Cassie Edwards, 55, women's prison teacher

March 05, 2006

Cassie Edwards, a retired teacher at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, died of breast cancer Feb. 24 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 55.

Born Cassie Gilbert in Baltimore and raised in Cherry Hill, she was a 1968 graduate of Southern High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore.

She worked at the state Motor Vehicle Administration and the state Department of Corrections, where she retired in 1998.

In 2000, she earned a master's degree in administrative supervision and in 2003 she received a second master's in human services administration from Coppin State University.

She helped inmates at the women's prison learn to read and write.

Family members said she was a stylish dresser and had purses and shoes to match her outfits.

Services were held Friday at New Shiloh Baptist Church, where she was a member.

Survivors include three daughters, Laverne Hicks, Angela Hicks and Olita Edwards; two brothers, John Gilbert and James Gilbert; four sisters, Helena Hausley, Delores Morton, Alfreda Gilbert and Shirley Gilbert; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson. All live in Baltimore.

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