Minerva Yvette Edwards

July 10, 1955 ~ December 16, 2020 (age 65)


Minerva Yvette Edwards was born on July 10, 1955 on a Sunday morning in Memphis, Tennessee. Minerva was the 3rd child born to Florence and Aurtry Edwards. At an early age Minerva was a precocious child, attending White’s Chapel elementary school. She was very studious but consistently got in trouble for talking too much. Young Minerva was known for being observant, always following her grandfather around the house and garden. Nothing got past Minerva, she paid attention to every detail. She loved life and was full of life.


Desiring to improve the lives of her children, her mother relocated the family to Los Angeles, California where she attended Budlong Elementary. She was the president of the student body in the 6th grade. She then attended John Muir Middle School. Minerva loved to draw. As a 7th grader, because of her drawing talents she was able to design the program for the graduating class. Minerva was also a gymnast and explored gymnastics in her early teens. She attended Crenshaw High School. Along with her brothers and sisters, the family faithfully attended Normandie Church of Christ.


She graduated from Crenshaw High School and attended LA Community College. While there, as a student with exceptional typist skills, she became a student worker for the County. She remained with the County for 43 years. During her 43-year career she held various roles, ultimately becoming an Investigator.  She was held with high regard and respectability amongst her colleagues. She enjoyed connecting with people and guided many, always encouraging others to do their best. Minerva attended career day at Normandie Christian School, eager to share how hard work pays off. During career day, she took pride in recognizing her mother (“the coordinator”) to the listening children.


Anyone who knew Minerva, knew that she was always dressed to the nines. We remember her as being embellished, dipped in gold and dripping in diamonds. Hair done; nails done. In her early years, she lived her life to the fullest. She was independent and firmly believed in producing quality work but also knew how to have a good time. She loved to party and plan events for her loved ones, including a shower and wedding for her baby sister, Lisa.  Minerva was family oriented and always sought ways to show an outpouring of love. She always held her nieces and nephews with high esteem and loved them as if they were her own.


She was resilient and always found ways to provide for herself and others. Even in weakness she was strong. In sickness she maintained a positive outlook. Her laughter and optimism were contagious. There were many lessons she taught, one was to be positive, another was to enjoy life.


Minerva was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt and great, great aunt. Her roles as sibling and “Auntie Nerva” were her most coveted. Her last five years were lived as a dedicated aunt and best friend to Janae Edwards- who she spent as much free time with as possible. Her nieces and nephews were her legacy. For years, pictures of her nieces and nephews adorned her office cubicle.


Minerva departed December 16, 2020. Her legacy shall be cherished by the many generations of friends and family who love her dearly. 


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