I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (2 Timothy 4:7)
Arneda "Jolley" Spencer, age 85 was affectionately known to many family members as "Neda", passed away peacefully at home with family members on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019.
She was born on October 14, 1934 in Cambridge, Maryland, to Charles George and Rosie Etta Ward Jolley. She was the ninth child of nine children. Arneda was honored to had graduated in the first class to graduate from Maces' Lane High School in 1953.
Arneda was employed at numerous sewing factories in Cambridge and the last factory she worked at was Rob Roy Clothing Factory. She retired in 2010 from Dorchester County Board of Education, after many years as a Maintenance Engineer and later as a substitute Food Service Worker.
Arneda began her spiritual journey at an early age at Hughes Mission located in Dorchester County. She began singing under the direction of Ms. Elsie Chase at Christ Rock United Methodist Church. In 1959, Arneda and her sisters, Rosie and Annie Mae became members of Faith Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She was a faithful member and held numerous offices within the church, such as, Church Pianist, Sabbath School Teacher, Community Service Leader, Church Clerk, Pathfinder Counselor and Women Ministry.
Arneda loved to sing along with her sisters, Annie Mae and Rosie, as a trio known as "The Jolley Sisters". Her favorite songs were, "It is well", Deeper Yet, He looked beyond my faults, and I don't tell it enough". She wasn't afraid to open her mouth and sing praises to the Lord. She sang perfect tenor and could carry a choir section by herself. Arneda, along with her sisters sang everywhere they were requested to sing as a Trio until she was unable.
She enjoyed cooking, sewing, traveling, visiting sick and shut-ins, sharing her faith, giving Bible studies, camping and playing games. She enjoyed watching, Property Brothers, Family Feud and America Says. She also, loved word search. Anything to keep her mind occupied. Mostly, she enjoyed studying the Bible praying and praising God.
Arneda loved to hug, and her favorite place (besides her home and church) was Walmart. She would say, "I got so many hugs today in Walmart", and she looked forward to those visits.
On December 10, 1955, Arneda was joined in holy matrimony to the late Harvey Spencer. From that union five children were born. Harvey Jr, Terrence, Cynthia, Charles and Ivydene.
Arneda along with her late husband Harvey, she helped to raise great nephew Keith Boswell and grandchildren, Gary and Ikeia.
Arneda is preceded in death by her parents, her husband (Harvey), 4 sisters: Mary Jolley, Bertie Wongus, Naomi Thompson and Rosie Jones; 3 brothers: Charles, John and James Jolley; 4 nephews: Phillip, Donald and David Thompson and Charles Wongus Jr.
She leaves a legacy to cherish her memories, a very special sister and best friend, Annie Mae Murray; 4 sons: Harvey, Terrence (Patricia), Charles and Keith Boswell (Ariel); 2 daughters: Cynthia Spencer and Ivydene Elliott (Rodney); 10 grandchildren: Gary Bryan (Lakeithia), Ikeia Revelle (Mike), Tiffany Presmy (Johnson), Rodney Elliott Jr, Inea Elliott, Keita Bailey, Jamarr Matthews, Satira Wongus, Willie Wongus III, and Lewis Wilson (Lanika); 10 great grandchildren: Angelo Johnson, Jakai Bryan, Aniya Bryan, Makenzie Revelle, Mikayla Revelle, Ayonbre' Wongus, Jackson Wilson, Deja, Dajonna and Ronald Matthews; a brother-in-law, Charles Spencer (Delores) of Washington, D.C.; a sister-in-law, Joyce Spencer of Newark, New Jersey, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, other relatives, and friends.
She had a very special relationship with her niece Doris Jones (Asbury), and her nephews: Thomas (Darlene), Levin and Richard Jolley, Edwin Thompson, Levin Jolley Jr and Terrell Murray; special daughters: Joyette Wilson, Renako Randall, Joy Cornish, Rudeara Bailey, Cheryl Wilson Robinson, Marcia Bailey, Cindy Meekins and Sharon Chester, and her beloved church family of Faith and New Life Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Cambridge and Salisbury, Maryland.
A WONDERFUL MOTHER
GOD MADE US A WONDERFUL MOTHER
A MOTHER TO US THAT NEVER GREW OLD
GOD MADE HER SMILE OF THE SUNSHINE
AND HE MADE MOM A HEART OF PURE GOLD
IN HER BEAUTIFUL EYES, GOD PLACED BRIGHT
SHINING STARS AND IN HER ROSEY CHEEKS YOU SEE
GOD MADE US A WONDERFUL MOTHER
AND HE GAVE THAT DEAR MOTHER TO ME/US