Mary Rose Richardson Edwards was born on January 8, 1926 in Prestwick, Alabama, to James Morgan Richardson (Jim) and Edna Powell Richardson. She was one of 8 children and the loss of her Mother at an early age meant that the close knit family bonded together to take care of one another while her Father provided for the family. Mary is the remaining member of her siblings who preceded her in death.
She was educated in Prestwick primary schools and graduated from Dunbar High School in Mobile, Alabama. She was a good student, full of life and curiosity who excelled in math. Growing up in the small community of Prestwick, Mary was friends with Robert Edwards whose family lived nearby. Ultimately, their friendship led to marriage and they began their lives together after Robert served in the Marines during WW II and was honorably discharged. Relocating to Prichard, Alabama, they proudly welcomed four children to their union: Robert James (1944), Ella Mae (1946), Herman Leslie (1948) and Averon Titus (1957). Their family values of hard work, honesty, and caring for each other were evident as they raised their children and provided superior family life and education for all. Mary was a superior cook and her recipes are closely followed by all who graced her table.
Mary and Robert both worked for Civil Service, Kelly Air Force Base, and were relocated to San Antonio, Texas in 1967. They embraced this relocation and became members of St. Paul United Methodist Church and active members of the community. Mary served with the United Methodist Women. Hymnals were donated to St. Paul on their behalf by their daughter and son-in-law, Ella and Walter McCoy (deceased).
Both Mary and Robert were avid Bid Whist, Dominoes, and Bridge players. Mary was a member of the Pacesetters Bridge Club and the Husband and Wives Bridge Club. As parents and grandparents, they often kept their grandchildren for a week of fun in San Antonio. They were there for whatever was needed whenever it was needed. As retirees, they traveled to the casino annually for fun times, played bridge, visited friends and relatives in Alabama, cared for a beautiful home and yard, and welcomed relatives on every holiday for good food, laughs, and love.
Mary was preceded in death by her son, Averon Titus; her granddaughter, Dearah Edwards; her parents, Jim and Edna Richardson and her siblings, James (Buddy), Edward, Janie, RJ, Lil Jim, Lucille and Rand.
Those who cherish her memories are: son, Robert James; daughter, Ella Brown McCoy; and son, Herman Leslie (Lynda). Grandchildren are: Kwame Brown (Nakeisha); Tanya Harris (Michael); Brian Edwards (Tuneka); Averon Edwards (Jennifer); Arielle Edwards; and Averianna Wade (Dejon).
Great Grandchildren are: Kwame, Jr., Kole, Jordan Brown; Adele and Elise Harris; Kayleigh Hutchinson, Sahira and Tsia Edwards; Ashton, Landon, Braxton, and Laney Edwards; and Dejon Wade, Jr.
Her nieces, nephews, and cousins hold a special place in her heart and affectionately called her Nannie. A host of family and friends will remember her fondly.
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