Mary Frances Everett

Published 5:21 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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Mary Frances Everett was born to the union of the late Eddie Edwards and Mary (Blow) Edwards on April 24, 1928, in the County of Isle of Wight. On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, her journey of life peacefully ended, and she proceeded on to meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Mary Frances received her education through the Isle of Wight County School System and went on to gain employment at The Butter Dish. She continued her career at Florence Bowser Elementary School where she retired after 20 years as the Cafeteria Manager.  

Mrs. Everett accepted Christ at a young age as a member of Christian Home Baptist Church, Smithfield. After marrying the love of her life, Theodore Everett, she joined Canaan Baptist Church (CBC). As an active member of CBC, she served in many organizations: President of the Joint Usher Board for over 17 years, food service coordinator, a member of the vacation bible school staff and the Women’s Ministry. She also worked alongside her husband as church sexton and preparing communion. On June 8, 2014, she was honored as a Deaconess Emeritus.

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Being involved in her community was an important part of her life.  She earned a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding and Dedicated Service in 2003 from Nansemond Parkway Civic League. She was a long-time member of the Busy Bee Garden Club and enjoyed attending culinary conventions and other educational workshops.

Mary Frances was known for her cooking, especially homemade yeast rolls, sweet potato and coconut pies and Sunday breakfasts. Numerous family and friends would gather to partake of these delicacies. Somehow, she managed to be a devoted wife, a loving mother and a listening friend to all.

Mrs. Everett was predeceased by her husband, Theodore Everett; two daughters, Delphine Taylor and Cressandra Felton; her sisters, Bertha Batten, Odessa Thomas, Mable Byrd and Lillian Joyner.  Survivors include a son, Raymond Edwards (Audrey), Oakville, Connecticut; daughters: Veta Cowling (Vincent), Hampton; Vanessa Scurry (Eddie), Augusta, Ga.; Yvette Artis (Gary), Buford, Georgia; Velma Taylor, Suffolk; Frances Cohen (Richard), Lawrenceville, New Jersey; and Sharon Hardin (Ronald), Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Two sisters, Clarice Uzzle, Smithfield, and Martha Whitaker, Baltimore, Maryland; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Hicks, Suffolk, and Dorothy Cohen, Charlotte, North Carolina; 16 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to name.

A public viewing is being held from 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, in the Melvin J. Blowe Chapel of Crocker Funeral Home Inc. Celebrating the Life of Mary Frances Everett is set for 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Canaan Baptist Church. Pastor Vernon Hairston Sr. is to deliver the message of comfort. She is being laid to rest in Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery. Professional services with dignity have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home Inc.