Parents Pennington and Mallie Hatch Curvey.She was one of 14 children. Grew up in Crockett, Texas and graduated from Ralph Bunche High School. After coming to Houston, she attended Franklin Beauty School. She confessd Christ at an early age and joined Brewington Baptist Church. After moving to Houston she joined Galilee Missionary Baptist Church and later Greater Mt. Matthew Baptist Church. She married James Edwards who preceded her in death. To this union one son was born Ralph Edwards who has two children Carla and Allison.