Wilson's first wife, Ellen Axson, had died August 6, 1914, after 29 years of marriage. In March 1915, Wilson was introduced to Edith (whose first husband, Norman Galt, had died in 1908).
Following their March 1921 retirement from the White House, Edith took care of Woodrow (who suffered a stroke in 1919) until his death in February 1924. She lived another 37 years, attended President Kennedy's inauguration in 1961, and died later that year, specifically, on December 28, which would have been Woodrow's 105th birthday. The day she died, she was scheduled to be the guest of honor at the opening of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge near Washington.