Edward Howard ‘Ed’ and Maribel Jansen Lyman

Edward Howard ‘Ed’ and Maribel Jansen LymanEdward Howard “Ed” Lyman and Maribel Jansen Lyman passed away two days apart, surrounded by their family, on Sept. 27 and 29, 2017. They had been married for 67 years.

A family memorial will be held in the spring.

Ed was born in Pelham, Mass., on January 15, 1931, to Brainard and Dorothy Lyman.

He attended Amherst High School, playing on the varsity football team. Living on a poultry and egg farm with an apple orchard in South Amherst, Massachusetts provided Ed with lots of chores to do. He also spent time working in tobacco sheds.

In 1949 he married Maribel Jansen. Maribel was born in Northampton, Mass., on Nov. 4, 1933, to Wesley and Esther Jansen.

Ed and Maribel had three children before moving across the country in 1956 to Banning, Calif. Ed went to work for Southern California Electric as a lineman, while Maribel furnished their new home and cared for the children. After their fourth child was born in 1960, they moved to the electrical substation just east of Inyokern. After living in Inyokern, they bought property between there and Ridgecrest where they settled in with family, horses, dogs and geese. Ed retired in 1989 from Southern California Edison.

Ed was always busy with his hands, whether building garages, porches, horse shelters, or treehouses; maintaining his cars; or keeping up with the watering system on their property. He belonged to a clock club (and accumulated and tinkered with many old clocks), the National Rifle Association, and Grace and Our Savior’s Lutheran churches.

Maribel loved collectibles and was always searching for her next “find.” She worked several summers as the wading pool supervisor at Inyokern Park. She was an avid reader and card player, playing many a game of bunko, canasta, pinochle, 500, etc. with her cardplaying friends. Maribel also belonged to Grace and Our Savior’s Lutheran churches. When they couldn’t get out on Sunday mornings due to health reasons, they would stay home and listen to their favorite TV pastors.

Together, they loved to travel and logged thousands of miles with their fifth wheel from Alaska to Florida to Newfoundland and everywhere in between. They never met a stranger, making many long-lasting friends along the way. After selling their fifth wheel, they continued weekly jaunts to Kernville, Lancaster, Bishop or Rock Creek, seeking out their special lunch or dessert spots. Pismo Beach was one of their favorite destinations to watch the sunsets, whales, otters and people. They started out every day with a rousing game of cribbage, a cup of coffee and a Little Debbie’s Donut.

Family was always foremost in their minds, with many trips to Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Northern California and even Torrejon, Spain, for visits with their children and grandchildren.

They are survived and greatly loved and missed by their children Linda Glass (David) of Santa Rosa, Cheri Stensaas (Bryan) of Lancaster, Howard (Joni) of Grangeville, Idaho, and Laura Smith (Greg) of Mackay, Idaho; and 10 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Ohio, California and Uganda.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Ridgecrest Salvation Army or BIMI (Baptist International Missions Inc.), PO Box 9, Harrison, TN 37341.

— Submitted by the Lyman family

Story First Published: 2017-12-01