Edna Nellie Shoobridge

Edna Nellie Shoobridge (Lucas) age 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 13, 2018 in Traverse City, Mi. Edna was born on May 22, 1924, in Highland Township to John and Hannah Lucas (Hesselink). 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 February 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 & 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 (Giorgio) 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 Mi. where she was involved most of her life. You may share any of your memories of her online at
The family would like to thank the staff at Bay Ridge Assisted Living for their loving care of our Mother for the past 4 ½ years.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Christian, Jackie, Micaley, and Christian "Bobby"

Grandma, We have so many fun memories of spending time with you and grandpa over the years! You were both such amazing grandparents! We can’t imagine anything could have been better. You showed us so much love and taught us the true meaning of life: a life with God. Thank you for teaching us how to take care of a home inside and out. Thank you for sharing with us your love of games. Thank you for supporting us in so many ways and being there for us! Thank you for being wonderful grandparents to our spouses as well. You loved them like your own. Thank you for being amazing great grandparents to our two kids: Micaley and Christian “Bobby”. We will miss you a ton but know that we will see you and grandpa again very soon. We love you so much and just thank you for being you!

Kris Stanhope

I often think of the many many good times I had at the Shoobridge home! Bob and Edna were like second parents to me. I remember the wonderful Sunday dinners... the picnics they took us on to the 'beaver damn' - the many times just hanging out at your house. I will always hold many fond memories - you will be missed.

Tyson, Amy, Rowan, and Adeline

Grandma was a wonderful Christian woman filled with compassion and God’s love. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. As children, the times spent with Grandma and Grandpa were the highlights of our summers. She taught us the importance of hard work as we’d help with chores around the house and to find time for fun as we’d laugh and play games together at night. She was an avid Scrabble player and always enjoyed a good game. Grandma provided a strong example of Christian living by attending church regularly, praying, holding devotions, and being involved in the church. We are so blessed that God gave us a Grandma so special. We love you and miss you!

Helen and Sam Hofman

I just heard of Edna's homegoing from my sister, Jean Taylor VanEngen. Thinking of Edna and Bob brought back many wonderful memories. They always made us feel so very loved when we were in Lucas on home leave from our work in Chiapas, Mexico. We recall lovely coffee times in their home where they shared wonderful desserts which Bob had baked. I recall their overnight in our home among the Tzeltal Indians in southern Mexico. We had a single bed in a tiny room by our back door for overnight guests, and if there were two people, we would set up a folding cot with an air mattress. When Edna saw that I was about to set up the cot, she looked at the single bed and said, "Bob and I will share the single bed, don't bother putting up a cot." That gave me a warm remembrance of the years that Sam and I had shared a single bed because it was the only one available with a mattress. Edna had a very special gift in her ability to write so very well, and we loved receiving her letters. We praise God for her loving and kind spirit, and our prayers are with you children and grandchildren. May the Holy Spirit comfort your hearts as I know you will miss her a lot. Helen (Taylor) and Sam Hofman

Doris Brumels

I have many warm memories of your parents, and the love they showed to so many in the area. Signs of their gifts are still evident in the church and beyond. Bruce and I always enjoyed visiting with them. They lived lives worth living. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Doris

Paul and Marilyn McIsaac

Sorry to hear of Aunt Edna's passing. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday...unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear. She's with Uncle Bob now. May she rest in peace.

Ron Hellenga

Such a loving and gracious lady. She and Bob were always so kind to us. True followers of Christ's teaching of love your neighbor. God's Peace, Ron

Karen Quist Donnelly

Today the Missaukee Sentinel arrived in my mailbox here in Holland. Memories of my Mom, Angeline Slachter Quist, and her many, many stories of one of the best friends of her life, Edna Lucas Shoobridge, flooded through me when I saw that your Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother has crossed over. With Mom, it was always Edna Lucas and Helena Bogard (I can't remember her maiden name)who came up over and over with her memories of some of the happiest times of her life. We have a couple pictures of them as teenagers that are adorable, big smiles, so much innocence and joy in being together. I hope to find them in one of the many boxes I still have to go through. Mom died on March 10, 2012. Mom was quite shy and felt inadequate socially. When she talked about her dear friends, Edna and Helena, her whole face lit up remembering how free she was to be herself with them. I am so grateful to your wonderful Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother for being one of the two best friends my Mom ever had. She valued my Mom for who she was and helped my Mom to blossom with fun and genuine love. What a priceless treasure indeed. My sincere sympathy to you all. Karen Quist Donnelly

Mary Bos Van Voorst

So sorry to hear about your mother. I have fond memories of her during our years in Lucas.

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