February 23, 1942 - May 28, 2023\n\nLaura Edwards, a beloved sister, devoted minister, and compassionate advocate for the visually handicapped, passed away on Sunday, May 28th, 2023. She was a guiding light of love, hope, and service, leaving a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing her.\n\nBorn on February 23, 1942, Laura was the cherished daughter of Marvin Edwards Sr. and Kathlyn Edwards. She was the loving sister of Marvin Edwards Jr. and Judith Johnson. From a young age, Laura possessed a deep-rooted faith and a strong desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.\n\nFollowing her departure as an Officer with the Salvation Army, Laura's spiritual journey led her to the Mormon church, where she found solace and embraced a new path of devotion. Later in life, Laura became a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where she faithfully attended until her passing. Within the church community, Laura shared her unwavering faith and extended her compassionate heart to those in need.\n\nLaura's dedication to helping others extended beyond the walls of the church. She found her calling in Vocational Rehabilitation, specializing in assisting individuals with visual impairments. She received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Administration and Education. She served in different capacities with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, including an Information Officer and Training Services Coordinator with Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program, RSA Region IV. She worked for the Pennsylvania College of Optometry as Faculty, Program Coordinator for the Master of Science, Low Vision Rehabilitation Program, Department Chair, among other many positions held. Her expertise and unwavering commitment provided countless individuals with the necessary support to overcome their challenges and live fulfilling lives.\n\nShe authored and co-authored books and articles, including An Orphan in New York City with Seymour Siegel and Shaping the Future with Gerald Wells. \n\nShe received a Good Citizen Award from the Maryland State Police for providing CPR to a car accident victim. And multiple awards for outstanding service in her various positions. \n \nShe was a former host mother to students with visual impairments from Germany, Japan, Thailand, Denmark and Malaysia in the 1980's. She volunteered with the Rancocas Nature Center and NJ Audubon Society. She had an avid interest in photography, birding, and horses. \n\nDespite various personal hardships she endured, including the loss of her father at an early age and the separation from her husband, Laura remained resilient, demonstrating the true strength of her character. She found comfort and companionship in the unwavering love of her life companion, Sy Siegel, who stood by her side throughout her journey.\n\nLaura will be deeply missed by her brother, Marvin Edwards Jr., and her sister, Judith Johnson and Judith's husband Dave. Her nieces, nephews, extended family, and a wide circle of friends mourn the loss of a remarkable woman whose kindness and compassion knew no bounds.\n\nLaura Edwards leaves behind a legacy of unwavering faith, compassion, and service. Her memory will forever be cherished, and her spirit will continue to inspire all those who strive to make a positive impact in the world. May she rest in eternal peace.