Selena E. Maillard, a health care worker, died on Thursday, June 27, 2019. She was 88.
She was born Sept. 26, 1930, as a fraternal twin to the late Albert and Helen Lee Noel in King and Queen County, Virginia.
When her father passed away in the mid-1930s, her mother returned to Philadelphia to seek employment to provide for her family. Her paternal grandmother Noel helped raise Maillard and her five siblings. Noel died in the early 1940s and her maternal grandmother Maria Lee moved from Philadelphia to Virginia to take care of Maillard and her siblings.
She grew up with her five siblings. She attended school in the King and Queen County and King William County school systems. She graduated from Beverly Allen High School in West Point, Virginia, in 1948. After graduating, she moved to Philadelphia to live with her mother.
Maillard was employed as a domestic worker. She later obtained training in the City of Philadelphia’s health care system and was employed as a health care worker for several years. She enjoyed helping people.
She was married to the late George Maillard and one son, Tyrone, was born to their union in 1955.
Maillard desired to learn more about the Bible and God. She was introduced to a study of the Bible by her cousin, Vivian Jones.
Maillard was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness in 1975. She served as a pioneer and attended Pioneer School twice. She witnessed and enjoyed spreading the word whenever she could.
Another one of Maillard’s joys was traveling. She traveled to Switzerland, Paris, Canada and other countries.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son; grandmother; brothers, Lieutenant Bradley, Herbert Noel Sr. and twin Edward Noel; sisters, Dorothy Patton and Ersell Reed; nieces, Shirley Patton and Brenda Waters; and nephews, Mark Noel and Carl Noel.
She is survived by: her granddaughters, Netyah Maillard, Tiara Maillard Robinson and Noella Maillard; daughter-in-law, Neshamah Maillard; sister, Constance Jones; cousin, Vivian Jones; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held July 14 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3001 S. 84th St.
Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.