Mary J. Britt was a longtime member of Beulah Baptist Church.
She died on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. She was 94.
She was born Oct. 5, 1920 to the late Charlie and Cornelia Patillo in Warrenton, N.C. She was the eldest of five girls.
Britt was educated in the Norfolk school system and ended her education at Booker T. Washington High School. She later became employed with the School District of Philadelphia.
She married George G. Britt on Nov. 3, 1944 in Portsmouth, Va. Seven children were born to their union. Due to her husband being in Navy, the family lived in many states including Florida, California and Massachusetts before making Pennsylvania their home.
Britt was a devoted member of Beulah Baptist Church where she served on the flower club and usher board.
Her family said Britt was a quiet Southern belle. Her hobbies included cooking, baking and collecting birds and elephants.
Despite falling ill in July, her family said Britt became even more alive in spirit.
“Always enjoying a good laugh, she had a delightful sense of humor which she kept until the end, but her greatest characteristics were her huge heart and concern for those she loved,” her family said.
“She worried about everyone, even when she herself was ill.”
She was preceded in death by her son George Jr.; daughter Denise and her sisters Lue Ida, Clementine and Rotelia.
She is survived by her children Wilhelmenia, Anthony (Erdeen), Andre (Laura), Kevin, Sr. and Malika; grandchildren: Malik, Angela, Kyi, Kirsten, Kanye (Rosalyn), Omeka, Andre Jr. (Selina), Dominique, Alexandria, Ettieanna, Kisa (Hubert), Glenda, Ebony, Kevin Jr., Antonio, Ikirah and Nashirah; goddaughter Deborah; 36 great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Services were held on Oct. 31 at Beulah Baptist Church, 5001 Spruce St.