Edith Schaeffer, 98, evangelical author

Mrs. Schaeffer became a missionary in Switzerland.

Schaeffer Family

Mrs. Schaeffer became a missionary in Switzerland.

NEW YORK — Edith Schaeffer — an evangelical author who cofounded the L’Abri Christian centers with her late husband, Francis — has died ­after a long illness. She was 98.

She died Saturday at home in Switzerland.


Edith Seville was born in China, the daughter of Christian missionaries.

She and Francis Schaeffer met in college in Pennsylvania, married in 1935, and became missionaries to Switzerland, where they opened their home to hundreds of young Christians in what would become the L’Abri ministry.

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