Edythe Kirchmaier
Paul Wellman (file)

Edythe Kirchmaier (pictured), beloved Direct Relief volunteer and likely the oldest Facebook user in the world, passed away Saturday surrounded by family. She was 107. Born in 1908 in Ohio, Kirchmaier was introduced to Direct Relief 40 years ago when she and her husband moved to Santa Barbara and responded to a newspaper ad looking for volunteers. In the decades since, she packed countless relief boxes for the Goleta-based organization, more recently writing thank-you letters to donors. “I think if we can just love one another, there will be less pain, less fighting, more harmony,” Direct Relief quoted her as saying. “I think we can win over all of our adversities with love.”


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