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Marie Therese Edwards

June 5, 1927 October 4, 2021
Marie Therese Edwards
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Obituary for Marie Therese Edwards

Marie Therese Edwards, 94, beloved wife of the late Goble “Eddie” Edwards, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 10:30am, within the main sanctuary at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton, Michigan. Visitation will begin at 10:00am. Please use the Grand River Avenue entrance to the church parking area due to construction on Rickett Road. The family asks that all guests kindly wear masks to the church.

Burial will be held privately next to her beloved husband, Goble “Eddie” Edwards at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi, Michigan.

How does a simple, small town, French Canadian Girl manage to change the world?
With her Caring, Motherly Love, as she undoubtedly changed mine, and all for the better.

Born in Blind River, Ontario, and the youngest of 17 children, (10 of whom managed to make it out of childhood), my Mother Marie, (“Therese” to her Family, “Terry” to her Friends), later, moved with her Parents to the Northern Ontario, Steel Town of Sault Ste Marie, where she piously grew, (as a Catholic), through late Teen hood, and where she met her eventual, American husband Goble (“Eddie”) Edwards, who was stationed there during WWll; my Dad having been part of the Military’s contingent protecting the “Soo Locks”.

Married at the tender age of 17, my Mother eventually left Canada, (and, sadly her Family), and settled in Detroit, Michigan, where she ‘Naturalized”, as an American Citizen, gaining initial, short term employment at a Cleaners, (”Robin- Hood”), before She, and my Father purchased the House I grew up in in Northwest, Detroit, (in the “Brightmoor” area).
Prior to their move, My Mom, (at Age 19) and Dad suffered the heartbreak of losing the only child they were able to conceive to a stillbirth, 7 1⁄2 months into her term. Had their Daughter lived, her name was to have been “Patricia”.
Having difficulty conceiving a second time, in April 1957, my Parents and I were blessed to be united, at my birth, as a Family; my Parents adopting their only child, “Jeffrey”, a Canadian newborn, with my Mother, having driven my Biological Mother to the Hospital when she went into labor; our collective lives, and world changing dramatically, for the better.

Her Husband being employed by Chrysler Corporation, for 29 1⁄2 years, my dedicated, new Mother, Marie, joyfully immersed herself in loving Motherhood, from that moment, forward, making the quality of my life, as a Child, Teen, and Adult, her top priority; my Mother, Marie, having been a Cub Scout “Den Mother”, along the way; the Creative side of my Mother emerging, as a result.
Having proudly beheld their only child’s growth, accomplishments, and schooling along the way, my Mom and Dad then provided for their Son’s college entry, my Mother’s world, (as well as mine), dramatically changing shortly, thereafter; Marie’s husband of 31 years sadly dying of Leukemia, at a time only 6 months shy of my Father, (and his Widow), qualifying for his “30 and Out” pension.
Faced with life, as a newly widowed, “without income”, single Parent of a first year, “live at home” college student, possessing no significant, personal finance or work experience, (my Dad having “handled the Checkbook”), my Mother, nonetheless, showed courage, true character, and the metal of her makeup, by securing a viable work position, with dignity, in Chrysler’s “Accounts Payable Dept.”, while her Son was able to continue his education, helping pay for college for his/my employment.

With her Son’s / my college goals crystallizing into a need to transfer to Michigan- State University, my Mother courageously and selflessly encouraged the only “Man in the House” to do so, leaving her now alone in a degenerating Detroit; my departure effectively signaling her ultimate living status: “Alone”.

Conscientiously approaching her job, my Mother was able to realize new joy and gratification in the graduation of her Son, from college, his marriage to “the Girl He Took To His High School Senior Prom”, (“Laura White Mathers”) his two, new Stepchildren, (“Justin and Samantha Mathers”), as well as the birth of her Son’s first biological child; her new Edwards “Grandchild”, “Kate” being as lovingly “Spoiled”, as her Son; my Mother, Marie, having moved to Novi, Mi, soon, thereafter.

Three years later, another Grandchild, this time a Boy, was born; her new Grandson, “Chase”, doubling her life’s happiness.
Upon her Retirement, from Chrysler, my Mother, Marie, subsequently moved to Howell, Michigan to happily live nearer her Son, and his Family, who now resided in Brighton, MI.; Marie’s, as well her Son’s Family’s life then shockingly taking a crushingly, tragic turn for the sudden loss of her Grandson, Chase, at Age 12 to undiagnosed Depression and Suicide.

Living likewise brokenhearted for her Family’s loss, My Mother, Marie, nonetheless was able to have her Spirits raised for her Grandchildren’s subsequent graduation from High School and College, Marie being able to find additional gratification in the path of their professional and personal Lives, realizing two Great Granddaughters, along the way in “Piper Chase Mathers”, and “Stevie Rose DuMoulin”.

All the while, my Mother, Marie, thoroughly enjoyed her Howell Home, relishing the close friendships she was able to establish with her wonderful Neighbors, while maintaining a frugal and watchful eye on the fruits of all of her hard work, with her priority always being to underwrite and insure the future of “Her Jeffrey” especially when the time came for him to live his life without her; the roots of her Depression life experiences running unnecessarily deep.

Ironically, as it would sadly turn out, her plan was a sound one, as my Mother passed away on a Monday, with her house selling the following morning; her “legacy” transferring to her Son as she idealized.

My Mother, Marie, having spent the last couple of years of her life courageously overcoming all of her physical burdens and life threatening maladies, despite all of the precautions and “safeguards” her family took to insure her well being, Marie was very unfairly stricken with Covid19 due to the inefficacy of the methods and systems employed by her “Care Givers”, and the inconsideration of others; Marie succumbing to her, illness, “Alone”, in the wee hours of October 4, 2021, at St Joseph Mercy Hospital - Oakland, in Pontiac, Mi.

Having been blessed that, during our final conversation that my Mother was able to hear her loving and heartbroken Son’s words herself and respond, as her Son, I take comfort in her knowing....
“That She / My Mom was the Best Thing that ever happened to Me; that all of the happiness that I’ve been able to realize in my life has been because of Her; my values, my Faith in God, my education, and the fruits of my career and labor, the avenue it provided me to marry the Woman of my Dreams, and the wonderful Children and Grandchildren and Family that it produced, would not have happened if not for Her”.

Thank You again Mom, from the bottom of my Broken Heart. I will miss and love you forever.
Till We Meet Again,
“Your Son, Jeff”

Loving mother of Jeff Edwards (Laura). Devoted grandmother of Justin Mathers (Angelle), Samantha DuMoulin (Dustin), Kate Edwards, and the late Chase Edwards. Proud great-grandmother of Piper Mathers and Stevie DuMoulin. Dear sister of the late Rose Isaacs, the late Edmund Nadon, the late Adelore Nadon, the late Armand “Patty” Nadon, the late Marie Gravelle, the late Cecille Beauchamp, the late Lucienne Rollin, the late Bertha Bouillon, and the late Albert Nadon.

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Service

Thursday

14

Oct

10:30 AM 10/14/2021 10:30:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church

711 Rickett Road
Brighton, MI 48116

The Funeral Mass will be held in the Chapel of the church. Visitation begins in the chapel at 10:00am.

St. Patrick Catholic Church
711 Rickett Road Brighton 48116 MI
United States
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