Mary Washington

Mary Jane Washington (Peace)

March 16, 1934 - August 8, 2020
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Mary Jane Peace Washington was born March 16, 1934 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was raised by the late Mercy Morgan and her mother, the late Nannie Elizabeth Peace Morgan. She was preceded in death by her brothers Devlaming A. Peace, Sr. and Thurman Lewis Morgan. She was educated in Durham County Schools and graduated from Hillside High School in 1952. She graduated with an Associate Degree from NC Central University in Durham, NC. She married the late John Edward Washington, and from this union they had one child, Donja.

She was a member of Deliverance Tabernacle in Hillsborough, NC and St. John Baptist Church in Durham, NC for several years. She joined New Jerusalem Baptist Cathedral in 1984 as a chartered member where she became a prolific Sunday School Teacher and church supporter. She was New Jerusalem’s first Sunday School Superintendent. She loved her church and was a member of the Food Service Ministry, Hospitality Committee, Willing Workers, Pastor’s Aid, Adult and Mass Choirs, Church Historian, and Youth Director. She was New Jerusalem’s Mother of the Year in May 1994 and worked faithfully to achieve one of her personal life’s goals and that was to travel to and explore the Holy Land. This she did in September 1994.

Mary Jane worked at Duke Hospital as a Food Service Supervisor, after which she resumed her work career in retail at Woolworth’s Department Store, Pope’s True Value Hardware where she received accolades as Employee of the Month several times, and concluded her work career at Rose’s Discount Store. She loved interacting with the customers and they enjoyed conversations with her.

Mary leaves to fondly cherish her memory, her daughter, Donja Renee’ Washington of Reidsville, NC; two adopted daughters: Shannon Northern of Reidsville, NC and Faye Clarke of Greensboro, NC; and one adopted son Lee Joyner (Carol) of Durham, NC; six nieces and nephews: LaTasha King of Durham, NC; Manuel V. Peace (Annette) of Novi, MI; Devlaming A. Peace Jr. of Atlanta, GA; Karone P. Blondin (Weaver) of Belle Isle, FL; Christopher O. Peace (Donise) of Clinton, MD; and Devese J. Peace-Branch (Jonathan) of Portsmouth, VA; and a host of other cousins and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday August 11, 2020 | 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Tuesday August 11, 2020 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel
    419 Dowd St
    Durham, North Carolina 27701
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    Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel
    419 Dowd St.
    DURHAM, NC 27701
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Shannon Northern

Posted at 10:56pm
I will always remember the fun times that we had on our trips to the beach. Any wonderful beach would do. You would read your books in paperbacks, and I would read mine on my tablet. Coupled with a dip in the ocean to cool off periodically, a wonderful time was had by all. I will always cherish those memories. I love you so much, Mama Mary. It was my sincere pleasure to know you, to love you, and to help take care of you. Rest well my Angel. Love Always, Shannon.

Anna Hillman

Posted at 11:38am
Miss Mary was a very special woman. As her caregiver, I became extremely close with her. She has taught and inspired me in many ways. I will always have a special place for her in my heart. Sending love, prayers, and peaceful thoughts to Dee, Shannon, and the rest of their family.
With love, Anna Hillman

Crystal Henderson

Posted at 10:30am
I didn't get to see her in person but her daughter and daughter inlaw always talked great and Godly things of Ms: Mary. RIPN H

Mary Dennis

Posted at 09:38pm
Donja , I will always remember me,you, Mom, and Granny laughing,joking,and playing spades. This earth has lost a great woman and Heaven has gained an angel. I am blessed to have shared time with your Mom and my life is better for having known her. Love always, Mimi

mary clements

Posted at 04:41pm
All my condolences and prayers going out for the family from mrs mary c.clements and family

Crystal Henderson Posted at 10:34am


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