CHARLENE MARY SMITH, the beloved daughter of the late John Wesley Smith and the late Grace E. Smith Neal, was both on April 16, 1954. Charlene was the third child of four children and was spiritually nurtured at an early age by her devoted grandmother, the late Mary Jones, with whom she had a special bond. As a child she was under the tutelage of the late Revered Edward M. Revels and her devoted grandmother at Saint Paul Community Baptist Church. Later under the leadership of Rev. Gregory B. Perkins, Charlene served as a faithful usher. To be assured that her grandchildren maintained a solid Christian foundation, Charlene united with them at Israel Baptist Church, under Reverend Dr. Harlie W. Wilson II. She was apart of the Pastor's Aide Ministry, along with her late husband, Joseph Jennings.
Charlene received her formal education in the Baltimore City Public School System and graduated with honors from Eastern High School. She was bless with two beautiful children (Tiffany and Troy Brown) whom she cherished and raised to love and trust God. Later, she met and married the late Joseph Jennings and they spent 19 wonderful years together.
Charlene served as a caregiver at Hamilton Nursing Home, Brightwood Genesis Elder Care, and Johns Hopkins Hospital Bayview. She was a dedicated employee who inspired her patients, their families, as well as fellow employees. Her love for assisting the elderly, creativity, and passion for craft lead her to serve as the Activity Director at multiple senior care facilities. Even while in hospice. Charlene continued to uplift and motivate others with her beautiful works of art.
Charlene was a passionate and compassionate person, who enthusiastically enjoyed her God given ministry gifts of help, discernment and faith. She believed in the power of fervent prayer and witnessed its positive effect on her lives others. Committed to God and her purpose, Charlene was an advocate who went above and beyond caring for the welfare of others. She ceaselessly gave her time, talents, finances, heart and prayers. She eagerly fed the homeless, members of her community, pastor, family and friends. She was a caregiver who put others before her self. Being lead by the Holy Spirit, Charlene would drive in the midnight hours to rescue people from the trenches that had them trapped and escort them to a refuge. She would be the first to extend a hat to raise money to aide with unforeseen circumstances, funeral cost, rent and even recreational activities and adventures (parties, Disney World and cruise ships in a room). Though Charlene deeds did not go unnoticed, she did not want to receive recognition, she wanted God to receive The Glory. She had an unwavering desire for everyone she knew and met to know and love God. She enjoyed traveling, discussing current events, cracking jokes, dressing people in matching outfits, sharing snacks and laughter with her friends and family. Charlene will be remembered as the person that has touched more hearts than one could ever know. She leaves a compelling legacy that will always be remembered. On Sunday, August 20, 2023, God took Charlene by the hand and lead her into The Promise Land.
She was preceded in death by her sister Karen (Reginald) Winmond and uncle Herman A. Jones a.k.a.; brother.
Charlene leaves to cherish her fond memories; two children, Tiffany and Troy Brown (Tanika) and their father, Elijah Brown; one step-son, Joseph Jennings Jr.; one sister and brother, Sandra Ramseur and Wesley Smith; seven grandchildren, Marko Lang Jr., Troy Brown Jr., Tavon Brown, Malachi Brown, Octavia Pitts, Da'Shanay Brown a.k.a. Big Shirley, Sylvia Jones; six great grandchildren, Bryson Martinez, Avalyn Osorio, Nolyn Osorio, Jeff Lemon, Kaden Jones, Logan Blue and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and many friends.