HARVEY, MI - Elvira E. Libby, 82, of Harvey, entered eternal life on Sunday afternoon, May 12, 2013 at the Norlite Nursing Center, where she had resided for over a year. Elvira was born July 25, 1930 in Marquette to Erick and Elsie (Larson) Wikstrom and was raised in Beaver Grove. She was a graduate of Graveraet High School in Marquette and soon after met Forrest Libby. On May 7, 1953 they were married. Forrest was in the service and the couple moved around to the various military bases where he was stationed, including Texas and Florida, before finally returning to the Upper Peninsula.
They resided in and around Marquette for several years before establishing their home in Harvey where they lived for close to forty years. In the early 1960's, the couple adopted the first of their two children, a daughter Lisa; and then a son, Jeff.
In her spare time, Elvira enjoyed crafts, such as knitting, and ceramics. She had a strong faith in the Lord and was an active member at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Harvey for over 40 years. Confined to a wheelchair as the result of a car accident in 1979 which left her paralyzed from the waist down, Elvira didn't slow down and continued to lead an active life, including keeping up on chores at home such as laundry and dishes.
Elvira E. Libby
Elvira enjoyed traveling, spending several winters in Florida and Arizona with Forrest, also enjoying time spent on a cruise to Puerto Rico. She was a strong women who never gave up, enduring many health issues and was a good wife and mother who will be greatly missed.
Elvira is survived by her husband of 60 years, Forrest Libby; her children, Lisa (Tom) Rensvold and Jeff (fiancee, Denise Simila) Libby; her grandchildren, Alyssa and Nicholas Carlson, and Evan Libby; one great-grandchild, Emily Rose Libby; her sisters, Betty Shaw and Nancy Burton; a brother, Erick Wikstrom; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Lawrence) Eastman and Rosemary (Jack) Channing; a brother-in-law, Kurt (Sue) Goodman.
In addition to her parents, Elvira was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Kantola; and bothers-in-law, James Shaw, and Fred Peterson.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Harvey, on Thursday, May 16, from 2:00 pm until the time of the memorial service at 3:00 pm. Rev. James Duehring, pastor, will officiate and inurnment will be made in the church's memorial garden.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the Norlite Nursing Center for all the love and support they showed Elvira and her family while she was a resident.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at swansonlunquistfuneralhome.com