May you Rest In Peace. Deepest condolences to the Windsor extended family of friends and loved ones.

Posted by Pateicia Sinatra - San Francisco, CA   September 14, 2017

Thank you Edie, for standing up for all of us. Your work will live on through all the wedding and marriages you helped facilitate in your own way. My deepest sympathies to Judith and your families.

Posted by Sarah Berg - Milwaukee, WI   September 14, 2017

A true American hero. Rest in piece Edie. Thank you.

Posted by Jane KRamer - Scarsdale, NY   September 14, 2017


Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   September 14, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort hear your cry and rescue you with comfort and peace. (Psalms145:18,19)

Posted by L W - Atlanta, GA   September 14, 2017

Thank you Edie, you made it possible for me to marry my husband, you gave me the choice to move to the USA. We must never forget you or the bravery and commitment you showed to get justice not only for yourself, but our whole community.

Posted by Murray Cooper-Melchiors - Evansville, IN   September 14, 2017


The only comforting thing about your passing is you are now with your true loving angel,Thea.
Dancing into infinity together !

Posted by Rita O'Connor - Kingston, NY   September 13, 2017


It is hard to believe but Edie was so much more than a same sex marriage groundbreaker. She was an incredible care taker of Thea Spyer. Loving and caring, warm and fun person. Smart as a whip, she was recognized for her contribution to IBM. She was given many honors, and had a huge number of personal friends. A very special human being who grabbed life and lived it with enormous energy! You surely deserve your wings dear Edie.

Posted by Joan Caplan - New York, NY - friend   September 13, 2017

Rest in peace Edith Windsor, please give my regards to Thea, you will forever be our hero.

Posted by Lisa Polanco - New Windsor, NY   September 13, 2017


Condolences, thoughts & prayers go out to the family, friends & associates of the amazing Edith Windsor. She will be remembered and honored as a brave gay rights icon and hero. May she rest in eternal peace and may the perpetual light shine upon her.

Posted by Nancy Woodwell-Freedman - Sandy Hook, CT   September 13, 2017

My deepest sympathy to Judith and the many friends and family that Edie leaves behind. She was an inspiration to all and a woman with such abundant warmth and grace. I am so fortunate that I had the opportunity to meet her. May her legacy and memory by eternal.

Posted by Argery Giavasis - Bloomfield, NJ   September 13, 2017

Thank you,Edith and Thea, for your strength in the face of nothing but adversity.

Posted by Tracy Fortune - Orlando, FL   September 13, 2017

May you experience abundant love and joy in heaven and may God sustain your wife Judith in her grief.

Posted by Susan L - Chicago, IL   September 13, 2017

Thank you.

Posted by - KS   September 13, 2017

Farewell and rest in peace, Edie! We will miss you and never forget what you did for the LGBT community. I hope you are with Thea now. Love wins!!

Posted by Marcel van den Bosch - Akron (and vicinity), OH - friend   September 13, 2017

My sincere condolences go to the family of Edith Windsor. I'm sorry that you're suffering a loss. May you be comforted by your cherished memories and in drawing close to God.

Posted by S S - MD   September 13, 2017

If every country in the world had just one Edith Windsor, this planet would be a better place. Thank you for your courage and love that changed history, you will be dearly remembered.

Posted by Crol.hr - Zagreb   September 13, 2017

May the God of all comfort sustain your family during this challenging time.
Psalms 145:14,19

Posted by - FL   September 13, 2017

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Sue - LA   September 13, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - MD   September 13, 2017

My condolences to the family and friends. May God grant you peace to cope with your loss Phillipians 4:6,7.

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017

Happy trails to you Edith,
Thank you for taking a stand against hate to embrace LOVE...

Posted by Karen Wilson - Oakdale, CA   September 13, 2017

I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017

My hero

Posted by Anna Wilson - Belvidere, NJ - friend   September 13, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Edie. May God provide true comfort during this most challenging time. With Love & Prayers

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017



Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017

The swift do not always win the race, nor do the mighty win the battle, nor do the wise always have the food, nor do the intelligent always have the riches, nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events overtake them all.Ecclesiastes

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017

My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017

Sorry for your loss. May God sustain you at this time of great loss.

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017

May you who has given peace to so many now find your own. You leave a legacy of determination and belief in justice that will continue to shine light on even the darkest places in this country. Condolences to close family and friends.

Posted by Talia Shafir - New York, NY   September 12, 2017

Thank you for all you have done for our community. May you rest in peace. Our community is always be grateful for your long lasting impact!

Posted by John Bowman-Colin - Boston, MA   September 12, 2017

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2017

Edie - you fought for us all and won. We will forever be grateful. Rest In Peace and love. You are my hero!

Posted by M Greco - Seattle, WA   September 12, 2017

My sincere sympathy to the family. Please be comforted knowing GOD'S kingdom will bring peace. We pray for it. MATTHEW 6:10

Posted by Diane - Mebane,, NC   September 12, 2017

I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort give you peace and strength during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11.

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2017

Your love for Thea and your persistence in the struggle were noted by your sisters! Thank you ......Marietta Raneri, Johnstown,New York

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2017


Thank you for leading th fight. We won't let you and your hard work down. You will be sorely missed.

Posted by Scott Hwkins - Fairfield, CT   September 12, 2017

Thank you, Edith for giving us the right to live our lives to the fullest. Prayers and love to you.

Posted by Kathy Gabriele - Canton, PA   September 12, 2017

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