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Eugenia (Jean) James Smith-Hall was born August 22, 1941, in Calvert County, Maryland, to the late Hattie Ray and Oscar James. Eugenia was affectionately known as Jean and in New York, as "Mama Jean".
Jean attend the public schools in Calvert County until the age of 15, when she moved to New York (Great Neck, Long Island) with her mother and attended High School where she aspired to become a nurse.
The Lord blessed Eugenia with her first-born child, Patricia Gorman, in Calvert County, Maryland and, later, was united in holy matrimony with Guy Smith. From that union, Gary and Vonne were born. Everyone who knew Jean would probably best describe her by her affectionate smile and friendly demeanor.
In New York many of Vonne's friends called her mother "Mama Jean" because she often "adopted" them as her own, and in return they loved her.
Jean worked in domestics in New York, until her retirement when she returned to build her home in Huntingtown, Maryland with her husband; Thomas Hall (now deceased). Jean was employed for a short time at Malinda Brooks Assisted Living Home in Owings, Maryland.
In addition to her dedication to her work, Jean found time to engage in hobbies such as cooking, baking, traveling, attending family gatherings and shopping for antiques and attending yard sales.
Jean always nurtured others by sharing God's love, in many ways. Jean was a part of her families' church at St. Edmonds United Methodist Church, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Later, Jean attended and finally joined in membership at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, Sunderland, Maryland where she joined in fellowship with her husband and was baptized on May 15, 2005. Jean, even after the death of her husband and thanks to her Godmother, and good friend Cozzette Gray, made it to church every Sunday and remained an active member of Mt. Hope United Methodist Church until she became ill.
Jean loved praising the Lord, singing gospel songs - especially "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again." and enjoying the comfort of her home in Maryland. In her home she received much praise for cakes for church events and family. As her continued goodwill spirit, of making cakes like she had done when she was in New York. She was truly loved and will be truly missed.
Eugenia leaves to cherish her memory: three children; Patricia Gorman (Maryland), Gary Smith (New York) and Vonne Smith (New York), six grandchildren; Lastarr Smith, Nikita Smith, Vidal Smith, Gabrielle Smith, Garyel Smith, and Rashard Aiken, five great grandchildren; Skye, Nyla, Reginald, Amere, and Damoni. Her stepmother; Lucy James; six sisters; Doris Serumy, Josephine Parker (Woodrow) Coleene McBryde (Frank), Lorraine Shamberger (Bruce), Celia James, and Patsy James, five brothers; Oscar (Tug) James, III), Mathi James, Louis James (Marilyn), Douglass James (Carleen), and Gordon James; one uncle Daniel Ray; and a host of nieces, nephews; cousins and many friends.
Eugenia was preceded in death by her mother; Hattie Ray, father; Oscar James, husband; Thomas Hall, and brother; Warren Graham.