“My husband said it best when he remarked, ‘The family is the most important building block in our society,’ said First Lady Donna Edwards. “It has inspired me to focus my time as First Lady on assisting and encouraging our Louisiana families in need.”
Family life has always been the center of activity for Donna Hutto Edwards. As the youngest sibling to two brothers, she credits her parents with establishing a healthy home life. She enjoyed her childhood, moving from Mississippi to Alabama and then to Amite, Louisiana. There she met her future husband John Bel Edwards, and the two began dating in high school. After graduation, he left Louisiana to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. Donna moved back to Mississippi, where she enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi and earned a B.A. in Business Administration in Industrial Management. The two married in 1989 and were sent to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, John Bel’s first post as an Army Infantry Airborne Ranger. It was in Hawaii that they had their firstborn, Samantha Bel.
Even in the early years, Donna saw the importance of supporting families…..Continue Reading