Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


Evelyn Cheryl Wright

October 21, 1946September 8, 2019

Evelyn Wright, age 72 of Holland, passed away on September 8, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. When Evelyn and her future husband Lyle went on their first date, there was a spark between them that neither could deny. Lyle acted on that spark and proposed marriage to Evelyn on that very first date. They would go on to share 53 years of marriage together. As a family, Evelyn and Lyle would take many trips, including camping with their young family, and later to the Bahamas, Key West, and to Hawaii as a belated honeymoon. She was a loyal University of Michigan fan, and could often be found cheering on her favorite wolverines when they played women’s softball and college football. She was on a bowling league for many years, and her skills took her to many tournaments, including to Indianapolis. Her family will cherish memories of Evelyn’s cooking, including her famous apple slice dessert. Above all, family was incredibly important to Evelyn, and she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who will be dearly missed. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Viva Atwood, brother Lewis Atwood Jr., and father-in-law John Wayne Lackey. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lyle Daughters: Sheri Wright, Tammy and Andrew Riksen, Lori and Robert Frost Grandchildren: Derek, Ashley, Jeremy, Michael, Emilee, and Kylie Great-grandchildren: Finn, Presley, Maddison, and Alexis Brothers and sisters: Eleanor and Wayne Wright, Donna Crane, and Frank and Deb Atwood. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 12:00pm, at Lakeshore Memorial Services in Holland. Celebrant Glenn Aittama will be officiating.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 14, 2019


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Jessica Gregg

September 14, 2019

Evelyn I got to know you over 8 years and it was amazing how you were as a mother and grandmother. Even though ways have parted you still remind in thoughts and prayers within my family. I’m glad to see you had such a fulfilled life with so many amazing memories. Rest In Peace dearest grandmother, mother, and wife. With much love Jessica

Sheri Wright

September 12, 2019

My mom was wonderful wife and mother to our family and friends. I'm so thankful to have had her teach me how to cook and to bake. Mom you will forever be missed please save me a seat up in Heaven.

Pauline Spencer

September 11, 2019

How do u share a memory??? When there are so many!!!! Oh, the fun times we use to have at work, from playing on the softball team, to dressing up at Halloween, to giving you the Dirt nickname, which later became Evadirt., You were the best darn cook I have ever met!!!! You had a heart as big as your smile!!! See ya again"Dirt", until then rest peacefully in heaven, I will forever miss ya!!

Saadi Gregg

September 11, 2019

The last 4 years I had grandma in my life was nothing short of a blessing. She welcomed Finn and I into the family and loved and treated us just the same as anyone else in the family. We will forever cherish the time and memories we have with her and grandpa. Every time spent together was filled with love and laughter. There was always more laughter if we were playing a card or board game. That's when her fiesty side would come out. We would all bust out laughing when she would say "it's your turn, what are you waiting for, Christmas?!"
She was everything a grandmother should be, and when Jeremy needed her, she was a mother too. She spoiled her great-grandchildren and her grandchildren. She was so selfless and always willing to help when she could. The last thing I said to her was "thank you for playing such a big role in making Jeremy who he is today" and in true grandma fashion she jokingly said "yeah, I guess he's ok" and we parted with a laugh. She said "I'll save you a place up there" and we take peace and comfort knowing that we absolutely will see her again someday, and I won't be surprised at all if she has a deck of cards ready to go.
Thank you for the love, thank you for being ever caring and compassionate. Thank you for your wisdom. Thank you for being so amazing to my family. We will forever love and cherish you Grandma. I'll see you again. 💜