Annette Spaulding August 13, 1939 - December 8, 2013

Annette R. Spaulding, loving wife of Romeo O. Spaulding, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 8, 2013 while resting peacefully at her home in Capitol Heights, MD. Annette was born August 13, 1939 to Douglas and Dora Richardson of Birmingham, Alabama, the fifth of eight children. Annette began her Christian walk in life at an early age at Saint James AME Church, Birmingham, AL. She graduated from Western Olin High School and received her BA degree in Science and Biology from Miles College in Birmingham, AL. She came to Washington, DC in 1961 where she met the love of her life, Romeo Spaulding. They were married on January 23, 1962 in Rockville, MD. Her first work experience was with the US Postal Service in Washington D.C. from 1964-1968. She transferred to the District of Columbia Public School System and taught science (K-7.) She retired in June 1995 from Robert Brent Elementary School after 31 years of creditable government service. During this time, she completed her post graduate work at Trinity University, DC Teachers College and the University of Missouri. Her church membership in the Washington DC area includes New Bethel Baptist Church, Bethel Bible Church and currently Grace Brethren Church in Clinton, MD. She has served as a Sunday school teacher, nursery worker, fellowship committee member, and youth worker. She always found time to help any child with science projects both at the schools and in the community. She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband, Romeo Spaulding; children Valerie S. Parker (Victor), Bowie, MD, Bernardine S. Evans (Gary), Washington, D.C., Vincent R. Spaulding (Dorothy), Birmingham, AL, Alva S. Canady, (Stephan), Laurel, MD, Kevin R. Spaulding, Greenbelt, MD; and nine grandchildren, Vincente Parker, Victor Parker Jr., Vanessa Parker, Jasmine Canady, Graham Evans, Kayla Evans, Joshua Canady, Joslyn Canady and Nicholas Evans. She is also survived by her sister, Dolores Gilchrist and brother, Douglas Richardson (Vivian) of Birmingham, AL; her mother-in-law, Sarah Spaulding ,Whiteville, NC; brothers-in-law, Clark Arnold, Cephas Spaulding (Ann), Whiteville, NC, Ralph Spaulding ,Tucson, AZ; and sisters-in-law Virginia Johnson , Washington, D.C, Vivian Gore, Sarah Carmichael, Lena (Ocie) Spaulding Whiteville, NC, Betty Spaulding , Capital Heights, MD; and special uncles and aunts, Clarence and Mary Spaulding and Willie and Evelyn Clark; special nieces Anita Horton, Rosalyn Pugh, and Anissa Pugh and special nephew Kenneth Pugh. To these are added a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors. She is preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Dora Richardson; her daughter, Karen R. Spaulding; and five sisters, Eloise Pugh, Rose White, Jean Fuller, Barbara Miller and Beverly Burch. Her life was a demonstration of “The Way You Love.”

Resolution of Sorrow and Respect To Honor

Annette Richardson Spaulding

"Since it has pleased Almighty God to take our beloved sister on to her reward where she will join that great cloud of witnesses in the heavens”

WHEREAS, Annette Richardson Spaulding was the wife of over fifty years to Cousin Romeo O. Spaulding and a loving mother to Valerie, Bernardine, Vincent, Alva, Kevin, Karen (deceased), and a surrogate mother to Anita, Roslyn, Kenneth, and Anissa. WHEREAS, her surviving siblings are Dolores and Douglas whom she loved dearly. WHEREAS, she was a devoted grandmother who doted on her grandchildren: Vincente, Victor, Vanessa, Jasmine, Graham, Kayla, Joshua, Nicholas, Jocelyn, Maleka, Jahon, Talore, Aliana, Justice, and Saige. WHEREAS, Annette had a rewarding and productive teaching career for 31 years in the District of Columbia Public School System, where she was an exemplary Science Resource Teacher, grades K thru 7. WHEREAS, she was a long standing member of Bethel Bible and Grace Brethren Churches for over 30 years. At these churches, she worked diligently in the nurseries and on the hospitality committees. She also taught Sunday School classes, tutored and provided encouragement and motivation for the youth. WHEREAS, upon her retirement from the educational system, Annette still had a desire to help improve the lives of others. She and Cousin Romeo volunteered at the Food Bank operated by the Bradbury Boulevard Heights Civic Association, which is located at the John E. Howard Center, Capital Heights, Maryland. WHEREAS, still in retirement, she became a Certified Judge of Science Fairs which were held in the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area. Annette used her expertise in science to help youth in churches, the community, and at family reunions. She not only assisted her own children, but used her science knowledge to help children throughout the Metropolitan area. WHEREAS, Annette and her husband, Cousin Romeo, were regular participants at our Spaulding Family Reunions. She supervised the youth and organized children’s activities at the 2008 Family Reunion held in Washington, DC. She also assisted in the children’s suites at several other Family Reunions. WHEREAS, Annette’s motto that she lived by was, “How do you love?” Let us ponder that question. WHEREAS, it has saddened the hearts of the Descendants of Benjamin and Edith Spaulding, friends, and loved ones on this earth; we surrender her to our Almighty Heavenly Father because He has assured us that in His arms will be a peaceful rest. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we embrace the family because all of us have a common bond that will connect us for the rest of your lives. We cannot replace Annette Richardson Spaulding, but will continue to demonstrate the love, compassion and example of excellence that she has shown to others throughout her life. FINNALY, BE IT RESOLVED, that this resolution be tendered to the family and a copy kept in our family archives as a humble expression of our heartfelt sympathy and resignation to the Almighty Heavenly Father with the love, grace and mercy He has granted to us.

This the 14th day of December in the Year 2013

Respectfully submitted by, Milton E. Campbell, BESDA, Inc.National President

Bernard Goins, Chairman Carrie Thompson Valerie Peacock BESDA, Inc. Bereavement Resolutions Committee

Funeral Arrangements: Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013 Place: Grace Brethren Church 6501 Surratts Rd. Clinton, MD 20735 Greet the Family- 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Funeral- 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Burial- Cedar Hill Cemetery 4111 Pennsylvania Ave. Suitland, MD 20746 Repast after burial at Grace Brethren Church

[Updated: Monday, Dec 9, 2013 8:30 PM]