Shirley Jean (McInnis) Edwards, age 88, of Sheridan, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Spectrum Health, United Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Michigan, under hospice care following a long illness. She was born on December 30, 1931, in Reed City, Michigan, a daughter of James Kenneth and Golda Edith (Morris) McInnis, both of whom preceded her in death. She graduated from Reed City Schools and later exchanged vows with Kenneth Edwards on August 15, 1952, sharing 42 years of marriage with him prior to his death on December 3, 1994. While Shirley worked in several capacities over the years including school bus driving and at a bank, she was most proud to be a homemaker for her family. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, and crocheting as well as growing and tending her flowers. While Shirley enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with all of her relatives, she had a special place for her precious grandchildren and great grandchildren, of whom she thought so much and cared for so dearly.
Shirley leaves to cherish her memory her sons, James K. Edwards of Otsego, Michigan and Philip R. (Katherine) Edwards of Sheridan, Michigan; grandchildren, Matthew (Jenny) Edwards, Caitlin (Mike) Smith and Sarah (Chris) Jones, Chad Edwards and Darin (Cora) Edwards; great grandchildren, Hunter, Jeremy, Emma, Darin Jr., Alyssa, Olivia Logan and Aubrey; siblings, Roma Thompson of Caro, Michigan, Nancy Naylor of Sheridan, Michigan, Robert (Alberta) McInnis and Jerry (Mary) McInnis both of Reed City, Michigan and many nieces and nephews who have so many great memories of their fun at Shirley. In addition to her parents, and spouse, she was preceded in death by two brother-in-laws.
A memorial gathering to celebrate Shirley’s life is being planned for a later date which is not yet set, due to the gathering restrictions currently imposed by the corona virus outbreak. Interment will take place next to her husband, Kenneth at Evergreen Cemetery in Sheridan. Please stay in touch with a member of the family and / or check our website weekly for updates on when services will be held. Those wishing to express sympathy are welcomed to consider a memorial contribution in Shirley’s memory to Montcalm County Commission on Aging, 613 N. State Street, #9702, Stanton, Michigan 48888, or Spectrum Health Hospice, 750 Fuller Avenue, NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503. For additional information, please contact Verdun Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Belding at (616) 794-1300, who is honored to be caring for the arrangements.