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THELMA E. FOOTE

September 11, 1926 June 30, 2016
THELMA E. FOOTE
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Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 (KJV)

Thelma Elaine Foote

On September 11, 1926, the USA won the 21st Davis Cup, the Aloha Tower was dedicated in Honolulu and Bob Mausel (NY Yankees) tied a record with 3 sacrifices. The greatest event on that day, however, happened in Baltimore, Maryland with the birth of Thelma Elaine Foote to the late Clara M. Beverly and the late Basil B. Gray.

Thelma spent her childhood in Anne Arundel County under the guardianship of the late Reverend and Mrs. Richard Ball. She was educated in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools; graduating salutatorian from Wiley H. Bates High School in 1943. Thelma was a member of the chorus, student council, honor roll and was one of two females to take an aeronautics class. She attended Morgan State College as an English major.

After returning to Lusby, Thelma reconnected with the late Archie K. Foote, whom she had met in earlier years. He became the love of her life and on December 28, 1947 they began their 60 years of marital bliss. Through this union, eight children were reared.

In 1950, Thelma was given the challenge of forming a chapter of the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) in Calvert County. This was the start of her passion for services to youth. At that time, Thelma did not drive. She demonstrated her loyalty to the MYF by walking 10 miles roundtrip one or two nights each week for MYF meetings; singing and gathering children along the way. She served as counselor for 45 years. Thelma’s work with youth continued until her health began to fail. Other services to youth included, but were not limited to; choir director, religious education and vacation bible school teacher, and homework tutor.

Thelma was a nurturer. While she only had eight biological children, she was mother to many. Her home was often full of children; her own, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. No one ever left her house hungry. She demanded respect and was a strong disciplinarian, but she was still loved by them all. Her nurturing spread into the community and into her workplace. While she may have been employed as a substitute teacher, instructional assistant and media assistant in her 27 years at Appeal Elementary School, she played the role of caretaker for the children as well as the staff. She was known for transporting her co-workers to/from work, making sure that they took their medications, were eating properly and provided words of advice/encouragement as needed and often filled the room with humor. She was also involved in the education of her children by serving as President of the Brooks High School PTA and Secretary of the Appeal Elementary PTA.

Thelma visited the sick at hospitals, nursing homes and at their residences. She often transported other seniors to medical appointments, the grocery store and community and church events. She never asked for or expected money for gas.

She was a life-long member of St. John United Methodist Church. She was the Minister of Music; serving as pianist and director of the Youth, Intermediate and Senior Choirs and the Beverly Sisters family trio. Under her direction, these choirs sang in various churches within the tri-county area, Baltimore City, Washington, DC and the Maryland Eastern Shore. Thelma also served as a liturgist, worship committee chairperson, history committee chairperson, anniversary committee member, youth ministries, church sexton, family ministries and administrative board.

Because of her dedication and commitment to service, Thelma was the recipient of numerous awards which included; “WJZ TV Channel 13 Salute,” Board of County Commissioners of Calvert County “Leadership Service in the Community” Award, St. John Youth Choir “Pioneer Award” and St. John United Methodist Church “Lifetime Achievement” Award.

Thelma had an infectious smile. She greeted all with a hug. She was full of joy; often found humming or singing softly. Thelma loved joking with family and friends. She always had a kind word for all and saw the good in everyone. She told her children that “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all and always do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Thelma was unselfish, always giving of herself even when she wasn’t feeling well. She sacrificed her own health to care for her family and often masked her pain so that her family would not worry.

Thelma enjoyed playing the piano, writing poetry, word search, create-a-word, playing Scrabble, traveling, stylish clothing, gospel music and spending time with family. She especially enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren.

Thelma leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Basil (Alice), Bruce (Debbie), Beverly Thompson (Darrell), Yvonne Foote, Philip (Francene), Karen Brooks (Kevin), Elaine Romeo (Charles, Jr.), and Melanie Davis (Sean); her grandchildren, Dion (Kaye), Terrence (Dovica), Philip, Jr., Anneke (Gerald), Jermaine, Nia, LaKeesha (Alan), Tonee, Shantonia, Kenneth, Trinity, Tiffany, Erica (Eric) Shanae, Charles III, Terrell, Andrew, Tyler, Sean, Jr., T’Cian (Lonnie), Darrell, Jr., Danielle, Danyl (Ana), Damien, Charles, Eric, Tammy, Melissa and Kimberly (David); great-grandchildren, Aniya, Zyon, Hope, Emmanuel, Angelica, Angela, Nandi, Zaria, Zola, Noah I., Noah S., Kenneth, Jr., Anthony, II, Karter, Zaria, Krista, Aliyssa, Aliyson, Taylor, Kenya, LaToya, Lakisha, Caleb, Swannique, Erica, Alazha, Jordan, Jaylen, Brittany, Destiny, Morgan, Sydney, Shaquillo, LaShae, Monte’, Jerome, Parish, David, Jr., Laura and Dwayne; great-great grandchildren, Chauna and Azira; her brothers, Irvin Beverly (Eilene), Francis Beverly (Helen) and Malcolm Beverly (Barbara); her sister, Rita Alleyne; brother-in-law, Glen Foote (Eliza), sisters-in-law, Ruth Foote and Theresa Foote; adopted daughters Marilyn Mackall, Miki Wright, and Jean Saunders; adopted grandson, Diarra Mackall; adopted sister, Thelma Johnson; special friends, Ailene Holland, Myrtle Johnson, Buena Weems, Rachel Smith and Frances Hutchins; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Visitation

Thursday

7

Jul

6:00 PM 7/7/2016 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/7/2016 8:00:00 PM
St. John UM Church

1475 Sollers Wharf Road
Lusby, MD 20657

St. John UM Church
1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby 20657 MD
United States

Visitation

Friday

8

Jul

9:00 AM 7/8/2016 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 7/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
St. John UM Church

1475 Sollers Wharf Road
Lusby, MD 20657

St. John UM Church
1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby 20657 MD
United States

Service

Friday

8

Jul

10:00 AM 7/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
St. John UM Church

1475 Sollers Wharf Road
Lusby, MD 20657

St. John UM Church
1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby 20657 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Friday

8

Jul

1:45 PM 7/8/2016 1:45:00 PM
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery

11301 Crain Highway
Cheltenham, MD 20623

Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery
11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham 20623 MD
United States
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