Estha Veona Edmunds, 44, who had been active in many Baptist organizations here, including the D.C. Baptist Convention in its work at the Prince George's County Detention Center, died Nov. 3 at Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton after a stroke.
She was the wife of the Rev. Joseph S. Edmonds, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Friendly. They lived in Oxon Hill.
Mrs. Edmonds was born and reared in Shallottee, N.C. She came to Washington in 1953 and worked as a secretary for the FBI for two years. Later, she accompanied her husband to various pastorates, including the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring and the First Baptist Church of Fruitland, Md. In 1964, her husband became the pastor of the Anacostia Baptist Church, which moved to Friendly and changed its name in 1968.
Mrs. Edmonds was director of the Women's Missionary Union, Youth Activities and the Youth Division of the Sunday School at the First Baptist Church of Friendly. She sang in the Sanctuary Choir.
Once a month, she was in charge of services for the D.C. Baptist Convention at the Prince George's County Detention Center. She was active in the Women's Missionary Organization of the Baptist Convention.
In addition to her husband, survivors include three daughters, Estha Jane, Rebecca Lynn and Joanna Marie, all of Oxon Hill; three brothers Lyman, James and John Osborne, all of Shalotte, and three sisters, Elizabeth Hughes and Rosa Rogers, both of Shalotte, and Daisy Fraga of Ocala, Fla.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the First Baptist Church of Friendly.