Lucille was born in Baltimore, Maryland December 31, 1935. She was the daughter of the late Isabelle and Jerkins Elam Sr. Lucille was a vibrant beautiful God fearing woman who God blessed beyond three score and ten. A woman that God endowed with great inner strength, she departed this life peacefully on July 29, 2021.
Lucille received her education in Baltimore City Public School system where she graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in February 1955 and continued to pursue her education throughout her lifetime. Her commitment to education allowed her to graduate from the Dunbar Sewing Class. Lucille’s ability to quickly learn and adapt to health skills allowed her to work at the former City Hospital currently known as the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was employed as a medical professional there for over 30 years until she retired.
Lucille received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age of 13. She loved the Lord and made a daily goal of striving to please Him in all that she did. Lucille was baptized on June 19, 1949 under the leadership of Pastor Rev. Dr. Edmond David Meade. She joined Israel Baptist Church located at the corners of Orlean and Bethel streets where she remained a faithful member until her health begin to fail. Although she was unable to attend physically she participated financially and spiritually to the advancement of Israel Baptist Church. She was an avid member of the Sunday School Ministry, Chorus, Pastor Aide Ministry, Bible Class as well as Vacation Bible School.
Lucille was happily married to the love of her life Roosevelt Parker whom she affectionately referred to as “Parker”. They were united in holy matrimony on July 26, 1958. They were a devoted couple who were married for over sixty-one years. There was not many times that you witnessed them apart from each other.
Lucille loved to sing God’s praises and oftentimes you would witness her singing one of the hymns of the church or a common meter song. She loved to lift her beautiful soprano voice and proclaim the good news about Jesus.
Lucille was affectionately referred to as “Nana” by her family. She was a loyal wife, a virtuous woman, a great mother and a loving and devoted grandmother. She was an avid reader, enjoyed watching the Evangelist and Spiritual Leaders on the Television, loved to order books and other items from the TV, loved to cook, enjoyed laughing, and most of all she enjoyed watching the “Madea” DVDs that made her laugh until her stomach began to hurt.
Lucille and Parker enjoyed traveling together for over thirty-five years around the various States attending the Lott Carey Foreign Missionary Convention as well as attended the Annual National Baptist Congress on Christian Education in various States and many out of State revivals.
Although Nana was not a member of Parker’s church she would attend faithfully to support him at his place of worship as a good wife should. Nana was faithful to her family. She loved attending events an occasions where her grandchildren shined! She really enjoyed cooking and eating with her family and she was known to be one of the best bakers in town.
Nana was a great mentor and loved sharing two dollar bills as a gift to the little children. She impacted lives far beyond teaching and what anyone could imagine. Whether she knew it or not she was a proclaimer of God’s Word, quoting scriptures or giving faith-based words of wisdom and advice. Nana shared a special bond with her grandchildren and was a faithful and dedicated Godmother as well. Nana will be missed.
Lucille’s patience, determination and strength helped her to endure the stressors associated with being physically limited to do a lot of things. Her life is a living example of Ephesians 4:32 — “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”
Lucille's devoted husband Deacon Roosevelt Parker, Jerome Collins and sister Barbara Towns preceded her in death.
Lucille “Nana” leaves to cherish her memories, two devoted sons David (Judy) and Derek (Sharon); four grandchildren Deidre, Danielle (Erique), Derek, Jr. and David Brandon; two great granddaughters Samaiya and Eryka; three brothers, Jerkins Jr. (Yolanda), James (Constance) and Jack Elam; two sister-in-laws, Vernita and Anna Mae; a devoted goddaughter, Charlotte (Lafonza). Lucille’s devoted husband Deacon Roosevelt Parker, Jerome, Collins and sister Barbara Towns preceded her in death. She also leaves to cherish a host of nieces, nephews and friends! Hallelujah, Nana is free!
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