November 20, 2019

Edwina L. Abbott

Died Oct. 26, 2019


Edwina Lee Abbott, 79, of Big Rapids passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.

She was born Jan. 15, 1940, in West Branch, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Adams) Carscallen. As a freshman in high school, Edwina met a sophomore named Merle Abbott. They became high school sweethearts, and were married on Feb. 27, 1960.

In 1970, the Abbotts moved to Big Rapids. For many years, Edwina worked in the bookkeeping offices at the Big Rapids Community (later Mecosta County General) Hospital. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Big Rapids, and a longtime volunteer for Project Starburst. Edwina enjoyed camping and vacationing with family at the cabin.

Surviving are her husband, Merle; their children, Jeff (Yuko) Abbott, Melinda (John) Sims and Robert Abbott; her sister, Carolyn Doyle; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Edwina was preceded in death by her daughter, Michelle; brother, Dick Carscallen; and sister, Donna McKenney.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Burial was in the Logan Cemetery in Ogemaw County. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Big Rapids. Share a memory or express condolences at


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