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Obituary for THELMA WALL
Mother Thelma Wall born Thelma Wallace on April 28, 1928 to the late John Cephas Wallace and Hattie Della Commodore Wallace, in Port Republic, MD. After 86 years of a great journey, Mother Thelma peacefully made her transition from this life to a state of rest at 3:30 a.m., on May 5, 2014.
As a youth, Mother Thelma, attended Calvert County public schools but later returned home, along with her sister Helen, to take care of her their parents. At the young age of 17, Mother Thelma married Walter Wall and together, with this union raised 9 kids; Lilly (Dorsey Commodore), Walter Jr, Alberta (Lorenzo Gross), Jeannette (Marvin Chew), Christine, Timothy (Ruth), Malcolm (Myra), Marcia (Leonard Harris) and Lisa.
For many years, Mother Thelma acted as a caregiver to many people throughout the Calvert County community. She was a very caring, loving and most of all she had an encouraging-uplifting spirit that had the ability to touch many. However, many who knew Mother knew that she could be very rigorous and stern. When she made a point, that was it, no questions better be asked about it. But she always showed her love; she could go from chastising you to then praying for you. Mother Thelma’s ability to love and nurture far exceeded those she birthed.
She was a great woman of God that treasured her family. She was the Matriarch of the family and often times she would make it her business to visit her brothers and sisters during the week. She would often take walks to her sister Carrie’s house to watch their afternoon stories or would visit her sister Helen’s to help cook and stopover for the holidays. One thing about Mother Thelma is that she loved to cook and would let you know that she could cook anything. She was a skilled cook who sought perfection in the kitchen. She would be in the kitchen with her apron and pearls on. She didn’t go anywhere without her pearls. Some of the grandkids would say “there were a many Sunday mornings that “grandma” would be the first one up for church and the last one out the house because she couldn’t find her pearls. Mother Thelma mentored many young women in teaching them how to cook. She inspired many of them to follow in her footsteps by also becoming great cooks. Mother was a humble, yet distinguished woman that took pride in her walk with God, which was equivalent to her appearance and demeanor at all times.
Mother Thelma not only loved and treasured her own family but she most of all loved her church family. She has been a member of the Greater Bibleway Church, Prince Frederick, MD since it was first built in 1952, under the leadership of the Late Henry H. Brown Sr. Later her Christian walk continued under the leadership of the Late Apostle Joseph N. Brown, D.D., and before the end of her last days she served the Lord with gladness under the leadership of her grand-son, Pastor Neil O. Gross. Mother Thelma looked forward to her days spent at church. In her early days you could find her, alongside the Shepherd- Mother Pearlie Brown, every Wednesday for noon-day prayer or preparing the table for Holy Communion. At Greater Bibleway, She was a faithful and committed member that was a pioneer and a great part of the body of Christ. She was a kitchen worker and field missionary and was also a part of the Willing Workers Club, Mother’s and Clergy Wives Board. She always had great respect for her leaders. During her time at church, Mother Thelma was always known for the advice she gave and the fact that no matter what state of health she was in, she always checked on the well-being of others.
Towards the end of her journey, her faith and belief in God intensified. You could often find her jumping and holding on to the wall as she gave God her all. Mother Thelma touched many lives and will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
Mother Thelma was preceded in death by her Brothers: Woodrow Sr., Winsco “Dickie”, Cephas; Sisters: Ruth, Blanche, Susie, Hattie, Carrie and Annie; Grandchildren: Dion and Dominique
Mother Thelma leaves behind to cherish her memories: Husband, Walter Wall Sr.; Sister: Helen Mae Harrod; Brother: Calvin “Sunny” Wallace; Sister-in-law: Bertha Wallace, Selesta E. Waul and Rosemary Johnson; Brother-in-law: Clarence “Big Jim” Johnson, Louis Waul and Edward Waul; Adopted Children: Nancy Young, Alvin and Rosetta Chew; 26 Grandchildren: Darnell, Anthony, Neil, James, Greg, Lorenzo ”Randolph”, Walter III, , Wayne, Kevin, Keith, Tim-Tim, Terrell, Nicholas, Marcus, Andrel, Gerald, Sterling, Adonte, Galand Jr., Amanda, Janee’, Melody, Katina, Crystal, Theresa, Lisa and host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.