Lillian Bernice Smith of Centreville, Maryland transitioned from her earthly life on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 at the Castle of Love in Bowie, Maryalnd and went from labor to reward. Born on July 3rd, 1932, in Carmichael, Maryland to Lillian Wilson, Raymond Wright, and bonus dad Albert Wilson.
Lillian was educated in the public schools of Queen Anne’s County and attended Kennard High School located in Centreville, MD along with many family members.
Lillian Thomas was united in holy matrimony to Milton Smith Sr. in 1953. Together they shared lots of love, laughter, and friendship.
Lillian was a faithful and loyal member of Earl’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Centreville, MD, where she served as the Financial Secretary, President of the Usher Board, and Choir Member. She enjoyed traveling to neighboring counties to participate in Usher Day services. With the closing of Earl’s Chapel, Lillian became a member of New Life Community United Methodist Church, where she continued to serve as an usher.
Bernice, as she was commonly called by close family and friends, was also an adult Leader/Mentor with the Talbot-Queen Anne’s Youth Alliance. She actively played a key role to ensure that the participating youth were well-rounded in many different types of Christian hood, social, and educational values.
Before retiring, Lillian worked at the Campbell Soup Company in Chestertown, MD for 30 years. During her time with Campbell Soup, she served as a Union Representative which granted her the opportunity to travel cross-country on many occasions. With her constant travel as a Union Representative, Lillian discovered her love for traveling internationally and across the United States.
Lillian was the matriarch and historian of the Scott Family until her passing. She enjoyed sharing stories and pictures of her wonderful life with her family and friends. Lillian was extremely proud of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed singing in the choir, shopping, traveling, dancing, cooking, fine dining, reminiscing on good times, and supporting her loved ones in all their endeavors.
Lillian was predeceased by her husband Milton Smith Sr., her son, Milton II, her sister Lillie Thomas, her brother James Wilson, and her son-in Law Odel Powell Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memory: four siblings, Barbara Johnson, Bertie Turner, Raymond Thomas, Hilton Thomas; Sister-in Law Helen Wilson; three children, Geraldine Powell, Bernice Olivia Stewart, and Cynthia Smith; six grandchildren, Tanya Henry, Stephan Powell, Odel Powell Jr., Toya Rattray, Chad Armstrong, and Crystal Nwabuko; ten great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Lillian’s smile and loving spirit will forever remain in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Kennard Alumni Association, Inc.
Attention: Scholarship Fund – Lillian Bernice Smith
P.O. Box 213
Centreville, Maryland 21617
Note: A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization
Public viewing for Lillian Bernice Smith will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Union Baptist Church, 233 Glenwood Avenue, Easton, MD 21601. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with the Minister Kimberly Blake, officiating, New Beginnings Progression Ministries, Salisbury, MD and the Elder Terrance Brooks, eulogist, Faith Union Fellowship Ministries, Chestertown, MD.
Masks are required and this will be a socially-distanced and COVID-19 compliant service.
Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery 6827 E New Market Ellwood Road, Hurlock, Maryland 21643.
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