Marion D. Edwards


Marion D. Edwards, a loving, kind and generous husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully in his Broussard home surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Born July 10, 1928 in Marksville, Louisiana, Edwards attended Bethany Nazarene College, Bethany, Oklahoma, and Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana. A devout Christian for all of his life, he will be remembered for his philanthropic work and outreach to cancer victims. As a cancer survivor since 1977, he was a good shepherd, leading other cancer victims through tough times. The Marion D. Edwards Fellowship in Hepatic Oncology was created at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in his honor. He will also be remember for helping many young people acquire an education, especially in the realm of the performing arts. He and his wife Penny were closely associated with The Acadian Conservatory of Music, where he fostered many youth into the full blossom of their natural talent. His work experience includes operating a successful insurance and real estate agency (The Edwards Insurance & Real Estate Agency) from 1956-2012. He served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Freeport McMoRan, Inc. from 1983-1995, and continued as a political consultant to governmental affairs for the same company from 1995-1999. Edwards is survived by his beloved wife Deborah ""Penny"" Meaux Edwards, his three children from his first marriage to Aline Luther Edwards - Wanda Edwards, Elizabeth Kersten and husband Stephen, and Donna Edwards; his grandchildren Brian Eastep and wife Tara, Jeremy Eastep and wife Natasha Fossett, Brandon Eastep and wife Lynn Chang, Eric Edwards, and Ashley Clement; and his great-grandchildren Matthew and Abigail Eastep and Lily Eastep, Devin, Nathan, and Cameron Edwards. He is survived by his brother Governor Edwin Edwards and wife Trina. He was preceded in death by his parents Agnes and Clarence Edwards, a sister Audrey Isbell and husband Andrew, brothers Nolan and wife Eleanor, and Allan. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home, 301 North Avenue F, Crowley, on Monday, January 14, from 2 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, January 15, from 8 to 10 a.m. The funeral will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1203 West Northern Ave., Crowley, on Tuesday, January 15, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Marion D. Edwards Fellowship in Hepatic Oncology, MD. Anderson PO Box 301439, Houston, Texas 77230, or Hospice of Acadiana, 260 Johnston Street, Suite 200, Lafayette 70503.

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I am so fortunate to have seen Mr. Edwards twice last year, after 40 plus years. He was an inspiration to me and many others, as well. His family and friends know how great a gift he was on earth, and will continue in heaven. - Bo Walters (Houston, Tx.)

I was truly saddened to hear of his passing. He treated all of us Troopers as if we were all his sons. He was a class act, and we are all a little less without him. He lived life large.
Please accept my condolences.


Dear Penny:
Carla and me, Christina and Erwin want to express our deepest symphaty. We are so sorry the loss of your beloved husband and friend. We remember Marion very well from our visit in 1989, he invited on cajun dinner and fixed everything for us.

Nina, Stavanger, Norway

I just heard of Marion's death. Edwin I am so sorry for your loss. We had some very good times at our class reunions in the past years with Marion. He will be missed!

On behalf of the Allan Edwards family of Arkansas, please accept our deepest sympathies at the loss of Uncle Marion. To us, he was the most thoughtful and kind Uncle of all. Our mother, 92, deeply appreciated his thoughtful calls and loving messages in the years after our father's passing. His love for our father is still in our hearts. Penny, we keep you in our prayers as you touched our hearts with your joyous attitude and kindnesses. He was alight with love for you. Without a doubt, it...

so sorry for your loss,"throw your burden on God he himself will sustain you."

Mr. Edwards seemed like a person who lived his life to the fullest. Now he's asleep hoping to hear the words Lazarus heard when Jesus resurrected him saying"Lazarus come out" meaning the grave. So for now rest in peace.