Elaine Schwartzenburg Edwards was born in Marksville, Louisiana, on March 8, 1929, the only daughter and middle child of Myrl and Errol Schwartzenburg. An amazing life awaited her. She completed her education in parochial and public schools in Marksville. She met and married her childhood sweetheart and they moved to Crowley, Louisiana where she became a stay-at-home Mom to four children - Anna, Victoria, Stephen and David. This shy, humble girl from Marksville was thrust into the limelight as her husband advanced from the Crowley City Council to United States Representative to Governor of Louisiana, a limelight she never sought, but accepted with dignity and honor. When Louisiana's senior U.S. Senator Allen Ellender died in 1972, Elaine was appointed to complete his unfulfilled term. Elaine stepped right in, spread her wings, and once presided over the United States Senate for a day. Elaine was an accomplished seamstress who started her own business and designed and crafted many beautiful creations for clients. Though she served the longest as Louisiana’s First Lady, she remained to the end a humble girl from Marksville--smart, unpretentious, and content with whatever life dealt her. In the end, she would be quick to tell you that her greatest accomplishment and greatest joy by far were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Elaine passed away on May 14, 2018. She is survived by her four children Anna Edwards, Victoria Edwards, Stephen Edwards and girlfriend Kristi Godal, and David Edwards and spouse Laura L. Edwards; fifteen grandchildren; and twenty-four great-grandchildren; one brother, Ralph Schwartzenburg; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents Myrl and Errol Schwartzenburg and her brother Frank Schwartzenburg.
Elaine was loved by many and will be missed more than words can express. Rest in peace, dear Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Friend.
A memorial service will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018 at Resthaven Gardens of Memory & Funeral Home located at 11817 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA.
Charitable donations may be made to Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, the Humane Society, or the charity of your choice.
To my friend, Mrs. Elaine... my life was better after I met you in my new neighborhood. I'm so happy you reached out to me that day, and we became immediate friends. I loved your stories, and loved hearing you talk and your family. You had a lot of love in your heart.
To all of Elaine's family...I'm very sorry for your lose. Celebrate her memory often. She really was a light.
Patrice and Hunter StatonBaton Rouge, LA
Vicki, Anna, Stephen and David
Your Mom was truly Louisianas First Lady. I have fond memories of her on the campaign trail and the nights at the Monteleone on Election night. My late father a State appointee. Your mom will be missed. With heartfelt fond memories. Love and Prayers!
Polly Land GloverPrairieville, LA
It is with great regret that we learned of the passing of Ms. Elaine Edwards. She was truly a great First Lady and United States Senator. Elaine had deep convictions of the things she believed in and put a great deal of effort to fulfill her purpose. When we drive down the Interstate and see all the beautiful tree in the access neutral ground we think of Elaine. As First Lady that was one of her many projects, beautification of the Interstate access medians. Our prayers are with the family in these trying times. May God bless and be with the family. Pam & Kelly Nix
J Kelly NixBATON ROUGE, LA
To the Cole family my deepest condolences, so sorry for your loss. May god bless you and your family. Jimmy Lieux Woodlawn High School.
Coach Jim LieuxBaton Rouge, LA
Anna, Vicky, Stephen and David,
I am so sorry to learn of Mom's passing. I know she will be missed by you all very much. She had a blessed and full life. My prayers and thoughts are with you all and the family at this time.
Jim DuplantisJennings, LA
Remembering Elaine - the years as friends and neighbors and the many joyful days our son Ryan enjoyed with Christopher at her home. We know she will be greatly missed. Our love and prayers go out to the family. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble" Psalm 46:1
Rod and Debra MillerBaton Rouge, LA
Aunt Elaine always knew how to touch someone heart. My fond memories of My Aunt come from my younger years at Thanksgiving dinners at Grandma's house and family Easter gatherings. Always a grand Lady she was. My prayers go out to her family.
Lee J. SchwwartzenburgLiberty Lake, WA
Thinking of you all at this time. I will miss her so much and will be forever grateful for the love and nurturing she gave me growing up. So many wonderful memories of our times together. Thanks for allowing me to spend time with her on Sunday as I said goodbye to such a dear lady! Many prayers sent your way!
Anne Afeman NorwoodMadison, MS