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Virginia  M.  Olmstead
  • Calvary Baptist Church
    1625 Capital Ave. NE
    Battle Creek , MI 49017

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“I had never met Virginia or Wayne, but I knew their sons. I worked with Mitch and Drake at Kellogg's in the engineering department. Those fellas...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Nic Hirzel - Augusta, MI - Friend

“I was a cashier at a local grocery store Felpausch in Pennfield. Your mom would. One in to get her weekly groceries. Such a dear sweet lady. When I...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Cheryl Bard - East Leroy, MI

“You wrote a wonderful tribute for your Mom. You described her just as I remember her. Always cheerful, always kind and thoughtful,. Ginny was ready...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Mary Sine - Battle Creek, MI

“Virginia was a pleasure to do home health care for. She was such a caring, always happy person, & many good times with her. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Terri Iseminger - Battle Creek, MI

“We were neighbors for nearly 40 years in the Battle Creek area. More than that, we were like extended family. We had many adventures together with...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Carol Walker - Haines City, FL

“What a lovely lady. Enjoyed our time working together at Pennfield Jr. High Library. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Barbara LaCourt - Eau Claire, MI

“So thankful to share in this beautiful woman's life. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Jan Olmstead - Battle Creek, MI

“Virginia was one of the sweetest ladies I have the privilege to know. I have NEVER heard an unkind word from her. Always happy and content with her...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Elsie Peterson - Battle Creek, MI


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Virginia Martha Olmstead, 91 years of age, entered the presence of her Savior on August 27, 2021. Virginia was the youngest of seven children born to Julius and Elsie Carlson on October 19, 1929. She considered the Christian heritage of her parents and grandparents to be a true privilege.

Born and raised in Bellevue, Virginia met the love of her life, Albert Wayne Olmstead at a local ball game. They were married in 1950. The Lord blessed Mom and Dad Olmstead with three children, Drake (Jan) Olmstead, Tamara (Bob) Bosserd, and Mitch (Dena) Olmstead, all currently residing in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area.

Mom and Dad treasured the family the Lord had given them, and each member that was added to the family felt that love. After Dad's passing in 2009, Mom's six grandchildren, Nicholas (Marie) Olmstead, Laura (Austin) Holland, Holly (Edgar) Wharton, Nathaniel (Christina) Bosserd, Jonathan (Holly) Bosserd and Hannah (Adam) Murray, gave Mom the opportunity to expand her family circle even wider to include Amelia, Wyatt, ArborLynn, Elijah, Ezra, Ezekiel, Eden, Noah, Henry, Lila, Caroline, Alexander, Betty and Daniel, with another precious little one due to arrive this year.

Mom enjoyed the outdoors all her life. Nature and all its beauty was a constant source of pleasure to her, and she loved sharing outdoor activities with her family, camping and boating in Michigan's lakes, parks and woods. The natural beauty all around her was simply another opportunity to praise her Lord for His creation.

Mom had a great love for people. Everyone she met was someone with whom she shared a smile and a kind word, encouraging each one as best she could.
How do you sum up a life in a few words? In Virginia's case it can be condensed into her three loves:

Her Lord Jesus

Her family and

The people God sent her way

Visitation will be Monday, August 30, 2021 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek, MI at 12:00 p.m., immediately followed by a memorial service in celebration of Virginia's life at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Steven Zantjer, Green Meadow Bible Baptist Church-Kalamazoo, officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue, MI after the service.

Memorial donations in Virginia's honor may be made to her home church – Calvary Baptist Church, Battle Creek, MI. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.