Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards issued the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Elaine Edwards:
 
“Donna and I send our prayers and condolences to the family of former First Lady Elaine Edwards,” said Gov. Edwards. “She served this state as the first lady and the country as a U.S. Senator with class, compassion and a true commitment to the people of Louisiana.  As the matriarch of her family, she imparted great wisdom and leaves behind a remarkable legacy of giving back to others and a dedication to public service. Her love for this state and its citizens will be long remembered."
 
"Elaine has left an indelible mark as the longest serving first lady of Louisiana," said First Lady Donna Edwards. “She certainly set the stage for those who have been blessed to serve in the same capacity. We were fortunate to interview her and learn more about the history of the Governor’s Mansion and the story behind the beautiful magnolias she needlepointed for several chairs here. In fact, they became the inspiration for our upcoming book Memories in the Mansion. She was a true inspiration, and we look forward to sharing more of her contributions to our great state soon.”