August 24, 2015
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Judy Mae Edwards: Sept. 7, 1942—July 28, 2015​

Vibrant, upbeat and loving are the words family and friends used to describe Judy Mae Edwards.

An associate of 30 years, Edwards began her Winn-Dixie career in Northeast Florida and made her way to store No. 555 in Marianna, Florida, where she worked in store departments including bakery, grocery and receiving.

Edwards enjoyed talking with customers and working with her associates, learning their stories, and turning strangers into friends. She also enjoyed collecting lighthouses and flip-flop ornaments, attending sporting events and reading her Bible every day.

“Judy was a breath of fresh air—always positive, always saw the good in people,” said Martin Leon, Winn-Dixie No. 555 director. “Her smile will be remembered by the associates and the customers she served.”

Associates at store No. 555 hosted a memorial party for their friend and co-worker at the local bowling alley and invited those close to Edwards.

“The bowling alley was packed, and that’s just testament to how many people’s lives she touched,” said Virginia Smith, Winn-Dixie No. 555 associate.

At the memorial, family, friends and associates stood together holding balloons in Edwards’ favorite color: purple. People shared fond memories and stories before releasing the balloons all at once to honor her.

Edwards was a mother and a grandmother, and those roles extended outside her own family.

“She lectured you when you did something wrong, spoiled you, gave everything she could if you needed help—she was a mom to a lot of us,” said Smith. “She never left a conversation without saying ‘I love you,’ and always hugged you as if it were the last one she’d ever give you.”

Judy Mae Edwards will be deeply missed by her Winn-Dixie No. 555 family.

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Top photo: Judy Mae Edwards’ favorite color was purple, so family, friends and associates blew up 100 purple balloons and released them in her honor.
Botton photo: Family, friends and Winn-Dixie No. 555 associates gathered at the local bowling alley to hold a memorial party for Judy Mae Edwards.

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