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Edna M. Land
Dec. 23, 1919 June 18, 2010
Edna Land passed away in her home on Friday, June 18. Land was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Dec. 23, 1919 to Gerrit and Jennie Helder. She served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, achieving the rank of Corporal. She was the third child in a family of 12 children. Land was a member of the Disciples of Christ for over 65 years, and a member of First Christian Church for the past several years. She was active in youth leadership roles at churches in Sunnyvale, Seattle, Wash., South Bend, Ind. and Lake Camanche.
Her passion was designing and sewing clothes with and for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She designed and made skating costumes in the 1970s and 1980s for her granddaughter and numerous other competition skaters in the Bay Area. She was the wardrobe mistress for a theatrical group at First Christian Church, South Bend, where her husband and children were actors. She organized and directed a children’s musical theater group at Raynor Park Christian and directed her grandchildren in numerous performances over the years. She sang in church choirs as well.
To her husband she was partner, lover and best friend. To her children, she was Mom, who could solve any problem, sooth any fear; be driver, baseball umpire, fix a torn piece of clothing or almost anything else that was broken. To her grandchildren, she was Grandma; and to her great grandchildren she was always Grandma II. None of them will ever forget her. She was a magical person to all of them.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, William; sons, Stephen (Marleen) of Seattle, Alan of  Oceanside and Richard Herrin (Rita) of San Jose; daughter, Laura Martinez (Raul) of Stockton; daughter-in-law, Nancy Land; granddaughters, Melissa Guevara (Richard), Teresa Ziakas (Perry), Lisa Simons, Dalora Olmedo, Katrina Martinez and Rauline Martinez; and great grandchildren, Sabrina Miller, Janessa Guevara, Tristyn Guevara, Noreen Pettit, Austin Ziakas, Aryana Ziakas, Erika Blanco and Joey Blanco and great great grandson, Chase Pettit, all of whom were the loves of her life. She is also survived by brothers, Carroll Helder and Roger Helder (Jean); and sisters, Joyce Frankowski and Barbara Flory (Robert). She was preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters and three of her children, Richard Michael (1948), William Jr. (1984) and Sharon Kay McDaniel (2005).
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23 at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock.  Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June. 24 at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, Calif.