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Selma B. Hawkins

October 6, 1931 July 8, 2009
Selma B. Hawkins
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Selma Bernice Hawkins was born on October 6, 1931, in Calvert County, Maryland to the late Jacob and Henrietta Coby. She transitioned from this life to her eternal resting place on July 8, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Hawkins, Jr., and siblings Mary Coby, Clarence Coby, John Coby, Eva Jones, Frances McRae, Florida Prout and Dorothy Harrod.Selma received her education through the Calvert County Public School System. She attended Dares School, located in Plum Point Maryland, which is now called Huntingtown. As soon as she reached the age to work, Selma was hired by Calvert Hospital (now Calvert Memorial Hospital). Following her employment with Calvert Hospital, Selma performed domestic work throughout Calvert County and the metropolitan areas. Throughout her working years, Selma always wanted to be sure that her children had food on the table, clothes on their backs and a decent place to live. On February 9, 1950, Selma was united in Holy Matrimony to the late William L. Hawkins, Jr. From this union, they were blessed with three children; Janice L. Hawkins, Wayne E. Hawkins and Alphonso W. Hawkins.As a child Selma attended Plum Point United Methodist Church with her parents. She began her Christian walk under the leadership of Bishop Joseph Nathan Brown and Mother Pearlie Brown at the Greater Bible Way Church (GBWC), Prince Frederick, Maryland, where she was baptized in 1984. Serving the Lord with gladness, while in the beauty of Holiness was her greatest joy. She was affectionately called Mother Selma. Mother Selma was a member of the Willing Workers Club, Field Missionary and sang with the Gospel Choir. As Mother Selmas health declined, she remained a faithful and committed member and continued to pay her tithes, either through other members or via U. S. Mail. She was a very active member and always made provisions to minister to others, talking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mother Selma was a very caring, loving and forgiving person. She had a kind word to share and saw the good in everybody. She was soft-spoken, compassionate, and generous. She treasured her children and family. She always looked forward to hearing from her family and spending time with them, especially during special occasions. She often gave advice, made suggestions and checked on their welfare several times a week, even when she was ill and incapacitated. Mother Selma spent most of her life caring for others and was a true humanitarian.Mother Selma loved being outdoors, enjoying fresh air and bonding with nature. When she was not working, which was very rare, you could find her planting and caring for her vegetable garden. She also enjoyed working in her flower gardens, especially creating chicken & hen flower pots out of plastic containers. She was very proud of her banner-crop vegetables and chicken & hen plants and she never hesitated to share her goods with family and friends. As part of her outdoor adventures, you could find Mother Selma and her sister, Audrey cruising Calvert County for a yard sale. When Mother Selma was not outdoors, she enjoyed reading the Bible, watching and listening to Gospel programs. She also enjoyed watching TV sitcoms, Sanford & Son and Andy Griffin. Mother Selma loved cooking and baking and could compete with the best! Although Mother Selma enjoyed cooking, her passion was baking sweet potato pies and pound cakes from scratch. Through her uniqueness, Mother Selma touched the lives of so many people. She will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. Although Mother Selma has left this earthly place, her legacy will live forever.Mother Selma leaves to cherish her memories: one daughter, Janice L. Hawkins; two sons, Wayne E. Hawkins and Alphonso W. Hawkins; one daughter-in-law, Rochell P. Hawkins; one sister, Audrey Mackall; one brother, Robert Coby; four grandchildren; Wanda L. Morsell, Brian Hawkins, Troy Hawkins, Alphonso (Ernie) W. Hawkins, II; five great-grandchildren; eight sister-in-laws; Kate Coby, Mary Brown, Lorraine Brown, Martha Evans, Aileen Hawkins, Daisy Hawkins, Delphine Sollers, Wilhemina Parran; five brother-in-laws; Benjamin Hawkins, Eugene Hawkins, Richard Evans, Eugene Brown, Willie Parran, Sr.; one godchild, Jonette Mona Mackall; one step-daughter; Phyllis Hawkins; one step-son; William L. Hawkins; two special friends; Sandy O. Hawkins, Demetria Fletcher and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, step-grandchildren, great step-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.


Southern Memorial Gardens 10155 Ward Road Dunkirk, MD 20754 (map/driving directions)


5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 (map/driving directions)
10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at Greater Bible Way Church 2300 Sixes Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 (map/driving directions)


11:30 A.M. at Greater Bible Way Church 2300 Sixes Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 (map/driving directions)


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