Elva Carolyn Johnson Edstrom-Lamb

Elva Carolyn Johnson Edstrom-Lamb
Elva Carolyn Johnson Edstrom-Lamb

LEROY — Elva Carolyn Johnson Edstrom-Lamb, 96, passed away on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at her home in LeRoy.

She was born on July 4, 1919, in Rose Lake Township, to Frank W. Johnson and Ruth I. Ladd-Johnson. She attended LeRoy Agricultural School, graduating in 1938, and attended Ferris Institute, which later became Ferris State University.

She was married to Karl G. Edstrom in May 1942, in Newport News, Va. She was a mother to four children, Carolyn L. Griegel, David Karl (Linda) Edstrom, Nancy S. (James) Crawford and JoEllen (Del) Ekins.

Elva worked for Herbert Cole, the Register of Deeds for Osceola County. After taking time to raise her four children, she was hired by Clara Remus, the Register of Deeds in Osceola County at the time, and she continued working at the job she loved, serving six terms and finally retiring in 1990 after 28 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Alice (Fay) Nielsen; her brother, Arvid L. (Laura June) Johnson; and her husband, Karl G. Edstrom, who passed away in 1982.

She was married to Murl L. Lamb, in October 1994. They spent their winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas for 15 years. He preceded her in death in 2009. Her stepson, Ernest L. (Shirley) Lamb, preceded her in death in 2013.

Her four children survive, along with a step-daughter; seven grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; 16 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. She loved God, her family and her country. Elva had many friends and loved the people that she met through her many years working in the office of the Osceola County Register of Deeds.

She was a longtime member of the LeRoy Evangelical Covenant Church, the LeRoy Historical Society and a member and past regent of the Marie Therese Cadillac Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her Revolutionary War ancestor Nehemiah Woodward, a Baptist chaplain, served in the Continental Army.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in LeRoy, with the Rev. James Johnson officiating. Visitation with the family will take place during the hour prior to the start of services. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in LeRoy.

This was one her favorite quotes she memorized after her 90th birthday:

"When time that steals your years away, steals your pleasures too, the memories of the past still stay and half your joys renew."

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Elva’s name can be made to the Covenant House of Michigan or to Spectrum Health Rehab and Nursing Facility of Reed City.