Today we gather to pay tribute to the Life of Esther (Sis) Virginia Brown Bond. She was born
November 13, 1941 to her parents John R and Katherine Brown in Sherwood. She made her
home in Baltimore, until she returned to Cambridge to enjoy her glory days close to her children.
She fought a good fight a strong warrior holding onto God's unchanging hand until he gently
whispered come to me. After a lengthy illness she transitioned into eternal life on January 10,
2019 receiving care at the Talbot Hospice House surrounded by her loving family.
She was educated in the Talbot County School system. After completing her education, she held
various positions in the community. Her fondest memories were created while working in
seafood down Lowes Wharf. In Baltimore she touched lives as she worked as a Medication Aide
at Stella Maris Nursing Home until illness prevented her from working
Her family was her most valuable asset. She enjoyed getting all her children together for
cookouts during the summer and Thanksgiving. Her burgers on the grill cannot be duplicated
there was something special in them Mommas love. She loved going to yard sales and earned the
nickname scavenger because she could not pass one by. She loved to ride out never really
having a set destination, she would just tell us to “ride me.”
She was baptized in Jesus name at Pentecostal Temple Church in Cambridge, under the
leadership of Bishop Elect Samuel A. Brisco, Sr. and First Lady Valerie Brisco. She loved
attending church service that was the highlight of her week. She loved her church family, she
would often call her Pastor son. The seat beside the First Lady belonged to her, no matter where
they went, she went with them and maintained her seat beside Lady Brisco. In sickness and
health she was faithful if she made it to the door, she was going to serve God and her Pastor. To
the church family she will always be Mom Esther.
Over the years she has belonged to various clubs and organizations she was a past member of
the CB club where she was known as Lady Bad News 349. She could handle the mic with the best
of them. Eastern Star Lodge and The United Church National Usher Board in Baltimore.
Current member of the Pentecostal Temple Church Usher Board carrying on her duties to best of
her ability. She loved to be in the line for the Usher March.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert L. Bond, a son Michael L
Sanchez Sr.; brothers: Ned Horsey, Leroy Grace, Harry and John Brown; sister Alice M.
Bowie, brother in-laws: Cozy Mitchell and John Bowie.
Those left behind to pay honor and tribute to the life she lived, embracing the beautiful memories
to bring them comfort one son, Danny Sanchez (Beverly) of Bridgeville, DE; 4
daughters: Gail Sanchez of Cambridge, Carolyn Pinder-Dixon (Keith), Angela Kane (Edwin) of
Easton, Shawanna Dawson (William) of Cambridge; one adopted son Hosea Sanchez of
Baltimore, one step-daughter Lorraine Bond, one daughter in-law Annette Brooks-Sanchez of
Easton, one Sister Mary Ann Mitchell of Baltimore; 2 sisters-in-law: Helen and Audrey
Brown of Baltimore; 21 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, her Butterball (Zy’Heem) could
always put a smile on her face as they would argue about which one was named Butterball;
special friends: Ralph Todd, Paulette Haynes and Karen Gibson, and a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
If she could still speak, we would hear her say “Praise the Lord church, God has been good to
me.” We wished for forever but forever was not promised but there is hope in the resurrection
that we may meet again someday. Peace be unto all of us as we take a note from her life and
allow the light of Jesus to shine in our lives.