Cricket Aldrich

Obituary of Cricket Aldrich

Cricket Aldrich

Lansing, Michigan

Family loved. Life fulfilled. At age 82, our loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away just the way she wanted it, at home surrounded by family on February 9, 2020.  Ellen Esther Oliver was born at home on January 1, 1938 in Eaton Rapids to Harold and Fannie Lona Oliver…yes, very few people ever knew Cricket was actually Ellen – and you would get in trouble for calling her anything other than Cricket.  Upon her birth, her father said she was as little as a cricket – and the rest is history.

Cricket began volunteering and then working at Waverly Community Schools after her youngest child started school.  She retired after 28 years of service.

After surviving all of us, she is now survived by her husband of 58 years, Jimmie E. Aldrich; daughter and son in-law, Lona Jean Aldrich-Simmons and Joseph Simmons; son and daughter-in-law, Jason Lynn Aldrich and Tammy Bristol- Aldrich; daughter-in-law Dawn Aldrich-Harris and; 5 grandchildren, Jillian, Shane, Lucas, Destiny, and Riley; and 3 great-grandchildren, Lillian, Lona, and Samson; her sole remaining sibling/brother Merle, and other extended family members and friends.   

Cricket was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Lynn Aldrich; daughter, Janet Marie Aldrich; grandson, Zachary Marcel Bristol-Aldrich, as well as other loving family members.  She promised to slap them all for leaving her behind and then hug them when she made it to heaven.

We sometimes made her live through hell, but she now gets to smile upon us from heaven.  The cancer is now gone for good, and hopefully so is her fear of heights so she can look down and laugh. We will all see you soon!

Cricket was always adamant that she did not want any funeral or anyone fussing over her when she died – as difficult as it may be for us still living, we are honoring her request. In lieu of flowers and such, contributions may be made in her name (and you better not use Ellen) to Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Support at


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