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Obituary for FYDELLA M. DUNMORE
Fydella M. Dunmore, 90, of Baltimore, MD passed away on October 24, 2011 at Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, MD. She was the oldest of four children born to the late John Wesley Wills and Mary Susan Randall Wills on March 7, 1921 in Friendship, Maryland. At a young age, she moved to Calvert County where she attended the public schools. It was also in Calvert County that she was nurtured in her Christian Walk. She enjoyed her membership at Wards Methodist Church where her mother was church pianist and Sunday School Superintendent. Fydella would eventually work in Wards in the Women's Society, and was known for planning the children's programs and for sponsoring picnics as major fundraisers for the church. Fydella met Allen L. Rice and they were married in Wards Methodist Church. From their union, one daughter, Alberta, was born. Their marriage ended in divorce. In 1954, Fydella took residence in Washington, DC. She married Eugene Dunmore in 1962 and happily became "mother" to Michael. While in Washington, she assumed the role of a highly valued employee of the Wyman family. Also in the nations's capital, she chose to unite with Lane Memorial Christian Episcopal Church. Here she sang on the choir and served on the Board of Stewardesses. She thoroughly understood her role as servant of God, and, as such, was always ready to respond positively to requests to serve. No task was considered too menial - whether caring for the Communion linens, stuffing envelopes or even opening the church. Very talented, Fydella was also known as a consummate cook and baker. Her cakes, cookies and pies were always choice items at bake sales. Her musical gift was displayed through the solos she rendered at her church, and through her involvement in a gospel singing group known as the Friendly Jubilees. This group, in earlier years, traveled throughout Calvert County. Her love and honor for God were seen in the beautiful way that she chose to live her life. Though her two brothers, John Thomas and Ernest Wills Sr. preceded her in death, the company of her remaining natural family, her extended family and her church family brought her joy beyond measure. Fydella's wisdom, patience, bright smile and positive attitude, despite her illness, gave many, many people the encouragement that they needed to face the vicissitudes of life. Her letters, written from her bed, brought inspiration to those who would receive them. She was a light that shone brightly within the Futurecare-Homewood Nursing Center. She shall be remembered by her daughter for the emphasis that Fydella placed on adhering to the Golden Rule. She shall be remembered by her granddaughter for the faith in the possibilities that could not yet be seen for Kimberly, for the evident pride in her accomplishments, and for the admonishment to her to always remain close to the Lord. Fydella made a definite impact upon each person whose life she touched. She transitioned to Eternal Life on the morning of October 24, 2011. The fragrant memory of Fydella M. Dunmore will linger in the hearts and minds of her daughter, Albert Brown (Shelton); her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly Brown, Ph.D. (Charles); her cherished sister, Mary F. Wills; a loving stepson, Michael Dunmore and his wife, Gloria, and their children, Jamal, Ayana, Marlon and Ketorah; a sister-in-law, Florence Wills and many, many caring nieces, nephews and cousins, Lane Memorial members and friends.