A courageous and dedicated woman by the standards of any period, Eda Blankart Funston (1877-1932) was a particularly remarkable figure in her day. The wife of General Frederick Funston, Eda stood by her husband’s side throughout his illustrious military career while establishing a strong reputation of her own. In addition to raising three children, Eda played an instrumental role in the relief efforts following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Born in Ohio, Eda Blankart Funston moved to California with her family as a child. Her German-born parents, Otto and Teresa Blankart, were both musicians and music teachers; the Blankart home in San Francisco was a center for musical affairs. Otto Blankart organized the city’s first string quartet and Eda followed in his footsteps to pursue a career in music. She was described as "a woman of marked beauty, great strength of character and a high degree of culture as a musician."