Former DeKalb school board member Donna Edler died Oct. 29 following a reported bout with breast cancer.
Earlier in the day, Donna Priest-Brown, a member of the South DeKalb Parent Council, sent out an email stating that Edler was “making her final transition.”
“Please be sure to pray for the family during this difficult period,” Priest-Brown wrote.
Edler, who had a background in accounting and described herself as a homemaker, community organizer and activist, was sworn into office in January 2011 as a school board member District 7, after defeating Zepora Roberts in a runoff election.
Edler, who lived in Stone Mountain, spent more than 15 years as a volunteering and holding board positions with DeKalb County civic associations.
Edler earned a master’s degree in business specializing in real estate appraisal and investment analysis from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas. She was also a certified public accountant with national accounting firm experience. Edler was a member of First African Presbyterian Church in Lithonia. She resides with her family in Stone Mountain.
Edler and her husband Darryl had three children, Darryl Jr., Christopher and Rachel.
In a interview with The Champion in 2010 during her election bid, Edler told why she wanted to join the school board.
“New leadership and better school board governance are first steps towards restoring confidence and credibility,” she said. Minimizing waste, fraud and abuse preserves educational dollars for children and classrooms.
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