Homegoing celebration honors State Representative Ronnie Edwards

Homegoing celebration honors State Representative Ronnie Edwards
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Funeral services were held on Friday for a Louisiana state representative known for living a life of commitment, compassion, and courage.

Hundreds gathered for a home going celebration at Living Faith Christian Center to honor Representative Rodnette "Ronnie" Edwards.

A show of love, support, and faith was at the center of the service. She was a woman remembered for living a life of service. Her three sisters promised to never forget the woman who earned them the title, The Fab Four.

"Family, friends, and loved ones, we won't let you forget that sweet Ronnie number four. Today we celebrate your life, well lived and well loved,"
Thea Burchell said.

Edwards' commitment to life, her loved ones, and even strangers echoed through the crowd of mourners. State legislators, East Baton Rouge Metro Council members, and elementary school teachers recounted the special way Edwards touched their lives.

"I admired her leadership skills, her strength to stand for the things she believed in and her love for God," Connie Stewart Wiggins said.

It was that deep connection to her faith, her best friend Sharon Weston Broome said, that brought them together 35 years ago.

"We were true covenant friends, knit together by the Holy Spirit, framed in unconditional love," Broome said.

The woman known as "scripture lady" for her amazing ability to comfort others with a line from the Holy Bible, never met a stranger. Her son, Cody, said his mother left a powerful legacy and a lesson.

"If there was one thing that I took from her life is that we could simply and genuinely truly care for each other more," Cody Edwards said.

Even in her two year journey battling pancreatic cancer, relatives said the state representative still woke up each morning ready to make life better for others. It is that strength her friends hope will help carry them as they grieve her passing.

"Ronnie, we say farewell in body but not in spirit. Ronnie, thanks for being our rock. God bless you and keep you," EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden said.

Edwards was laid to rest at the Heavenly Garden Mausoleum.

A special election to fill her seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives will be held on April 9.

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