Lois "Louie" Elaine Edwards

September 24, 1946June 1, 2021

Lois “Louie” Elaine Edwards, age 74 of Wayland, went to be with the Lord Monday, June 1, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents Willis and Grace Button; husband, Loren “Butch” Edwards; and brothers Bob Tolhurst and Fred Tolhurst. She is survived by her children James (Dawn) Edwards and Jodi Wilcox; grandchildren Jimmy Jack (Glenna) Edwards, Andrew (Yvonne) Pardee, Daniel (Jamie) Stanton, Jason (Marcia) Stanton; six great-grandchildren; partner, Jim Hilliker; sisters Mary (Gordie) Navis and Bonnie Brenner; brother, Ed (Charlene) Tolhhurst; several nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

Louie retired from Wayland Union High School as “Lunch Lady Louie” after 30 years of service. She made sure that no child went hungry and gave them a big smile with their food. She was also Mrs. Claus in the Christmas Parade for 25 years. Louie will be remembered for her love of cooking and singing. She sang in the church choir and loved singing with her family. Louie touched the lives of everyone she met. We would all call her if we needed advice. Whenever anyone came to Louie with a concern or needed counsel, she always did her best to give her undivided attention - never judging, always listening. Everybody who knew her knew that she always had a witty comment for every situation, but only a select few knew about her “naughty side." She will be greatly missed by her family, lifelong friends and the Wayland community.

A time to visit with family and friends will be held 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at the Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home, 312 N. Main Street, Wayland, MI, with a luncheon to follow at the United Church of Wayland, 411 E. Superior St. Wayland, MI. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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    Wednesday, June 9, 2021


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Becky Hubbert

June 11, 2021

She was such a special person to the kids at Wayland schools and to her fellow lunch ladies❤️

Nancy Johnson

June 5, 2021

I've only known Lou a few short years, but, from the first time I met her, I loved her. She was always smiling. I absolutely loved her unique laugh. Denny and I enjoyed our visits with her and Jim a few times in Florida as well as Jim's home in Diamondale. R.I.P. ❤

Barb Davis

June 4, 2021

There are so many fond memories of Louie, it is hard to pick one! She was such a good funny caring lady! She especially liked being around the campfire with the Davis’s...she always said she was adopted in, which she was with love by everyone! I’ll never forget one time her and Butchie came out to deer camp and the guys were inside the tent doing whatever, Louie immediately said I am going in there with them and in there she did go! Butchie stood by the fire (a man with not many words) and hollared “Make me Proud”. It was sooo funny!!! We truly loved her and she always was the highlight of get togethers when she was with us!!

Carmen (Glenn) DeGroot

June 3, 2021

Louie was such a good friend and we had the best of times hanging at Sandy’s house down the street. Her laughter was contagious ❣️ I loved the conversations and they will always be remembered. Hugs to your kids and prayers to all

Linda Holcomb

June 3, 2021

I have many fond memories of Louie. You could always hear her laughter when she was around. I am so going to miss her. You now all have a special angel looking down from up above!

Jan Laman

June 3, 2021

When Louie retired from WUS, my top four choir boys sang her a song on stage for a concert. She was such a good sport about it. The kids loved her!


June 3, 2021

Oh Giggles!! i am so gonna miss your laughter. and so much more,
You touched my heart with your exuberant personality.

Justin Burns

June 3, 2021

As a kid I always looked forward to the week in the summer that Andrew and I would get to go camping with Grandma Louie. She was so kind. Also when I didn’t have money in my lunch account at school she would tell me not to worry about it (sometimes tell me to grab more). She was a special lady.

Jean McDaniel(Seeley)

June 2, 2021

Went to school with Lois she was always so full of fun and laughter. One great person. She'll surely be missed