JoAnn Veazey Edwards, age 81, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. at her home in St. Amant, LA. A resident of St. Amant and native of New Orleans. She was a retired switchboard operator with East Ascension Hospital. Visiting at Ascension Funeral Home, 426 W. New River St., Gonzales, LA on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Visiting at New River Baptist Church, 45270 Hwy. 429, St. Amant, LA, on Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until service at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Rev. Wayne Talley. Burial at New River Baptist Cemetery. Survived by her special nieces, JoAnn Hager, Michelle Templet, and Susan Veazey; special nephews, David Veazey and Ed Hager; beloved sister, Betty Veazey; beloved brother, Carl Veazey; beloved foster sisters, June Delaune and Jewel Diez; and other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Hanson J. "Sonny" Edwards Jr.; her parents, Andrew and Eunice Veazey; five brothers; and one nephew, Russel Ayo. She was a member of New River Baptist Church, Order of Eastern Star and a Queen with the Red Hat Ladies. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canon Hospice, 1761 Physicians Park Dr., Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. The family would like to thank Canon Hospice and especially, Jessica, for the care of Aunt Jo. Please visit the online guestbook.