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Jean Mary Edwards

May 23, 1932 ~ October 13, 2020 (age 88)

Obituary

Jean M. Edwards

May 23, 1932 – October 13, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce that Jean M. Edwards, aged 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at her home in Jacksonville, FL. She was born on May 23, 1932 in Dawson, GA to Lonnie and Meta Moore. She was married to Lonnie Eugene (Gene) Taylor from 1949 until his death in 1967 and then to Morgan Jackson (Jack) Edwards from 1980 until his death 2008.

She also was predeceased by her parents and three siblings (Evelyn Betts, Hill Moore, and Virginia Ashley), and brother-in-law Billy Taylor. She is survived by her sister Margaret Bailey (Fred), sister-in-law Evelyn Taylor, children Fred Taylor, Laurette Taylor, Mark Taylor (Marissa), Beth Waddell (Emery), and Marilyn Wiley (Steve), grandchildren Genevieve Anderson (Brent), Evan Taylor, Kelly Moore (Ben), Haley Letcher (Espy), and Spence Waddell, 6 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Jean was loving and kind, smart and funny, and at times as stubborn as a mule, which unfortunately she passed on to her children. After the death of her husband Gene, she had to raise and support three children as a single mom during a time when that wasn’t very common and there were few community resources to help. She didn’t blink an eye – just marched forward giving her kids the best life she could. She went to college for the first time at 36 and worked incredibly hard to earn her Elementary Education degree and two graduate degrees in Education. She had always wanted to be a teacher, but never thought she would have the chance to go to college. Completing her college degree while raising three kids took a great deal of tenacity and perseverance and made her so proud that she accomplished her dream. She spent many years as an elementary teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in the Duval County (FL) and Lee County (GA) school systems and loved nearly every minute of it! She loved to play bridge with her friends in Dawson and Jacksonville and to play all kinds of games with her sisters whenever they got together.  In 2012, she moved from Dawson to Jacksonville to be closer to her sons in her later years. Not surprisingly, she developed new friends and a new church family there when she was 80 years old.

We are thankful that Mom’s wish to be able to stay in her home until the end with her cat AJ was realized. We thank Sharon Bennett, who lived with and cared for her, and the aides from Cypress Village, especially Brittany, for making that possible. Mom, we love you to the stars and back and know that you are in the loving embrace of friends and family in Heaven – walking again with a skip in your step and probably organizing a game of bridge with old friends.

 

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