After a long period of multiple illnesses, Angie left this earth on Saturday, January 12, 2019, to be safe in the arms of Jesus. She found much comfort in the Bible verse, John 3:16. Angie became a Certified Medical Assistant, and worked in the process of certifying physicians for Metropolitan Hospital and Priority Health System. No matter what, Angie worked hard in school and in her career, excelling in all that she put her energy into.
Angie was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Cookie and Eloise Edwards, and an uncle, Mike Edwards, all of Ionia; her maternal grandparents, Richard and Gladys Bradley and an Uncle, Steve (Mary) Bradley of Lapeer. She was most affected by the loss of her sister, Heather Rae Edwards who died in infancy. Although they never knew each other, she always wondered how much alike they would be as they grew older. She was compassionate and always offered much comfort to her parents when Heather’s birthday approached each year.
She is survived by her parents, Ray and Kathy Edwards of Fenwick; a brother, Eric (Tonya) Edwards of Fenwick; four aunts, Mary B., Kathy S., Joan P., Mary H and Dawn B. Of her many life accomplishments, she was most proud of being and aunt to 2 amazing nieces and a nephew, Breann Edwards and Brittney Edwards both studying at U of M and Bradin Edwards at Central Montcalm High School, and several caring cousins. Her biggest disappointment was the physical limitations placed on her that kept her from knowing them better and plans to change that in her new happier home.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Sheila Gendich, a hospice physician who kept her promise of keeping her comfortable. Also, the staff in all departments of Laurels of Carson City who provided her so much love, compassionate care and advocating for her along the way as her journey came to an end. The nurses personal care and personal touches like stroking her hair and spending time on the bed with her when she needed someone to be close to calm and comfort her. They attended to her whims when she wanted iced tea or pickles and made sure that Christmas in the nursing home came with many gifts from them and Santa. A family that we are mentioning last but is first in our hearts is the Peter and Amanda Dykstra family of Ionia. Amanda started out simply providing light housekeeping assistance and quickly advanced to a best friend and comfort provider, both physical and emotional to Angela. Peter would even step in and assist with a lift-assist at all hours of the night when needed and their children provided unconditional companionship and love. Their presence and kindness shall never be forgotten.
It has been a long journey but in many ways for Angie, a whole new journey has just begun, free of pain and filled with joy. There are so many positive thoughts and people to thank we could continue on, but just ask you to keep Angie in your thoughts and prayers.
Angela requested a simple graveside service with family and friends, which will take place at Orleans Township Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. January 17, with Pastor Ken Harger officiating, where she will be buried near her sister and grandparents.