Joanne (Williams) Edwards1984
Joanne (affectionally known as “Red”) was born and raised in Newark, NJ. She graduated from Peshine Avenue School and then headed to Weequahic High School. While in Weequahic, she participated in the high school’s drill team and she was a majorette in the South Ward’s Aquarius Drill Team.
After high school, Joanne went to work for the City of Newark. She later worked at Beth Israel Hospital. She returned to work for the City under Mayor Baraka’s administration as a Code Enforcement Officer. She was diligent and became known for enforcing the rules, regulations and codes for the residents of the City. Joanne had a reputation for getting things done and many residents grew to love and respect her for the dedication she gave to her job.
After high school, Joanne became known as the “Mother of Weequahic High School” due to the host of fundraisers and events she held to support the school’s sports teams with supplies, equipment and uniforms. Whenever the school had a need, Joanne was right there to advocate and raise money, including door knocking on the local area businesses. She was a strong believer in education and her passion for the high school drove her to go above and beyond to ensure that students had what they needed.
Joanne had a large circle of friends. She loved to dance and have a good time. Her laughter and sense of human were contagious. She had a full personality and a sympathetic heart that made her concerned about the well-being of everyone.
When she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she still continued in her role of savior, coach, role model and protector who took care of everyone in the community.
Joanne married the love of her life, Clive Edwards, in 2019. When she passed, she also left behind her daughter, Ivory, and a granddaughter, the loves and pride of her life, and a void in the community.