Mary Estelle Somerville, known as “Maw”, 76, of Compton, Maryland, was peacefully called home on Monday, April 23, 2012. Family and friends will unite on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 for visitation from 10:00 am until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 22800 Washington St., Leonardtown, MD. Interment will follow at St. Francis Xavier Church Cemetery, 21370 Newtowne Neck Rd., ( Compton), Leonardtown, MD.
Estelle was born on February 7, 1936 to the late William Arthur and Mary Elizabeth (Bessie) Thompson Somerville.
Estelle was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public School System. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church. Estelle was employed with the ARC of Southern Maryland, where she was truly loved. She enjoyed caring for her clients and they so loved her and she treated them as her own children. Estelle was also employed at Margaret Brent Middle School and was a domestic worker for many years for Mr. and Mrs. James McFadden’s family,
Estelle enjoyed dancing, going to the casinos, listening to Oldies but Goodies and gospel music, as well as attending family gatherings. Her early morning routine consisted of conversations with Mamie Mason, Hortense Barnes, Mary Agnes Stewart and watching her favorite TV shows (Westerns, I Love Lucy, Jerry Springer, wrestling) and playing the lottery. Her favorite saying was: “GET IT WHILE IT’S FITTING, AFTER A WHILE IT WILL BE FROSTBITTEN”.
Secrets were never kept by Estelle because she always wanted to be the first to tell everyone. She never hesitated to question her children and grandchildrens’ whereabouts. With this being said, they gave her the name of “Compton Neighborhood Watch”.
Estelle leaves to cherish her memories her children, Linda (David), Rosetta, Dorothy (James), John (Michelle), Alice (James) and Stacey; brother, William Alexander Somerville; sister, Mary Naomi Campbell; twenty-six grandchildren, fifty-seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; one sister-in-law, Carrie Mae Somerville; one brother-in-law, Joseph Sinclair Brooks, Sr.; five Godchildren, Joyce Gordon, Shelia Barnes, Angela Mitchell, Tenia Parker and Rashaud Dent and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She also leaves to cherish her memories a very faithful cousin to her, Wesley Hebb. Wesley would keep Estelle company, provide assistance when needed and always kept her car clean.
In addition to her late parents, Estelle was preceded in death by her son, James Randolph Somerville; brother, Joseph Somerville; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Brooks, Mary Adele Butler, and Mary Alberta Somerville; and brother-in-law, James Dominick Butler.