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Ophelia (Edwards) Colombel, age 69, of Paw Paw, Michigan, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by the love of her family on Thursday, February 18, 2021. She was born July 16, 1951, to the late Robert and Mary (Marshall) Edwards.

Ophelia graduated from Central High School in Grand Rapids. She attended Western Michigan University in the early 1970’s where she met and married Philip Colombel Jr. in 1976 and had two children. Ophelia worked at Knouse Foods in Paw Paw where she retired in 2018 after 30 plus years. She loved grilling, singing, writing, fishing, gardening, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends. Ophelia was a loving and caring person she loved to tell stories about her childhood when she was with family, and would give you the shirt off her back.

Survivors include her two children, Philip (Angelica) Colombel III and Dawn (Dennis) Colombel-Brown; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Robbie Jean Wilson and Robert (Carolyn) Edwards Jr.; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and two special friends, Annette Radden and Luanne Degraaf.

Ophelia was preceded in death by her parents; brother, A.C. Marshall; and sister, JoAnn Edwards.

Per her wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be celebrated on Friday, March 5, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Freshwater Church, 600 E. Michigan Ave. Paw Paw, Michigan, followed by a luncheon. Please enter at entrance A for her services and masks are required.

Ophelia’s family would like to extend special thank you to all her friends and family who showed their love, support, and brought food during her time of illness. A special thank you to the staff at Hospice of Southwest Michigan for their help and care throughout this difficult time.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ophelia’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.

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10 Comments

  1. Bill Jensen on February 25, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Super, super nice lady. I was blessed to work with Ophelia for over 15 years. Will miss her. Heaven just recieved an angel for sure.



  2. Sally Middleton on February 25, 2021 at 11:51 am

    God bless her. She was a wonderful person and a joy to work with. She will be very missed. I love you Ophelia.



  3. Martina Cruz on February 25, 2021 at 11:56 am

    My heart is broken, Ophelia you were a wonderful friend. You helped me in so many ways that I can’t even begin to say how greatful it was working with you and being your friend. You always had my back. You were like a 2nd mother to me. I will always remember the good times we had, all the wonderful advice that you gave me. I will never forget you and you will always have a special place in my heart. I love you always and forever.



  4. Sandra Williams on February 25, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    My childhood sisterfriend we did everything together in fact we were inseparable as kids I am so glad that we got a chance to reminisce about our childhood you were amazed at the things I remembered but most of all I so glad I got a chance to tell you that I loved you. May you RIP until we meet again because I know we will. My condolences to the family she was a beautiful person with a beautiful voice to match



  5. Janetkindel57@gmail.com on February 25, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    My sweet Ophelia, I will always hold you close in my heart, and thoughts. You were my best and longest friend. The memories of dancing on the corner, cooking out and your awesome songs will always be in my memories. I miss you baby girl. Bye just for now. JJ



  6. Janetkindel on February 25, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    My sweet Ophelia, I will always hold you close in my heart, and thoughts. You were my best and longest friend. The memories of dancing on the corner, cooking out and your awesome songs will always be in my memories. I miss you baby girl. Bye just for now. JJ



  7. Maria linares on February 25, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    I did not get to know you until late in your career at knouse foods. You were always smiling and such a pleasure to work with. Heaven gained an angel and you would be dearly missed.



  8. Delores McKinney Deen on February 25, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    I have fond memories of my childhood friend and roommate for a year at Western Michigan University. It was wonderful to reconnect recently and share memories and a meal at my home in Grand Rapids. Our career paths took us to different parts of the State and the US. I remember Ophelia and the Edwards family as a wonderful source of fun and fellowship as we grew up on the West Side. My condolences to the family.



  9. Scott Mayfield on February 25, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    I was so young when I met you. You always had a smile that would lift the world. You had many nice things to say to me. You were a great mother like figure to me. Gonna miss that great smile. Love you from below. 🙏❤❤❤



  10. Jermichael Pratt on February 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Known you since I was a teenager and as far as we were concerned you was family. Awesome lady you spoke your mind and it gave me joy this past year to see you laugh at some of my shenanigans on social media. May you rest in heaven!



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