Shanda LaNaé Martinez Edwards, 24, of Deweyville, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 21, at her residence.

Funeral services to honor her life will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the First Baptist Church in Deweyville. Interment will follow in the Wilkinson Cemetery in Little Cypress.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Monday at the church.

Shanda was born on Nov. 1, 1987 in Galveston, to her parents, Shannon Jay Martinez and Rhonda Kay (Sims) Martinez, she grew up and attended school in Lake Charles and she lived in Deweyville for the last seven years.

Shanda was a housewife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Deweyville and she was always cheerful and had an upbeat personality. Shanda enjoyed crafts, decorating at home, going shopping, animals and most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, her husband and her children were of greatest love to her.

Shanda in preceded in death by her infant daughter, Kayleigh LaNaé Edwards; her maternal great grandparents, John and Jackie Sims; her paternal great grandmother, Dorothy Martinez and her paternal great great grandparents, Johnny “Coonie” and Dale Bussell.

Those who will most cherish her memory are her husband, Joseph Edwards of Deweyville; her daughter, Krista LaNaé Edwards of Deweyville; her son, Tristin Joseph Edwards of Deweyville; her father, Shannon Jay Martinez of California; her mother, Rhonda Sims Broussard of Deweyville; her maternal grandparents, Johnny and Carol Sims of Deweyville; her paternal grandparents, Jimmy and Linda Martinez of Starks; her sister, Brittany Comer of Deweyville; her stepsister, Chelsea Marie Broussard Roth and husband, Matthew of Westlake; her brother, Ty Anthony Broussard of Deweyville.

Other survivors include her aunts, Christie Martinez and Kim Barks and her uncles, John Sims, Jeff Sims, Jimmy Martinez, Jr. and Jonathan Martinez. Shanda is also survived by numerous members of her extended family.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to assist with final expenses.

Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be extended to the family at