History and Staff

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

A History of Caring

With Washington State having one of the highest cremation rates in the US at 61.16%*, it did not make sense to have large elaborate facilities and vehicles that few families use, yet every family must pay for. Instead, it made more sense to utilize a low-overhead yet professional building, allocate resources more efficiently, and utilize new technologies (such as the internet) to reduce expenses. Through these simple cost reductions, Edwards Memorial is able to offer substantial savings to families without compromising quality of service.

* Source: Center for Health Statistics, WA State Dept. of Health, 03/2005

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Edwards Memorial, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.



Lisa Herrig
Funeral Director Intern/Embalmer Intern

Born in Indiana, raised in Auburn, WA. Lisa has always had a strong interest in helping people. She has 30 years of experience as an embalmer intern and funeral director intern in Pierce and King County. Lisa loves to take drives all over especially in the Washington countryside. She loves being a grandmother and travels to see her grand kids whenever she can. She also enjoys spending time with her husband of 36 years.



Cole Chambers
Funeral Director Intern

Cole grew up in Denver, Colorado and moved to the Tacoma area in 1999. After serving as a pastor and volunteer fire chaplain, Cole joined Edwards in 2019.

Bringing his compassion and care for families in crisis, Cole aims to serve everyone with respect and dignity.

Cole and his family call Tacoma home - they love biking around the city, backpacking near Mt. Rainier, and cooking for friends. If you really want to get to know Cole, you should ask him about his hometown team, the Denver Broncos.



Joseph Brewer
Crematory Operator

Joe was born in Birmingham, AL where most of his family still lives. His father's military career kept him moving quite a bit until he settled in Tacoma, WA in 1994. He has been helping grieving families in various capacities since 2003. He enjoys making a difference in people's lives and providing a unique service to his community.
 
Some of Joe’s hobbies include camping, reading, board games and exploring the Pacific Northwest.