DeCota Mae Camper George was born on March 10, 1938, from the union of the late Florence and Sylvester Camper, Sr of Cambridge, Maryland. As a key figure in the Camper family, DeCota, affectionately known as “Coty”, “Coty Mae” and “Momma Cota”, was a loving wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to so many. DeCota embarked on a new journey leaving us many thoughtful and loving memories on Tuesday, August 15, 2018. At the time of her passing, DeCota briefly stayed at the Genesis Chesapeake Nursing Home facility in Cambridge, Maryland.
DeCota attended Dorchester County Public Schools and graduated from Maces Lane High School in 1956. Growing up as a resident of the South Pine Street community, DeCota was known to quickly defend her siblings and any other resident of South Pine Street. Her love for her family and friends was infinite. As one of six siblings, they enjoyed playing marbles, hopscotch, and other outdoor activities, most of all spending time with one another. As a young child she attended St. Luke United Methodist Church in Cambridge, MD, where she learned to value the love of God.
From a previous marriage, her only child, Bernadette Bailey was born and preceded her in death in 2001. They enjoyed their time together and especially enjoyed watching the Soap Operas and sharing their Sunday dinners.
DeCota’s first job was with Campbell’s factory and she soon gained employment with RJ Reynolds for 32 years. She was a dedicated and reliable worker and she treasured her relationships with her extended work family. She worked at RJ Reynolds from October 31, 1962, until she retired in 1994.
On August 12, 1983, DeCota married Oscar Lee George. From this union, DeCota gained two sons and one daughter and an extended family filled with love. God’s grace provided DeCota and George another opportunity to share their life together and we are thankful for a celebration of 35 years prior to her transition.
DeCota’s Christian journey was renewed at Zion Baptist Church and she late moved her membership to New Revelations Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess. She was an active member until her health prevented her from attending however, her faith remained strong. She loved listening to the various Gospel television and radio stations while praising the Lord. When asked how she was feeling she would say, “I’m holding on”. DeCota enjoyed watching television before losing her sight, she enjoyed football and baseball cheering on the Ravens and the Orioles, talking on the telephone with her family and friends and most of all eating. After a good meal “Coty” was known for saying she was “tight as a tick in a dog pound”. “Momma Cota” was a gentle giant with a kind and loving heart. She was also a lifetime member of Progressive of Dorchester Temple #224 of Cambridge, Maryland.
DeCota leaves to mourn and to cherish her memories, a loving husband, Oscar; four step-children, Carlton George, Cynthia Harris, Tyrone George, and Dexter (Lisa) George; one sister, Delores Perry; three brothers, Sylvester (Gloria) Camper Jr, Eugene (Rosa) Camper, and Medford Camper; three brothers-in-law, Allen (Ann) George Sr, John (Madelene) George, and David George; sister-in-law Elizabeth Polk and a host of nieces, nephews, and treasured friends.
DeCota was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda Regina Bailey; and her eldest sister, Mable C. Bailey and parents, Florence and Sylvester Camper Sr.