Jean Edwards

Jean Edwards

Jean Edwards, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Springfield, graciously left this world on Jan. 30, 2013. She was born on Feb. 17, 1932, in Birmingham, Alabama, where she met and married Allen Jack Edwards on June 9, 1950.

A person of many abilities, Jean was a faithful faculty wife, mother to all, the original multitasker, an excellent watercolorist, a handyman and general purpose problem solver. She was non-judgmental in her approach to others, and was a model of fairness and generosity who dedicated her life to her family and those in need. She was the kindest of souls and will be greatly missed.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Jack Edwards, and their son Joel Edwards. Survivors include three daughters, Carol Grove (Robert) and Lindy Stevenson of Columbia, and Melanie Estes (Bud) of Warsaw, Missouri, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Jean's life was held by the family. Others wishing to honor her memory are encouraged to embrace today without missing a beat, to smile at strangers and practice compassion. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in the News-Leader on Mar. 10, 2013