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Edwards was born in 1920 in Oconee, Ga., and moved to Detroit as a toddler. She was the eldest daughter in a family of eight children.

She first married Robert Bullock, with whom she had a son, Robert Berry Bullock. She later married state Rep. George Edwards and became a step-mother to his son, Harry.

The crowd was full of “Motown soldiers,” as Robinson called them, including the Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the lone surviving original member of the Four Tops, Motown songwriters Eddie and Brian Holland, and Claudette Rogers Robinson, member of the Miracles and Robinson’s ex-wife.

Claudette Robinson told The Associated Press after the service that Edwards was “a personal ally” and a “mother figure” going back to the Miracles’ first days at the nascent company _ two years before any other artist.

“She showed such concern, such compassion for the females,” Robinson said. “She wanted to make sure we strived for excellence and we were just being the best we could be.”