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BREEHA MACK

October 1, 1980 January 27, 2018
BREEHA MACK
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Breeha Rodessa Mack was born October 1, 1980 at Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C. She was the youngest child to Wanda L. Mack and the late Benjamin R. Mack.

At one-week old Breeha became very ill and was diagnosed with a very rare kidney disease, pseudo hypoaldosteronism. One doctor said she had a beautiful rare name and a rare disease. Due to this illness, Breeha spent most of her first two years at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Washington, D.C. She was followed by Children's Hospital until she was 20 years. During that time, she developed an almost lifetime friendship with many of the staff members, especially Dr. Einhorn and Dr. Joseph Wright.

Throughout her life she had numerous hospitalizations. She joked once that she had been in every hospital in the DMV.

Breeha started elementary school at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Washington, D.C. Later, she was transferred to Morningside Elementary School. It was at this time, we knew that she was a very special child and was enrolled in the Talent and Gifted (TAG) program. She attended Thomas Pulliam Middle School where she was enrolled in the Performing Arts program.

Breeha graduated from Suitland High School Performing Arts program in 1998. It was in her senior year at Suitland, she decided that she wanted to explore her love for cooking. She picked up many cooking tips from her late grandmother, Sidney Kennedy. She was often called the singing chef. After graduation, she enrolled in the Culinary program at Johnson and Wales University, Norfolk, VA where she earned a degree in Culinary Arts. She used to say "my mother is living with a five-star chef'. Upon her graduation from Johnson and Wales, she transferred to Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD where she majored in Hospitality Management.

After college, she worked various government jobs. She worked at Andrews AFB Library where she developed a children's story hour. As she used to say, "I love the kids". Her most recent fulltime position was a Supervisory Archive Technician at the National Archive which she had to leave on disability due to her Pulmonary Hypertension (PH). While disabled she obtained a Substitute Teacher's license.

Breeha was a trooper; through all her illnesses she kept pushing ahead. She spent many hours on her PC communicating with people from the PH group and her Pseudo hypoaldosteronism group. When she was diagnosed with Pseudo hypoaldosteronism in 1980, there had only been three children in the United States who ever had it, Europe had 8 (none being African American). She would talk to patients and parents on treatment of it and her journey.

At a very young age Breeha developed a love for music. At three years old, in church, someone held Breeha up to the microphone and she sung, "I'm Coming Up On The Rough Side Of The Mountain." As she became older, it was recognized that there was something special in her voice. Bree ha loved the performing arts. She loved singing, listening to music, going to plays and live performances. She has a song on YouTube under the name of "Side B."

Breeha was baptized at Bells UMC at 7 months old and was a lifetime member. Over the years she participated in bible school, youth groups, fellowship time, the choir and was often asked to sing a solo. She cooked for the homeless in the warm nights program for many years with her most recent being January 16, 2018.

Breeha leaves to mourn: her mother, Wanda Mack; sister, Benita Raquel Jones (Mervin); brother, Lawrence Keith Mack; niece and godchild, Sidney K. Jones; nephew and godchild, Mervin M. Jones Jr.; Grandmother, Marydell C. Jones; Aunts, Patty Mackall (Ray), Sharon Gross (Derrick), Wendy Slaughter (Fred), Artina Venning, Ivy Smith (Mitchell), Lorraine Glover (Clarence); Honorary Aunt, Bonnye Newkirk; Uncle, Norman L. Jones (Cassandra); Godmothers Patty Mackall and Wendy Slaughter; Friend, LaTanya Clemmons, numerous cousins, Great Aunts and Uncles and friends.

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Visitation

Monday

5

Feb

10:00 AM 2/5/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Bells UM Church

6016 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Bells UM Church
6016 Allentown Road Camp Springs 20746 MD
United States

Service

Monday

5

Feb

11:00 AM 2/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Bells UM Church

6016 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Bells UM Church
6016 Allentown Road Camp Springs 20746 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Monday

5

Feb

1:15 PM 2/5/2018 1:15:00 PM
Carter's UM Church

6715 Old Solomons Island Road
Friendship, MD 20758

Carter's UM Church
6715 Old Solomons Island Road Friendship 20758 MD
United States
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