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COZZETTE VIOLA GRAY

June 13, 1933 July 20, 2017
COZZETTE VIOLA GRAY
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Cozzette Viola began her journey here on earth on June 13, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Stephen Reid and Julia Holland. At 4:10 AM, Thursday, July 20, 2017 Cozzette peacefully slipped from this life here on earth to begin her heavenly journey.

Cozzette attended Mt. Hope Elementary School and graduated from W.S. Brooks High School. Upon graduation, she began working as a domestic engineer. She also provided transportation for many to and from work. She also met and married William Holland, Sr. whom she married and had from the union there were six children born. She also raised four other children whom she nurtured as her own and they like siblings to her own children.

At an early age Cozzette was baptized and became a member of Mt. Hope Unite Methodist Church, Sunderland, MD. She was the tour guide and friend to each of the pastors that came to Mt. Hope UMC. Cozzette worked in many positions at Mt. Hope. They were, President of the United Methodist Women for seventeen years, lay servant, lay leader, trustee, Senior Choir, LG Ensemble, Mass Choir and a member of the Market and Development Team.

Everyone who knew Cozzette knew she never missed certain TV programs, even if she had to record them and watch them later. These programs would be the Soap Operas, Let's Make a Deal, Family Feud and at the top of the list was the Price is Right. Bob Barker was her favorite host and it was a highlight of her life when she met Bob Barker in person.

Traveling was another of Cozzette's passions, she could be found traveling with the Traveling Seniors all over the United States and with the Beverly Tour Bus Company with her late husband, John H. Gray. She also had a great appetite she enjoyed eating.

Cozzette was known by many for her warm hugs that everyone received upon meeting her. She loved everyone and everyone loved Cozy. Everyone was related to her and in most cases, she could prove it too.

After the death of William Holland, Sr. Cozzette later met and joined in holy matrimony with Charles "Buck" Wilkerson who passed away after a brief marriage. She then reconnected with a high school sweetheart, John H. Gray and were married for sixteen years before his death. Upon this union, she became a parent of a blended family of eleven children.

Cozzette enjoyed life and people and lived her life serving and praising God at all times.

In late May, Cozzette entered Georgetown Hospital, Washington, D.C. for surgery. She was later moved to Calvert Nursing Facility, Prince Frederick, Maryland for rehabilitation therapy. Because of complications she was later moved to Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, Maryland where she peacefully slept away into the heavenly paradise.

Cozzette was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen Reid and Julia Holland; grandmother, Susie Commodore; stepfather, Roland Holland; sisters, Sefonia Holland and Ellen Louise Holland; brother, Richard Holland; children, Robin Charlene Holland, Darnell Sylvester Holland, Louis Mackall; son-in-law, Elvert "Al" McNeal; husbands, William Holland, Charles Wilkerson and John H. Gray.

Cozzette leaves to cherish her memories, her loving children, Diane McNeal, Ellen Jones (Elias "Sonny"), William Holland (Annette), and Janet Chase (Michael); adopted family, Mark Mackall (Virginia), Florence Mackall, and Doris Jacks, sisters, Florence Gray, Eleanora, Helen, Delores Reid and Mereleine Nyzleibe; brothers, Roland Holland (Renee), Benson and Theodore Holland; sister-in-law, Rosalyn Mackall; brothers-in-laws, Edward Gray and Lambertine Jones; honorary sister-in-law Claudia Clark Holland; special friends, Thomas and Delores Hicks and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

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Visitation

Thursday

27

Jul

6:00 PM 7/27/2017 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/27/2017 8:00:00 PM
Sewell Funeral Home

1451 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sewell Funeral Home
1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Visitation

Friday

28

Jul

10:00 AM 7/28/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/28/2017 11:00:00 AM
Emmanuel Church

3800 Old Town Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639

Emmanuel Church
3800 Old Town Road Huntingtown 20639 MD
United States

Service

Friday

28

Jul

11:00 AM 7/28/2017 11:00:00 AM
Emmanuel Church

3800 Old Town Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639

Emmanuel Church
3800 Old Town Road Huntingtown 20639 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Friday

28

Jul

1:00 PM 7/28/2017 1:00:00 PM
Mt. Hope UM Church

145 Dalrymple Road
Sunderland, MD 20689

Mt. Hope UM Church
145 Dalrymple Road Sunderland 20689 MD
United States
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