Gwendolyn Lucille Saunders, age 86, was called home peacefully on Monday, July 1st, 2019. She was born March 03, 1933 in Dorchester County to the late Annie Banks Stewart and Charlie LeCompte. After she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her children relocated her to Genesis The Pines Nursing Home in Easton, MD, so she could get the proper care needed.
“Lucille” as she was affectionately known possessed a contagious smile and loved the job of helping others. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many and witnessed her love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and wanting to help others, will never be forgotten.
A woman of faith and the heart of the family, Lucille shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example and through her various church ministries efforts including the Usher Board, Singing in the choir especially the Sunrise Singers and the Fifty Voice and Finance Treasurer throughout her journey within the Union Chapel A.M.E Church until her health condition made it impossible.
Lucille reared in the communities of Aireys Road and Cordtown MD, received her formal education in the public schools of Dorchester County graduating from Frederick Douglas St. Clair High School in 1951; the first class to complete 12 years of schooling.
Lucille worked various jobs throughout her young life, Rob Roy Clothing Factory until it closed October 11,1985 and 12 years at Black & Decker, retiring October 1, 1998. Not wanting to retire and do nothing, Lucille spent her last years working at the Delmarva Community Action Agency, retiring August 1, 2012. Working at Delmarva Community Agency suited her servant heart; being kind and helping others. Her life was a living example the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 — “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”
Among those left to cherish her memory are her children :Yolande Meekins (Anthony),R’Wanda V Stanley, Tabitha G Coleman (Ezetrick), Llwellyn V Saunders(Patrice);daughter in law, Linda Baker-Saunders; sister Barbara J Askins (Charles),grandchildren, Lavern K Stanley,Monica C Stanley,Walter T Saunders IV (Ericka),Renita L Saunders, Jordon L Stanley, Tabriah Q Chase, Jakia D Saunders-Pinkett(Jamar) Hakeem Saunders, Samaira Saunders, Josiah Saunders, Keyonna Harris-Campbell. 15 grand children ,11 great great grand children. special niece and nephews who were like her own children, Everard G Stewart, Ronald N Sampson, Karen I Bailey and Jarbari Cornish.
Also special cousins Mrs.Clara Sampson, Mattie Thompson and Ardenia Walker. A host of cousins and friends.
Preceded in death by one son Walter T Saunders III, one grand-son, Rahiam Saunders, 2 brothers James Linwood Stewart and Roland Stanley a special cousin who was like a sister Jean Y Cornish.
While her stay in the nursing home, everyday of every hour, Lucille would hum an unfamiliar song that no one was able to identify. Glory be to God, just days prior to her home going, Elise Brown-Anderson identified the song. Along with Elise and others, Lucille finally sung aloud the words to the song she loved so dearly; “Sweet Hour of Prayer”. What a blessing for her family to finally know the song they had heard for over 2 years. Lucille will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
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