Nelda J. Edwards, age 76 and a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, peacefully passed away at her home on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 7 a.m. She was born on June 19, 1936 in Olla, Louisiana. Nelda contracted polio at the age of 15 during the widespread polio epidemic. This was not a major deterrent for this strong willed lady. Nelda graduated from Baton Rouge High School and then received a degree in business from Louisiana State University
in 1960. She graduated from LSU with honors and maintained her strong spirit as an avid LSU alumnus. Until two years ago, she attended all home LSU football games and held season tickets to the LSU men's basketball games for a number of years. If LSU was playing, Nelda was watching and cheering. Nelda worked as the legal secretary and office manager for Bobby L. Forrest and Associates until recent years when her health began to fail. She was a past member of the Baton Rouge Pilot Club and an officer in the Legal Secretaries Association. Nelda is survived by her brother William "Bill" Edwards and his wife Myrna Laborde Edwards of Baton Rouge; nephew Scott Edwards and his wife Liese McLean Edwards of Friendswood, Texas; two great nieces Lauren Michelle Edwards and Sarah Elizabeth Edwards. She was preceded in death by her mother Gladys Lisenby Markland and stepfather Mack G. Markland, both of Baton Rouge. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. Burial will follow in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Pallbearers will be Scott Fournier, Reginald Laborde, Jimmy Rawlins, Danny Williamson, and David Winkler. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby L. Forrest and F.G. Sullivan. The family would like to extend their gratitude to St. Joseph's Hospice for their exceptional care. Donations may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice, 10615 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.