A DC Public Schools colleague died last Friday. Her name was Vanessa Countee. I always loved her smile, southern drawl and country charm. I fondly remember her regular greeting of "Hey Gurl !" Vanessa battled a long term illness, which she kept private. While I knew she had been sick, I wished I would have known how serious her condition was so our work group could have done more and bid our last good byes.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. This is why it is so important to live life to the fullest so we don't have any regrets in the end. Tell those that matter that you care about them, while they are still here. Miss you Vanessa Gurl! Rest in peace, my friend. Vanessa's funeral will be held this Friday. (obituary below).
Vanessa Faye Countee peacefully entered into eternal rest on Friday, July 27, 2012. She was the daughter of deceased William and Helen Jones; sister of Jonathan Jones (Valerie), Adrian Jones (Sylvia) of Atlanta, GA and Monica Moore of Los Angeles, CA. Cherishing her memories are ex-husband, Roniotis Thomas of Washington, DC; two step-daughters, Angel and Alexis; four nephews, Jelani, Jabari, Micaiah and Malik; and one niece, Pedra.
Vanessa was a Social Worker for the DC Public School System and Premium Select Home Care. She was employed by Georgetown University Hospital. She received her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology at Talladega College where she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work at Howard University.
The homegoing service will be held at Mount Cavalry Baptist Church, 5120 Whitfield Chapel Road, Lanham, MD 20706, Friday, August 3, viewing from 10 to 11 a.m.; Service starting promptly at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery. The repast will follow at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Services entrusted to J.B. Jenkins Funeral Homes, Inc., Landover, Maryland.