Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — LAKE CITY — Janet Ruth (Smith) Edwards, of Lake City, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Belle Oakes Living Center on March 26, 2013, where she and her husband, Ernie, resided for the past three years after residing on Jennings Road for 57 years.
Janet was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Almont, to Elbert Hamlin and Janet Ruth (Thomson) Smith. She moved to Lake City in the eighth grade because they lost their home in a fire. Her mother accepted a position with the Merritt School System teaching physics and chemistry, and her father bought a farm on McGee Road in Lake City, thus starting their lives in Missaukee County.
Janet graduated from Lake City High School in 1947 and attended County Normal and then Central Michigan University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in early education.
She loved teaching school. She taught in Merritt, Falmouth and Lake City Schools. She taught a total of 34 years.
Janet married the love of her life, Ernest Burt Edwards, on June 15, 1949. They were married for 64 years and raised four daughters, Cindy Moore, of Cadillac, Abby (Donald) Jensen, of The Woodlands, Texas, Christine (James) Filak, of Cadillac, and Ann (Keith) VanderWal, of Cadillac.
Janet will be remembered most for her love of family, children, church and community. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and Women’s Association of Lake City, The American Legion Auxiliary, The Rebekahs and The Retired Teachers Association. Janet received the Guest Masonic Award for Community Service in 2000. Along with her husband, Ernie, they were named Lake City’s Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens of the Year in 1995. She was also awarded the Master Teacher Award in Lake City for 19 years of dedicated service to Lake City from 1967 to 1986, as well as the Lake City Kiwanis Club Award for service dedication in 1980.
Ernie and Janet owned and operated the Park View restaurant and Homemade Ice Cream Shop for several years where the Muskrat Lake Café is now located in Lake City.
Janet adored her grandchildren, Ryan (Erin) Moore, and great-grandchildren, Hayden, Camden and Natalie Moore, of Kalkaska, Chad (Traci McCallum) Moore and great-grandson, Liam Ernest, of Marquette, Abby Jo (Mike) Priehs and great-granddaughter, Mikaela Christine, of Bowling Green, Ohio, AnnaLisa (Matt) Blevins, of New York City, N.Y., Jon (Tera) VanderWal and great-granddaughter, Kendall Ann, of Marietta, Ohio, Jessica VanderWal (Eddie) Sparks, of Russell, Ky., great-grandson, Tyson Jon and great-granddaughter, Toryn Janae. Other surviving members of Janet’s family include brother, James (LinaVay) Smith, of Lake City; sister-in-law, Dora (David) Inman, of Lake City; sister-in-law, Bonnie (George) Stewart, of Manton; brothers-in-law, Jack Edwards, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Clare Edwards, of Bay City; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Janet in death was the love of her life, Ernest Burt Edwards on Feb. 21, 2013; her parents, Ruth and Bert Smith; in-laws, Mavis and R.E. Edwards; sister-in-law, Alice Edwards; and sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Clare Osterhout.
There will be a visitation for family and friends on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Young Funeral Home, located at 403 Pine Street in Lake City, MI. The memorial service with the Rev. Steve Boven officiating will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lake City, located at 148 S. Huron Street.
Cards or letters to family members may be sent to PO Box 747, Lake City, MI 49651.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Lake City Memorial Fund, in memory of Janet Edwards, c/o Jodi Vanderstow, Treasurer, 6375 W. Railroad St., Lake City, MI 49651 or Hospice of Michigan, 932 North Mitchell Street, Cadillac, MI 49651.
An online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered by visiting www.youngfuneral.com.