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Edith White was born near Decorah, Iowa on March 20, 1855.  At age 4, Edith came across the plains with her family in an ox-drawn wagon.  Upon arriving in California, they settled in a mining camp in Nevada County.  After graduating from Mills College in Oakland in 1874, she studied art at the School of Design in San Francisco under Virgil Williams and later at the Art Students League in New York City.  In 1882 she established her first studio in Los Angeles and after 1892, lived in Pasadena with a studio in the Green Hotel.  As a member of the Theosophical Society, in 1902 she moved south to Point Loma and taught art at the Raja Yoga Academy.  By 1930 she had returned to Northern California and established a home in Berkeley.  She continued to teach and paint well into her old age.  Edith specialized in floral still lifes, portraits, landscapes with flowers and missions.  She died in Berkeley on January 19, 1946.