Edith M. Erickson


(Jan. 11, 2006)

Memorial services will be conducted Friday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell for Edith M. Erickson, 87, who died Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Powell Nursing Home. Pastor Clyde Seifert and the Rev. Douglas Sunderland will officiate at services.

She was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Moore, Mont., daughter of Elmer and Stella (Manuel) Coffman. She married Clarence Erickson in Billings, Mont., on Nov. 23, 1948. A housewife and mother, she was a member of the Lutheran Church and active in the Order of Eastern Star. She was a Worthy Grand Matron of the OES in Montana and held many offices in her local chapters. At her death, she was Grand Representative for Indiana in Wyoming.

She was also a member of the Montana PTA, the Montana Democratic Women’s organization and a 1978 finalist for Montana “Mother of the Year.” Most of all, her greatest joy in life was her home and children.

Survivors include sons, Elmer (Jan) Whitcraft of Kalispell, Mont., Edward (Sheri) Whitcraft of Canon City, Colo., and Ron (Susen) Erickson of Powell; daughters Margaret Halbach (Mike) of Ootsburg, Wisc., Marilyn Prichard (Bill) of Columbia Falls, Mont., Lila King (Frank) of Monticello, Fla., and Loretta Lukkasson (Roger) of Yuma, Ariz.; brothers, Jim (Jackie) Coffman of Hobson, Mont., and Bill (Sharon) Coffman of Red Lodge, Mont.; sisters, Fern Campbell of Great Falls, Mont., June Legg of Great Falls and Joan (Ed) Bartlett of Great Falls; 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Frank Whitcraft; two brothers and a sister.

Cremation has taken place. A reception will follow services at the Hope Lutheran Church. Memorial donations to the Powell Valley Hospice would be appreciated by family.