“Mother’s Day with my mother and my mother-in-law was priceless. It’s always a blessing watching them enjoy the feast with each other and the smiles on their faces when they are with family,” said Towanda Jones. The mothers who were being honored were Minion Contee, mother of Towanda Jones, Kevin Contee and Melvin Contee and me, Priscilla F. Jones, mother of Towanda’s husband, my son, John W. Jones Jr. Also enjoying her dinner at Annies Paramount Steak and Seafood House, was Amalia Signa.

We all gave thanks to our waitress, Angela, who served us our food, drinks and desserts that she wrapped and put in bags for the two mothers. It was an interesting ride going to and from the restaurant as we all looked up and saw the sign in big letters that said “Drive Like Your Mother is Watching.” In spite of the rain, wind and cool weather, it was indeed, a wonderful Mother’s Day!

May is a special month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, time for everyone to get up and get fit. The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation has lots of free and low-cost fitness programs available at the parks, community centers and sports facilities where you can have an opportunity to just “get up and get fit.” You can go to such places as Watkins Regional Park at 301 Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro, Louise F. Cosca Regional Park at 1199 Thrift Road in Clinton and Kentland Community Center at 2413 Pinebrook Ave. in Landover, as well as several other nearby places.

Reminder: You might want to venture to the yard sale on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Thomas Church at 14300 St. Thomas Church Road in Upper Marlboro.

Celebration with love

Brenda Joyce Hall, born Sept. 19, 1940, the first child of Denise and Columbus Hall, departed this life on Saturday, April 20. She attended Margaret Murray Washington Vocational School in Washington, D.C., where she studied business education. Her employment career life included working at the Pentagon and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she retired after 40 years of employment. While employed at HUD, she joined a group of women who were taught crocheting by a coworker, Priscilla Jones. She made lots of gifts that she gave to her family and friends. She also loved to take bus trips with her family and friends.

Brenda did some research for her family genealogy that she shared with her family. She was a friend to lots of neighbors and coworkers through the years.

Evelyn Perry remembers Brenda from the time they worked together at the Pentagon. They had some very good moments of social activities, eating not only lunch together, but going to special places to eat and enjoy time together.

The Tribute of Honor and Love for Brenda Joyce Hall was held Saturday, May 11, at Unity Life Ministries at 5210 Auth Road in Suitland, Bishop Raymond Horton III, paster and overseer. Her memories will be cherished by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Bryan and Teresa Harkins and Jokari and Teresa Butler, her sibilings, Bruce Hall (Pheona) Sandra (Pat) Hall, Eric Hall and Columbus (Mickey) Hall (Sharon), six grandchildren and her nieces and nephews, cousins, good friend Cynthia Workman and all her friends. The program included scripture readings by the Rev. Kim Terry and Gwen Banks, Prayer of Comfort by minister Darian Coles and the Eulogy of Assurance by the Rev. John E. Richardson. Professional services were entrusted to Reese Funeral Professionals of Alexandria, Va.