|Mrs. Bertha Lee Baldwin Washington was born August 12, 1929, in Corinth, Mississippi to the union of Mr. William Marcell Baldwin, Sr. and Mrs. Estella Gillespie Baldwin. Her birth followed that of her older brother, William Marshall Baldwin, Jr.
She was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Charles Lloyd Washington in 1945. To this union three children were born Jeanetta, Charles, Jr. and Kenneth Wayne.
She was baptized at a young age at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Corinth, Mississippi by the late Rev. C. J. Lowe. She continued to be active in the church the remainder of her life. She seemed to have embraced the idea of the abundant life which Jesus Christ offers to those who believe and trust in him. With a deep love for Christ, an understanding knowledge of her church’s polity and a deep desire for Christian service, she served in various capacities in her church. One of her great joys of the church was when she had the opportunity to serve as mistress of ceremonies on special occasions. In this church duty she achieved an excellency and was called on many occasions to serve in this particular capacity. She had a humble, sincere way of working with people and people enjoyed being near her and working along with her. She was one who never complained about the adversities which she encountered in life. She would simply smile and keep on working for her God and her Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ.
She passed this life, on Friday, July 19, 1985, 10:45 a.m. in the CCU Intensive Care Unit of the Baton Rouge General Hospital in Baton Rouge. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, Rev. Charles Lloyd Washington, Sr. of Baton Rouge; three children: Jeanetta Washington Dunlap of Rochester, NY; Charles Washington, Jr., Portland, Texas and Mrs. Estella Baxter of Corinth, Mississippi; a brother, William Marcelle Baldwin, Jr., Chicago, IL; three grandchildren: Kenneth Wayne Washington, Jr., Mailyn Washington, and Charles Washington, III, a daughter-in-law, Lan Washington; a son-in-law, James L. Dunlap; one god-child, Portia Porter, Detroit, MI; a number of aunts, uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends. As was said of Abraham Lincoln at his death, “A giant oak tree has fallen in life and has left a lonesome place against the sky.” Bertha Lee, we will miss you for a long, long time to come.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p. 289-290 By Charles Lloyd Washington|