Joan Elizabeth Luster Edwards

April 24, 1939 ~ April 13, 2022

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Joan Elizabeth Luster Edwards, 82, was born on April 24, 1939, and she passed away on April 13, 2022, in Starkville, MS.

Joan graduated from Yazoo City High School, and she received a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.S. in Commercial Education from Mississippi State University.

On September 10, 1965, Joan wed Don Edwards. She was employed by the Florida Public Schools, the Louisiana Public Schools, and the Starkville Public Schools, where she was employed for over 30 years.

She was a longtime member of Starkville United Methodist Church, and she was integral in the development of the Mother’s Day Out at FUMC.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, James E. and Alice C. Luster; and her brother, James E. Luster, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Don Edwards; and her children, Alice Chain (late Michael), Donna Guest (Daryl), and Emily Blalock (Jared). She is also survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Charles Chain (Joyce), Mary Kate Guest, Justin Blalock, Parker Guest, Jacey Williams, Ben Guest, Wyatt Blalock, Charlie Guest, Drew Williams, Caiden Chain, Kenley Chain, Charlie Chain; and her sister-in-law, Lela Luster.

The pallbearers are: Charles Chain, Justin Blalock, Parker Guest, Ben Guest, Wyatt Blalock, Charlie Guest, and Drew Williams.

The visitation will be at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville from 12-2 PM on Monday, April 18, 2022, with a graveside service to follow at Memorial Gardens in Starkville at 2:30 PM, with the Reverend Jim Genesse presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to a charity of choice.

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