OBITUARY

Clara M Edwards

September 21, 1923January 7, 2014

Born in New Orleans on September 21, 1923, she grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. The daughter of the late Caesare and Mary Laverne Maestri, she was the youngest of five children. She was preceded in death siblings Melia, Natale, Laverne and Mildred Clara graduated from Baton Rouge High School and attended Louisiana State University during World War II where she met Don and they were married on August 16, 1947. Clara was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Athens, a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and a member of PEO. Clara was a very private person with a big warm heart and her family came first. She was heavily involved in numerous charities. She enjoyed cooking big meals and hosting dinner parties. She collected Lladro’s, Waterford Crystal and silver mini spoons. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, James Don Edwards; son Jim and wife Shelley, and four granddaughters, Chelsea, Hannah, Kate and Ashley. Visitation will be Saturday January 11, 2014 beginning at 1:00 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church Athens. The service will follow at 2:00 in the sanctuary. A private burial will be held at Oconee Hills Cemetery. All services will be officiated by Rev. Paul Baxley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests the memorial contributions be made in Clara Edwards’ name to the Caesare and Mary Laverne Maestri Scholarship Fund at the University of Georgia, which provides scholarships for students in the Terry College of Business, to the First Baptist Church of Athens Children’s Playground Fund, or to the East Lake Foundation, 2575 Alston Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30317. Online condolences may be made at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com. Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2014
  • Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2014
REMEMBERING

Clara M Edwards

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January 15, 2014

Don and Jim,
We are saddened by your loss. As you are well aware Clara's spirit continues in our hearts and minds. God's grace is sufficient at all times for all challenges. May He bless you, Shelly, and the young women of your family in s special way.

Huey and Marie Long

Donna Trieschmann

January 13, 2014

Dear Don and Jim,
We were so sorry to hear of Clara's passing. You know how much she meant to us! What a generous and loving woman!
We wish we could visit with you in person. Know that we share your sorrow. Love, Donna and Jim Trieschmann

Donna Tregde

January 12, 2014

Dear Don and Jim,
I learned of Clara's passing today when my father e-mailed to let me know. We are grieving with you as you mourn the loss of your precious wife and mother. Praying for God's peace and comfort that we know only he can provide at this time. May you know and feel His love in a real way today.

Paulette Webb Bateman

January 12, 2014

Jim, I am so sorry about your mom. She was always so sweet and nice when she would come into the office while I was there. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

January 12, 2014

Don and family, I am very sorry to learn of Clara's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. I hope and pray for the good Lord's piece and comfort for you in the days ahead. I have informed my daughter, Donna, and my son, Bill, of this sad event and sent them the obituary web link.
Don Schneider

Billie Baird

January 12, 2014

Don, I will miss seeing her smiling face here at Highland Hills. Thinking of you and your family during this time.

Paul Pacter

January 11, 2014

Dear Don, It seems like almost yesterday that Clara and you opened your home (and your hearts) to me and my fellow doctoral students at MSU -- fifty years ago! And you have been wonderful friends ever since. Clara was such a lovely, giving person. I hope that the memories that you have of your 66 years of marriage will provide you some comfort in this sad time.

January 11, 2014

Uncle Don and Jim, Jerry and I are sorry that we were not able to attend the services for Aunt Clara. She was a wonderful lady with a heart of gold. We feel certain that you now have your very own angel to guide you. Our prayers are for you all at this time. Frances Dee and Jerry Tarantino

Pat and Carolyn McKeown

January 11, 2014

Don,
We have just learned of Clara's death and to express our deepest sympathies to you at this time. Unfortunately, we will miss her service but our thoughts and pryers will be with you during this difficult time. We have many wonderful memories of the two of you. You were great neighbors and a colleague.
Pat and Carolyn McKeown

Shari McElroy-Sinclair

January 11, 2014

Dr. Edwards, Jim, Shelley and girls,

So very sorry to hear of Mrs. Edward's passing. She was such a sweet lady and always so very pleasant to me, when she came into the office. I always think of her on her birthday - as you might recall, she and my Ron's birthday was on the same day.

Thinking of you and wishing you healing and comfort during this very difficult time.

Fondly,

Shari McElroy-Sinclair