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Marie (Minerd) Edwards


Marie (Minerd) Edwards was born in 1898 near Uniontown, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of James L. and Catherine (Whalen) Minerd. She grew up in and around Redstone Township, near Brownsville, Fayette County.

In February 1920, when she was age 21, Marie married George Edwards (1899-1981), also age 21, the son of Samuel Edwards, a native of England. 

They had at least one son, James Patrick Edwards. 

Immediately after marriage, Marie and George made their home in Akron, OH. Five months after their wedding, they returned to Fayette County to visit family and friends. Reported the Uniontown Morning Herald, "Mrs. Edwards will be remembered as Miss Marie Minor prior to her marriage... The young couple were tendered a shower by about one hundred of their friends at the home of the bride's parents, at Republic." 

But they did not stay in Akron for long, and by 1922 returned to Western Pennsylvania. In November 1932, said the Morning Herald, Marie and her sister Hazel Johnson, brothers Wilbert "Patsy" and James Minerd, as well as Mr. and Mrs. James Reilly, Mrs. Sparks and James Whalen traveled to Marianna, a mining town in Washington County, for the funeral of Regis Horsman. 

Marie enjoyed hosting luncheons and playing bridge with her sister Hazel Johnson and friends from Republic. At times, their social events made news in local newspaper columns.

George was a machinist by occupation. When the federal census was enumerated in 1930, the family resided in West Brownsville, Washington County, where George was employed as a railroad brakeman.

George passed away in 1981 at the age of 82.

Marie outlived him by one year. She died in 1982 at the age of 84.

They are buried at Lafayette Memorial Park in Brier Hill, near Uniontown. 

~ Son James Patrick Edwards ~

Son James Patrick Edwards (1928-2011) was born on July 9, 1928 in Brownsville. 

He married Evelyn "Jean" Lenker, a native of Highspire, near Harrisburg, PA, and resided in the Whitehall section of southern Pittsburgh. 

They had five daughters -- Deborah J. Geis, Pamela DiGiorgio, Cynthia Panchura, Susan DeBor and Nancy Fischetti. 

James passed away in Pittsburgh on May 18, 2011. His funeral mass was held at the St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church. At his death, said the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he was survived by 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. [See obit.]

Copyright 2007, 2012 Mark A. Miner