Johnnie Mae (Cortez) Edwards

Johnnie Mae (Cortez) Edwards was ushered to her heavenly home April 1, 2024, with loved ones by her side. She was born March 20, 1932, in Amarillo, Texas to the late Supt. H.W. Cortez and Thenolia Cortez.

A Celebration of Life Service celebrating Johnnie Mae will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2024, at Emmanuel Temple Church, 900 North Adams Street.

Johnnie Mae had a beautiful and long-lasting relationship with God, who she received into her life at a very early age. She was a faithful member of Emmanuel Temple church and was active in various departments until a decline in her health.

After graduating from Carver High School, she went on to attend Amarillo College where she was one of the first four black women in the nursing program, and then went on to Denver General Hospital where she graduated and became a nurse.

At this time in her life, she met and married the only man in her life, Airman L.T. Edwards, U.S.A.F. To this union our Father bestowed three children, Trenton L. Edwards (Clytia) of Amarillo, Texas, Terria L. Perkins, whom our Father called home on March 29, 2012, and Sharon L. Brooks of Amarillo, Texas. She was also blessed with 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Johnnie Mae was well traveled. All of her children were born throughout the United States, from Virginia to California, then Indiana. She lived and worked in many other places such as Detroit, MI; Denver, CO; Salina, KS; and Goldsboro, NC. In November 1984, Johnnie Mae was named Employee of the Month at St. Anthony’s hospital in Amarillo. She would eventually retire from Ware Memorial.

Johnnie Mae loved to travel. While living in Germany at the Hahn A.F.B., she traveled to London, England; Paris, France; Holland in the Netherlands; Rome, Italy; and even to Jerusalem where she was blessed to see where the Son of our Holy Father carried the cross, was crucified, and entombed until His Resurrection.

Johnnie Mae is survived by her son Trenton (Clytia), daughter Sharon, sisters Nadine Cortez Johnson and Daphine Hendry, 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was dearly loved by her family, church family, and friends, and will be greatly missed.



  1. Bobbie Jean Demerson

    My dear Mother in Zion lived a full life. At age 91 she had her last bowling party with family and friends. She certainly did love God with everything that was within her. She exemplified what Holy living was even until death. I will miss our bowling parties with our dear Mother Johnnie Mae. Perhaps, she is having a bowling party in heaven with family and friends that were waiting for her there.

    You are where you wanted to be at last. I love you dearly!

  2. Gail Hawkins Lee

    My Dear Cousin Johnnie, I am truly saddened that you are gone in the physical ream. But I thank God for lifting you up to see a beautiful ninety-second birthday. You looked so beautiful and enjoyed your special day. To God be the Glory! From the least to the greatest; my family is my joy. Will miss you so much. But when I know the love of Jesus was deep in your soul and you will spend eternity in his presence I rejoice. Live always..Cousin Gail

  3. Rhonda Merritt

    Aunt Johnnie Mae was the epitome of a women of God who dearly loved her lord and savior. Even in her illness she would be found worshipping God, giving him honor, and praising him in song and in testimony telling others of His goodness. I had a special, loving bond with my beautiful aunt and will love her forever. She was a beautiful example to me and I know she loved me, because she consistently told me so! Sleep in peace aunt Johnnie Mae and by God’s grace the next time I see you will be when the trumpet sounds! 1 Thess. 4:16-17 “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

  4. Nadine Cortez Johnson

    Jesus said to her “I am the Resurrection and the Life, the one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. John 10: 25-26
    Even though I am Sad today because I don’t have the physical presence, touch, or voice of my Sister Johnnie, I have Joy and Peace knowing she is in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I will miss her greatly and I will treasure each and every one of the memories we shared together and with all of the family. Johnnie showed her Love and concern and kept in touch with every member. Without a shadow of doubt, Johnnie loved the Lord with all of heart and Soul! Now she is with our Mother and Father, her daughter Teria,our sister Opal, and her 5 brothers and many more relatives.I will see you later Johnnie. Love you!

  5. Anthony and Akili Thrower

    Experiencing a mixture of emotions during this time, but we have comfort in knowing that Aunt Johnnie is with the Lord! Auntie showed all of us how to Praise and Honor God REGARDLESS of our present situations. An unwavering example of Godly Living that we all have been Blessed to witness and pattern after. Thank You Aunt Johnnie for all the Prayers, Love, and Words of Wisdom that you shared with us!! We Love You!!

  6. Clytia Edwards

    My Beautiful mother-in-law was and always will be a Big part in my life ❤️ Mom was A True Example 👍 of A Woma6 of God.She didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone. Her Smile and her laugh was contagious. She would always tell me on a number of our many talks to not Worry about Anything. To just Give It To God. And he will take care of everything ❤️. I Love you Mom. And ❤️ I know you are Happy you’re 😊 Home Now. Thank You Jesus For Allowing Me To Be Apart Of This Beautiful Ladie life. Love you Mom.

  7. Minnie Bowser

    At 8 yrs of age my parents joined the Emmanuel Church of God In Christ., under the Pastoring of Johnnie’s Dad- Elder H.W. Cortez. My Dad , Deacon Leon Marshall became the musician! Later in life, I married her cousin-John T. Bowser. After graduating from nursing, I had the opportunity of working at St. Anthony’s Hospital with her and her sister,Nadine. She was an outstanding- Loving nurse- that ministered “ Physically, Mentally and Spiritually to her patients !! We had the opportunity of Johnnie ,traveling to many of the National COGIC Meetings with us – Memphis Tennessee an many others ! I told her many times- she was my “Mentor!” Johnnie will be greatly missed- however we know she will be RIP – in her “Heavenly Home!” We’re praying 🙏 for our “Precious-Loving Family!”

  8. Esther Hanley

    To the family of sister Edwards. I would like to let you all know. That I love each and every one of you all. I would truly miss the phone call from sister Edwards.

  9. Esther Henley

    I would like to let the family of sister ever snow that I love each and every one of you all!

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