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Evelyn Vernita Crumes Mays-Hill was born December 15,1934 to Bishop William E. Crumes and Missionary Dorothy E. Crumes (Marshall) in Louisville, Ky (both of whom preceded her in death). To this union 2 children were born, Evelyn Vernita and William (Billy) Jr. Billy died as an infant from a blood disease. As a result, Vernita was raised as an only child.
Vernita’s early education was in the public school system in Louisville, Ky. As fate would have it with her father, being a minister in The Church of the Living God, C. W. F. F., he was assigned to Cincinnati in 1948 when Vernita was 14 years old. She was so upset to the point that she expressed to her parents that she was not going. You can imagine the disappointment she may have felt leaving her friends behind as she was entering high school. She eventually adjusted as she began to make friends in church and attended Hughes High School, of which she graduated in 1953. One friend that she had and became particularly close to was Elaine Mays. Elaine could sing and often played the piano at church. Elaine and Vernita spent a lot of time together. Elaine had three brothers. One, in particular caught Vernita’s eye. Like any good friend would do, Elaine introduced her brother, Odeen to Vernita. The rest is history!
On August 29, 1953, Odeen and Vernita were joined in Holy Matrimony. They remained a happy, loving couple for nearly twenty years until Odeen’s untimely death July 28,1973. To this union were born, Stephanie, Carmelita and Odeen, Jr. Once their young children became more self-sufficient, Vernita pursued an education in nursing. She was a natural born caregiver and nurturer. She enjoyed helping others. Her bubbly personality was contagious and filled a room with joy. Vernita was a social butterfly, a true people person. She touched her patients’ hearts with her kind and gentle spirit, and she never met a stranger. She was genuinely a great person with a caring nature. Not only did her sweet personality have a positive impact on her secular work, but it was also equally effective in her church work. Over the years, she served in many capacities in the church. She would serve on the Ministries of Helps as a member of the Nurses Guild. She served as a Y.P.P.U. president as well as a sponsor. She sang in the senior choir for many years and was also a member of the Representation Fee Committee. Years ago, some of the ladies would sponsor patron’s lists to raise money for the Church Anniversary. Vernita enjoyed supporting the church while doing this task.
Vernita had a wonderful sense of fashion and enjoyed dressing to impress. She procured an impressive hat collection and there was rarely a Sunday morning that you did not see her sporting one of those impressive hats as the crown on top of a regal outfit.
As a mother, she was the true matriarch of her family. She adored her children and always encouraged them to do their very best in everything they did. The bond that she shared with each of her children was different but very loving. After having two girls she finally bore a son; believe me, he was the favorite!
On Thursday, February 1,2024, God called his daughter from labor to reward. Her life ended where it all began 89 years ago, in Louisville, KY.
Vernita leaves many precious memories for many to cherish. She is survived by her three children, Stephanie, Carmelita and Odeen, Jr. Ten grandchildren: Desmond, William (Tianieka), Oscar, Phillip, Henry III, Crystal (Chris), Tiffany, Carmelita (Kayla), Alexandria and Wadonn; 16 great-grandchildren, and a few special young ladies that were considered her bonus daughters: Judy, Tunja, Amber, Denise, Crystal, Nicole, Daija and Jamie. There are other loving family members and an abundance of dear friends and colleagues, both local as well as and throughout the Brotherhood, who will always remember her smile, fashion sense and bubbly personality.
We love you and will miss you so much. Sleep on Mother, take your rest, though we’ll miss you down here, God alone knows best.
Respectfully and lovingly submitted by the Family.