Glenda Jean Bond known to everyone as “Jean”, was born on June 1, 1951, in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Mamie Lee Bond and Alfred Bond Sr. Jean was a beacon of hope for many and was loved for her honesty. She could always be counted on to tell the truth; regardless of the circumstance.
As a young girl she grew up watching her mother in the kitchen. She loved to cook anything and would always say, “I can burn!” Jean had the biggest heart. She would feed anyone who came to her home. Jean had a warm, fun-loving spirit. She would be in the mirror drawing on her eyebrows and singing, “Why am I so beautiful. Why do all the guys say hey?”
Jean took pride in being a very tidy person, in every aspect of her life. She loved cleaning so much that she made a career out of it. She served as an Environmental Service supervisor, which she did for over 30 years. Her favorite place to work was at the Baltimore City Police Department’s Eastern District, where she worked for 10 years. She was well loved and respected by the BCPD officers and staff. She would often refer to the officers as her “Boys.” Jean also did private cleaning of office buildings as well as homes. Everyone loved her, and her work was impeccable.
Jean was a member of New Covenant Tabernacle church. She loved hearing Pastor Thomas Schwind preach. According to Pastor Schwind, she made it her business to let him know how well he did. Her faith allowed her to navigate life and be hopeful. She would always say, “Going to church made her feel like a new woman”.
Jean loved to do so many things, such as cooking, cleaning, reading, coloring, crossword puzzles and board games. She especially had the gift of making people laugh. You could count on her to say or do something funny that would bring you to tears. Jean was an avid reader. She would visit the Central Enoch Pratt Library and check out at least 15-20 books. She really enjoyed reading novel sequels.
Jean was the life of the party. She created a good time wherever she went. Her smile and laughter illuminated any room she entered. Her kind spirit allowed her to connect with so many people. She would talk to everyone, which would leave a lasting impression on them. She was truly one of a kind.
Jean looked at motherhood as one of her greatest achievements. She was blessed with four daughters whom she filled with love, grace, compassion, and hope. Jean enjoyed her Aggravation game marathons with Vanessa, and when she would win, she’d say, “Tell your friends about me.” She also enjoyed hanging out at Patricia’s house, socializing and cooking. Jean loved assisting Trina with holiday decorating which entailed lots of laughter. She often depended on Sharonda to come to her house to move or fix something and to make her laugh.
Jean’s legacy will always be her grandchildren. She created everlasting memories with them, and she cherished every moment. Her love for her grandchildren was unconditional. All holidays and birthdays spent were a serious matter at her house. She was adamant about her grandchildren taking advantage of opportunities, completing their education, as well as breaking generational curses. Her love for her grandchildren transcended to her great-grandchildren. They all adored the ground she walked on, and they never wanted to go home. They could do no wrong in her eyes. Jean’s profound light and legacy will live on through all her family and friends.
“Queen” Glenda Jean Bond is preceded in death by her parents Mamie Lee Bond and Alfred Bond Sr.
Jean leaves to mourn her beloved daughters: Vanessa Bond, Patricia Hood, Trina Bond and Sharonda Baylor; twelve sisters, Brenda, Phyllis, Alfreda, Anita, Shirley, Lisa, Leslie, Julia, Jannette, Claudette, Sheila, and Charlette; four brothers, Alfred Jr., Herman, Marcus, and Julian; thirteen grandchildren, Darrin, Sharmanique, Chiquita, Brittney, Lamont, Timothy, Chance, Owen, Tremaine, Aniya, Antonio’ya, Kamiya, and Zion; sixteen great-grandchildren; one close niece and nephew, Kimberly and Michael; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and friends.