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Edna Earl Abraham , 84, Temple Hills, MD, formerly of Snow Hill, NC, transitioned, Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at her residence. There will be a visitation at Not About Me Ministries 3106 Branch Avenue Temple Hills, Maryland 20748 Monday, December 19th, 2022 9:30 - 10:30am EST. There will be a celebration of life service held at Not About Me Ministries 3106 Branch Avenue Temple Hills, Maryland 20748 Monday, December 19th, 2022 10:30-11:30 am EST.
Interment will follow in the Fort Lincoln Cemetery 8401 Bladensburg Road Brentwood, Maryland 207022 Monday, December 19th, 2022 2:15-3:15 pm EST.
On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Mrs. Edna Earl Abraham's assignment was completed on earth. Surrounded by the love of her family, she peacefully transitioned from labor to her greatest reward.
On February 8, 1938, in Snow Hill, North Carolina, God graced the world with her remarkable spirit and creative nature in expressing her undying love for her family and friends.
Edna was one of thirteen children between her parents, Irene and Richmond Edwards. Edna matriculated through the public school system in both Snow Hill and Kinston North Carolina. She shared her time between school, tending to the farm with her grandfather, Henry Edwards, affectionately known as Pa. Edna's time with her grandfather helped develop her gift of horticulture. At an early age, Edna learned the principles of sowing seeds and reaping a harvest that transcended into her adult life. She used her abilities to diligently support the wellbeing of her younger siblings and faithfully sowed into the lives of others by cultivating nurturing spaces for growth and development.
After graduating from high school, together with her first-born Tuwanna, Edna ventured off to Washington D.C. to reunite with her beloved sister, Pauline. Within months of being in D.C., she met two significant people that would change the trajectory of her life Jacob Abraham, her husband and her best friend, Ruby Stowe, affectionately called Aunt Ruby Lee. Ironically, not long after, they discovered that Aunt Ruby Lee and Jacob were cousins.
The Stowe and Abraham families established an unbreakable bond. Edna and Ruby did everything together; they raised kids, celebrated holidays, shopped, cooked, etc. Aunt Ruby Lee was the one who taught Edna how to cook chitterlings and make sweet potato pie. The two families even worshipped together at Miles Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church under the leadership of Reverand Dr. Roderick D. Lewis.
At Miles Memorial, Edna was baptized alongside her children. She served on the Pastor's Aide Ministry, Hospitality, and the Trustee Board. Edna had a special gift of making people feel warm and welcome. Her children remember that on Saturdays, Edna, and some of the women of the church would meet to prep chicken for the church's fundraiser after their Sunday services. Every Saturday, there would be an overflow of laughter, wisdom, and joy. Edna was known for her huge cakes. Her specialty was coconut pineapple cake and vanilla cake with homemade chocolate icing. On many Saturdays, her cakes never made it out of the church kitchen and the only evidence is a plate. To this day, there are only three people in the family who know her secret cake recipes: Keith Abraham, Tanja Hull, and Tuwanna-we all hope they continue her legacy!
Edna's gift of sowing seeds that bore beautiful harvests continued. She truly represented the old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Her heart for new parents led her to open her home to care for their babies. Thanks to Edna, young parents could return to work and school with the confidence their children were much loved and well cared for.
She was graced with the honor of watching some of the babies she cared for grow into adults. Robin, Marcus, Jaylen, MiMi and PrePre, Afrika, Dougie, Brittany, Jentavia, Mia, Brian, and Antoinette are among those she took pride in nurturing over the years. And because four kids were not enough, God gave Edna a few more: Barbara Ann, Reggie, An-gie, Khary, Tameka, and Lil Stacey. Taking no offense in fact, quite the opposite their parents enthusiastically embraced Edna being known and loved as "Ma."
At times, Southern Avenue served as a Day's Inn, a restaurant, and a house of laughter. Edna's door was always open for a delicious meal hot off the stove, a warm smile and good conversation. Edna was as selfless with her time as she was with her opinions. She was no-nonsense and would speak the truth no matter what.
In addition to being a master in the kitchen, Edna also loved interior design and had a keen eye for fashion that her son Mookie adopted. Edna was always classy in her dress and had exceptional style and flair. She loved to collect fine jew-elry, ceramic art, and her infamous life-sized roosters that will have you saying, "cocka doodle doo."
Edna was a devoted member of Miles Memorial until her health began to fail. She never allowed her physical condition to stop her from spreading love. She developed a phone ministry and would spend hours on the phone with her baby sister, Geraldine, her eldest sister Ruth, her baby brother Rock, her little brother William, and her eldest brother Benny.
She also shared many laughs with her cousin Chinese. Embracing technology, she would text and FaceTime with many she loved, including her beloved Nicole "Naycole" and Marc "Buff" Buffington.
In over 40 years, Edna's home phone number never changed and neither did her expressions of love, kindness, hospitality and service towards her loved ones and her community. Edna Earl Abraham will never be forgotten. She leaves her spirit of grace, wisdom, and joy.
To cherish her memory and continue her legacy, she leaves her four children: Tuwanna Edwards, Juan "Mookie" Abra-ham, September "Dee Dee" Abraham, and Stacey Abraham; godson Reginald Stowe; three surrogate daughters: Barbara
"Barbara Ann" Brown-Styles, Angela "Angie" Chisley, and Stacey "Lil Stacey" Grissom; three grandchildren: Danzel Baker, Sashia Moore, and Elon Baker; two sisters: Ruth (Melvin) Speight and Geraldine (Donald) Moore; five brothers:
Rossie "Rock" (Valerie) Edwards, Benny (Sue) Edwards, William Edwards, and James "Duke" (Thelma)Taylor; her BFF, Aunt Ruby Lee Stowe; her beloved cousin Dorothy Kilpatrick and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Local announcement by S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home in Snow Hill, NC.
Monday, December 19, 2022
9:30 - 10:30am (Eastern time)
Monday, December 19, 2022
10:30 - 11:30am (Eastern time)
Monday, December 19, 2022
2:15 - 3:15pm (Eastern time)
Fort Lincoln Cemetery
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