Dora Jean Edwards, the mother of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and matriarch of a Tangipahoa Parish family rooted deep in politics, died Friday morning. She was 87.
The governor announced her death in a statement:
“It is with a heavy heart that I share that my mother, Dora Jean Edwards, has passed away,” Edwards said in the statement. “She was the matriarch of our family and, along with my late father Frank, the reason why I am the person I am today.”
“She raised eight children, worked for many years as a Charity Hospital nurse, taught Catechism, and made the best red beans and rice.” the governor added.
Funeral details have not yet been made available.
Mrs. Dora Jean, you have been such a light in our lives. You have taught me so much about faith and love. You will be missed beyond measure, and we love you so much. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. pic.twitter.com/1JLpyvfjgI
— Donna Edwards (@FirstLadyOfLA) January 20, 2023
Dora Jean Edwards was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, former Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Frank Edwards Jr., and their son, Chris, who died in an auto accident in 2011.
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