Clarissa Jean Smith was born on March 25, 1948. She was the first of four children born to Thelma Luvenia “Gladden” and Edward Allen Smith SR. of Valley Lee, Maryland. She departed this earthly life Monday, January 23, 2023, at 3:30 A.M. at the Baptist Medical Center South Jacksonville, Florida.
Clarissa accepted Christ in her life, under the leadership of the late great Doctor Reverend Rudy C Brooks. A dedicated and faithful servant to our Lord, and to her church, St Mark UAME Church. Serving as Secretary, Pastor’s Steward, Vice President of Missionary, and member of the Magnolia Choir for a great number of years was a joy of her life. She found joy in bringing youth to and from Saturday school and planning youth activities. She loved her family, and her special bond with her younger brother, Michael and sister-in-love, Shirley, was unmatched. Her children and grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She loved to talk with family and friends about the bible and family history (she could hold her own bible study). She was a loving surrogate to many (so many to name; she loved them all)[ always willing to give a helping hand and motivation to many.
Clarissa earned her high school diploma from the St Mary’s County school system. Clarissa was a dedicated employee of Oakville and Lincoln Daycare Centers. Before retiring, she was employed as Child Care Welfare Clerk with the State of Maryland Department of Social Services. Clarissa enjoyed beating her family in playing Scrabble and watching Jeopardy.
She was pre-deceased in death by her mother, Thelma L Smith; father, Edward A Smith Sr.; daughter, Tyata Morgan; son, Robert E. Morgan Jr.; brothers, Edward A. Smith, Jr., Robert L Smith, and niece, Kimberly Briscoe.
She is survived by her brother, John M. Smith (Shirley); daughters, Bernadette L. Hawkins (Medgar), Lorraine M. Burke (Decato); son, Aaron D. Morgan, Sr. (Kimberly); grandchildren, Tyata Brown, Darius Hawkins, Marquise Hawkins (Maggie) KaNeisha Morgan, Aaron Morgan, Jr., Tiarre Morgan, Chantel Morgan, Mariah Morgan, Marcelis Somerville, Malik Somerville, Alissa Morgan, DeQuan Morgan, DeVonte Morgan and Anthony Rhodes, 13 great-grandchildren; nephew, Edward A. Smith lll; nieces, Charlene Ball, Ann Woodard (Richard), Tamiko Belcher (Lionel) and Denise Miles (Tony); one Godson, La Royce Jordan; two Goddaugthers, Tamiko Belcher and Toya Williams; special sister, Sadie Morgan, and special friends, Edith Jeffiers, Flouarine Brown, Iva Micheau and special daughters, Tonjia Cochran and Tia Bryant and a host of other relatives and friends.
Family and friends will unite on Monday, February 6, 2023 for visitation at 10 am until time of service at 11 am at First Missionary Baptist Church, 46370 Pegg Lane, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Interment to follow at St. Mark UAME Church cemetery, 45685 Happyland Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692.
Clarissa was my coworker for many years. She was always kind and calm and positive. She loved her family. She had a wonderful way of soothing people who were upset or going through a hard time. Rest in Peace my friend.
My condolences to Clarissa’s family and friends. I worked with Clarissa, and I know Smitty too. Both so kind. May she rest in peace.
Sending condolences on the loss of a beautiful person. You were such a pleasant, sweet person. You will truly be missed. Bernadette, Lorraine and Aaron your mom was truly special. Remember the memories you all made. Keeping you all in prayer.
In that great getting up morning, FAIR THEE WELL, FAIR THEE WELL. There’s a better day a coming, FAIR THEE WELL…. My MOMMY lived for this day. Her obedience and faith has been a great source of tolerance. Her faith right to the end of her earthly existence has made it such a tolerable loss. My heart is broken BUT I know that the life and my MOMMY’S steadfastness was not in vain. She spread her joy and sunshine ☀ to EVERYONE she met. THANK GOD FOR MOMMY! REST EASY MOMMY
Miss Clarissa was such a joy. Whether we shared a greeting in person or a laugh over the phone, her unconditional love always embraced us. She was a true shining light that we openly welcomed in our family. We will always cherish our memories of her and thank God for the time she shared with us.
To the Smith/Morgan Family;
May God comfort you’ll at this time,
May Lord Jesus comfort Ms. Clarissa, a pain free Angel, while she watches over you’ll. She’ll not be forgotten and always loved, In Jesus name, Amen.
To the Smith/Morgan Family;
My condolence to the family, may the Lord comforted you’ll at this time. Ms. Clarissa is an Angel in your eyes and mind. She’s pain free in the Lord Jesus hands watching over you’ll, In Jesus name, Amen!
My Conolence to the Smith family. No matter when our paths would cross over the years, Clarissa was always graceful, smiling and sharing good words. She will be missed by all.
To the Family: I will miss Sister Clarissa she was such a friend and she showed me how many different procedures of church and using the Bible when I didn’t understand. Just too talk with her made me feel better. I miss her greatly. Prayers and love to the entire family. Gloria
Clarissa is resting in the bosom of the Lord. Someone so “special” can never be forgotten. She was a great co-worker and a very kind and loving friend. Rest in peace. Peace and Blessings to all family members. The Bailey family
To the Smith Family my mom and I send our sympathy and condolences on behalf of your Mom
To the Smith Family my mom and myself send our deepest love to you and your family on behalf of your mom. She was a beautiful and kind hearted person
MIKE AND THE REST OF CLARISSA FAMILY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS GOD BLESS YOU ALL
My sincere Condolences to the Morgan & Smith family’s.
Ms Clarissa was truly beautiful person inside and out. It was always a pleasure to see and talk with her. My prayers are with you all during this time.
My sincere Condolences to the Morgan and Smith family’s. Ms Clarissa was truly beautiful person inside and out. It was always a pleasure to see and talk with her. My prayers are with you all during this time.
To the family of Sister Clarissa so sorry for your loss.Sister Clarissa will be definitely be missed. She showed me the way .I will miss her so much R.I P .my friend. I know u up there in heaven now no more pain just rejoicing with God..good bye my friend/sister continue to rest in God’s Glory..
To the Smith Family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your mother, Sister and beloved Family me
Lorraine and Bernadette may God comfort you at this time of your loss.
Lorraine, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. I hope you and your family can find peace in knowing your mother is pain free and ” home” with her maker.
Lorraine and Bernadette, I’m sorry for the loss of your mother. Our prayers are with your fan.
To Clarissa’s family, I am sorry for your loss. May Jehovah God wrap is looking arms around the family at this time of sorrow. Hold on, better times is ahead. John 5:28,29 says “Do not marvel at this, there is going to be a resurrection of our loved ones. Take comfort and we shall see her again on a cleanse earth in paradise