Obituary of Eunice Helena Ford
Eunice Helena Ford entered this world on June 28, 1936, to Robert and Beatrice Bell. She was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and was the second oldest of four children. She completed this life's course on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, while at home.
Eunice was united in holy matrimony to Hempel Ford on October 21, 1951, in Elkton, Maryland. She had three children. Her spiritual journey began in St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey. During her adult years she became a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Atlantic City.
Eunice was eployed as a seamstress with the M. C. Shrank Factory, Atlantic City Coat Factory, and worked at Atlantic City Hospital. She also served as a security guard at Resorts Casino. In the community, she served several years as President of the Tenants' Association of Shore Park High Rise.
Eunice loved to travel, play Pokeno, and host cookouts and crab parties. She also loved to listen to jazz. Yet, her passion was sewing. She was a seamstress for the everyday person as well as for celebrities such as Jimmy Smith. She was so gifted in her craft that she could make a garment for you without using a pattern. She called her business "U-Nice", using the motto, "sewing for you - a perfect fit." Eunice was a dream weaver. She had an entrepreneurial spirit, which was one of the reasons she moved to Washington, District of Columbia and Los Angeles, California for a few years.
Eunice was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Beatrice Bell. One sister, Reverend Barbara Bell, also predeceased her.
Eunice Helena Ford leaves to cherish her memory: three children, Dorita E. Braithwaite (Lewis, I) of Clinton, Maryland, John H. Ford of Poconos, Pennsylvania, and Joy A. Burriss of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; one brother, Cornelius D. Bell of Atlantic City; one sister, Tasha Jones of Mount Laurel, New Jersey; twelve grandchildren, John, Jr., Kareem, Lorenzo, Carl, Jr., Lewis, II, Joaquina, Cortnie, Jon-Ta, Jay, Jasmine, Derek and Tamika. She will also be remembered by seven nieces and nephews, Dietra, Karen, Edmond, David, Vaughn, Tara and Enjoli, in addition to several great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.