Edna Nellie Shoobridge (Lucas), age 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 13, 2018 in Traverse City. Edna was born on May 22, 1924, in Highland Township to John and Hannah Lucas (Hesselink) and known as "babe" to her father, as she was the youngest of five children.
She grew up in a Dutch Community, on a generational farm. God was the center of their lives and she continued that focus throughout her life. Edna married Robert "Bob" Shoobridge on Feb. 26, 1946. Shortly after their marriage, Bob built their home near Lucas, where they raised their family until moving to Traverse City in 2011. They were married for 67 years until his death on July 3, 2013. She retired from the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in 1987.
Edna was known as a sweet and gentle person, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She had a sharp mind. She loved Scrabble and usually won. Edna also loved to write. At age 91, she wrote a book about her childhood farm. She was still using her computer into her later years. Most of all, Edna was a woman of great faith, and her prayers were continually lifting her family and others up.
"Well done good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:21
She will truly be missed by her four children, Norma (Bob) Bogard, Jim (Nedra) Shoobridge, Laurie (Georgio) Vozza and Audrey (Keven) Carroll; 10 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
In memory of Edna you may donate to Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607 or Rehoboth Reformed Church in Lucas, Mich. where she was involved most of her life.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain. You may share any of your memories of her online at www.burkholderfamilyfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to thank the staff at Bay Ridge Assisted Living for their loving care of our mother for the past 4 1/2 years.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published on January 17, 2018