Mary Woods Foster Edwards

Published 12:03 pm Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mary Woods Foster Edwards, age 82, of Vicksburg, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2010, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

She was born on Nov. 6, 1927, to J.T. and Bessie (Scallions) Woods in Durant. Mary moved to the Delta at a young age, where she attended Riverside High School. She retired from Denny’s as a cook supervisor after 35 years of service at La Mirada, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husbands William “Bill” D. Foster and Jessie D. Edwards. She and Mr. Edwards were married 16 years and resided in Greenville and were members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Earline Lott; and a brother, Lee Woods Jr.

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Visitation will be held today, July 14, 2010, from 5 until 7 p.m. with Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Greenville. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 15, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at the Hollandale Cemetery in Hollandale, Miss. Father Tarsisius Puling, S.V.D., will officiate the service.

She is survived by her stepchildren, Ann (Tom) Fraser of Cartersville, Ga., Dean (Sue) Edwards of Millington, Tenn., Everette (Sherry) Edwards of Greenville, Pam (Mickey) Wilkinson of Snellville, Ga., Theresa (Stratford) Kay of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and John (Mary Beth) Edwards of Kingman, Ariz.; two brothers, Curtis (Mary) Woods of Wayside, Miss., and Cecil (Juanita) Woods of Taylorsville, Miss.; two sisters, Peggy (Ronnie) Clark of Ruleville, Miss., and Louise Watford of Vicksburg; 14 stepgrandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Coleman Edwards, Brandon Wilkinson, Joe Fraser, Rob Watford, Rodney Clark and Derris Powell. Honorary pallbearer is Thomas Kay.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Jesse D. Edwards Memorial Trust, c/o St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 412 Main St., Greenville, MS 38701.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guest register may be viewed and signed at