Hundreds pay their final respects to Ronnie Edwards
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of mourners turned out at the Living Faith Christian Center Friday afternoon to say their final goodbyes to State Representative Ronnie Edwards, who lost her two year battle with pancreatic cancer last week.
She served as a Metro Councilwoman in Baton Rouge for six years before she was elected to the state house of representatives last November.
When the crowd was asked how many people ever received an encouraging word from Ronnie, a sea of raised hands filled the rows of a pews in the church,
People who knew her called her a class act. Former State Senator Sharon Weston Broome was one of her closest friends.
"Ronnie adored her family and her family became my family," Broome said.
From the powerful music to the beautiful flowers, this service was about remembering Ronnie.
People's hearts are broken with her death, but they know she went on to do greater things. Those who knew her say she lived her life with God leading her path. She had an uncanny ability to lift people up when they were down. Although Edwards was only a state lawmaker for a few short months, her life touched people as far away as Washington D.C.
"May cherished memories help temper your grief and may you find comfort in the support of loved ones," Representative Cedric Richmond said, as he read a letter from President Obama.
Here at home, Governor Edwards ordered flags to be lowered to half staff. As the celebration of her life was told through happy stories, grief wasn't far away.
"Ronnie thank you for being our rock," East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden said. "God bless you. God keep you."
Her body was escorted out of the church and into a hearse headed for a cemetery, where she'll rest forever.
Edwards was 63-years-old.