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EDYTHE BARRETT CHEW

October 19, 1921 May 3, 2013
EDYTHE BARRETT CHEW
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Edythe Barrett Moten Chew was born October 19, 1921, in Owings, Maryland, to the late Florence M. Rawlings Moten Reid and the late George R. Moten. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, the late Joseph Murray Reid. At 2:43a.m., Friday, May 3, 2013, Edythe went peacefully to eternal rest with God at the home of her daughter, Regina Emerson. Edythe grew up and attended the Paris School in Calvert County. Edythe was married to the late Tenny Chew, Sr. and after that union, went on to spend many years with the late Charles Emerson with whom she raised a family. Edythe was a domestic worker for many years for the Scavullo family in Cheverly, Maryland. In addition to her work with the Scavullo family; Edythe assisted in the care of her parents wherever she was needed. Edythe left her job and went to help her parents. She spent many long days working and then returning home to care for her family. She helped on the farm, prepare meals, clean, and assisted in the care of her siblings and loved ones. Edythe was a devoted daughter to her parents. She took care of them both until their death. Edythe attended Mt. Hope United Methodist Church at a very young age and for many years after and sang on the choir. In her later years, she attended and joined Ward's Memorial United Methodist Church in 1991. She was a member of the Ward's Senior Choir and the United Methodist Women; of which she remained an honorary member. In more recent times Edythe enjoyed attending worship services with her nephew Bryant. They would visit whatever service she wanted to attend that Sunday, often returning to the place she would refer to as home, Mt. Hope United Methodist Church. Edythe loved to travel. She made annual trips to New York to visit her sister Georgia. She looked forward to the annual trips to different locations, including, Georgia, California, Florida, New Orleans, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, several trips to Canada, the annual Dutch Country event, Plays, and Day Trips often leaving from the church. She looked forward to these annual trips , and continued to travel until her health no longer permitted. God gave Edythe gifted hands. She would grow beautiful flowers in her yard and always had many house plants. She tended to her garden with loving care. Her garden always had a variety of beautiful flowers, including roses, lilacs, gladiolas, rooster combs and marigolds, just to name a few. Each spring she looked forward to new flowers and plants. Edythe also grew strawberries, watermelon , a vegetable garden, and raised chickens. She enjoyed sharing the fruits of her labor by often giving away flowers, plants, vegetables from her garden and the fresh eggs from the chickens she raised. Edythe loved to cook and was famous for her colored cakes with sprinkles (green and pink), which were delicious. Whenever there was a birthday, 'she would ask you what kind of cake would you want'. And you could count on a fresh, homemade cake from scratch. She also made homemade caramel, chocolate, and coconut cakes with three layers. She was always helpful, for example making potato salad or cakes for church events, or for any special occasions. Edythe loved family dinners on Sundays and especially on holidays. She looked forward to shopping for the meals and wanted to make sure there was plenty for everybody. All was welcome to sit, eat and enjoy. She would always say 'Help yourself!' In her leisure you could find her just sitting and talking with family and friends about her life painting a picture so vividly you felt you were right there. She enjoyed doing cross word puzzles and word search, reading her Bible and Daily Bread, and yes watching the Game Show Network; especially Family Feud with Steve Harvey! Granny, as she was called, enjoyed her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. She would always say 'they are not bad, just mischievous'. Granny helped nurture the family, if you or the children were sick, she would stay and take care of you. All of us had a special place in her heart. Most of all she enjoyed life and lived to the fullest. Granny made Jesus her choice! What a blessing she was to all of us! She leaves to cherish her memories and continue her legacy ; her children; Tenny Chew, Jr., Elizabeth Tasker, Regina Emerson, Rachel Tyler (Charles), Colvin Emerson (Sherry), Michael Emerson (Dorothy), Cassandra Watkins (Calvin), Terry Lee (Charles) and special chi ldren she loved as her own, John Coates (Jackie), Charles Brown, Jerome Brown (Barbara), Faye Logan (Raymond), 35 grandchildren, 65 greatgrandchildren, 46 great-great grandchildren, one sister Nina Reid, one brother Webster Reid, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Edythe is proceeded in death by (5) children, Audrey Ann Chew, Nettie Mae Creek,George Chew, Gregory Ellis and Anthony Emerson; granddaughters, Cheryl Spriggs and Kathy Hall and grandson Troy Chew.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

10

May

10:00 AM 5/10/2013 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/10/2013 11:00:00 AM
Ward's Memorial United Methodist Church

2265 Wards Chapel Road
Owings, MD 20736

Ward's Memorial United Methodist Church
2265 Wards Chapel Road Owings 20736 MD
United States

Service

Friday

10

May

11:00 AM 5/10/2013 11:00:00 AM
Ward's Memorial United Methodist Church

2265 Wards Chapel Road
Owings, MD 20736

Ward's Memorial United Methodist Church
2265 Wards Chapel Road Owings 20736 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Mt. Hope UM Church Final Resting Place

145 Dalrymple Road
Sunderland, MD 20689

145 Dalrymple Road Sunderland 20689 MD
United States
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