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Marneda L. Evans, earned master's, law degrees Nov. 7, 1968 -- Aug. 23, 2011

Marneda LaChelle Evans, a Buffalo native who pursued higher education through a Juris Doctor, died Tuesday in Germantown, Md. She was 42. Ms. Evans was born in Buffalo, attended Buffalo Public Schools and graduated from Emerson Vocational High School with a diploma in woodworking.

After high school, she worked in several retail establishments but pursued higher education, earning a bachelor's degree in political science from Buffalo State College in 1999 and a master's degree in urban planning from the University at Buffalo in 2001. She then earned a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Mich., in 2006.

She and her family moved to Germantown, where she was employed with John J. Kirlin, one of the nation's leading construction companies.

She is survived by her husband, Erick Edmonds; two daughters, Morgan LaChelle and Erika; her mother, Phyllis A. McBride; a brother, Damon McBride; and her grandmother, Rose Ann Evans.

Services will be offered at noon Tuesday in Dayspring Church of God of Prophecy, 2628 Bailey Ave., Buffalo.

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