Claudia Elaine Smith went residence with the Lord following a shorter continue to be in Penn Presbyterian in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. She was born on April 3, 1942 in Vineland, NJ, to the late Mrs. Annie Smith and Leslie (lefty) Petway.
Claudia attended Vineland Significant University and gained her formal schooling in New York Condition. In 1971 she graduated from Useful Nursing University and in 1974 she graduated from Sage College or university with an AAS degree for Registered Nurse. She later on gained a dual Bachelors’ Diploma in Social Psychology from the Higher education of Saint Rose, Albany, New York. Claudia has absent on to receive credits from Rowan, Stockton and on line courses at College of Phoenix to her Masters Degree.
She then retired from the State of New Jersey with 20 a long time of support due to well being fears and was still a change supervisor of nursing at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Residence in Vineland. She also retired as a Accredited Disaster Nurse Screener for Cumberland County Direction Centre. Some other component-time positions she held prior to her retirement provided getting the to start with-and only African American Sexual Assault Examiner and only initial African Nurse Pronouncer appointed by the Cumberland County Prosecutors workplace beneath Mr. Arthur Muchard and beneath the health-related examiner’s office environment. She also was tutoring LPN’s for the NCLEX State Board Tests.
Claudia grew to become included in the Eastern Stars at an early age of 12, as a youth facilitator and was elected president of Deborah Chapter and later president of the 2nd District which used to be regarded as the 7th District, serving a 3 yr expression. She generally had appreciate for the Eastern Stars as her mother, aunts, uncles and cousins had been long time associates. Jap Stars was in her blood so in 1994, adoption legal rights have been opened and Claudia was in a position to fulfill her goals of getting to be an Eastern Star. She was elected Worthy Matron for serving several stations and a 4 yr expression. She also served on Oziel’s Wellness treatment Initially Aide Committee for numerous yrs and was previous chair and co-chair and served as a nurse in the East. In 1996, she joined Zamora Courtroom #135 Dt. of ISIS.
Listed here she served as Health and fitness Comm. Chair, NAACP Chair and Co-Chair. She worked diligently serving on line 3 periods until finally she became ill. Imperial Commandress Iris Moore, Earlier Imperial Commandress, Ernestine Buck, Hon. Imperial Comm., Gertrude Bradley and Earlier Commandress Margaret Bruner recommended she receive her honorary previous Commandress Honors in 2008-2009.
In 2012, she was questioned to serve as District Deputy Grand Matron by GWM Sis. Janice E. Justice and she was so honored and approved. Then in 2013 she was appointed the Imperial Directress of NAACP Liberty Fund by Imperial Commandress Sadie B. Mitchell.
Claudia was a devoted lifelong member of New Bethel AME Church, Vineland, NJ and co-chairs Nurses’ Unit and served on the missionary and trustees board, Women of all ages in the NAACP (Win), and was a constitution member, Silver Life member NAACP, Metropolis of Vineland Mayors Civil Rights Board, Henrietta Woodward Temple #1169, Purchase of Elks PDR,
PGDR, Board of Elections, Notary Public and Appointed Ambassador of Hope South Jersey, Sickle Cell by Children’s Clinic.
Claudia is survived by one particular brother Jeff Johnson (Newfield, NJ), A few little ones: Terrence C. Spencer (Sylvia) (Vineland, NJ), Tamara C. Morris (David) (Vineland, NJ), and Torre C. Steward. ( Schenectady, NY). She under no circumstances excluded a few of her Stage-kids, Lora E.
Winchester (Kevin) of Vineland, NJ , John L. Steward of Bridgeton, NJ and Bryon M. Steward of Detroit, Mich., 9 grandchildren, 10 good-grandchildren and a host of step grandchildren, cousins & close friends.
She was predeceased by her Mother Annie Smith, Father Leslie (Lefty) Petway, Action father Jesus Gomez and a single grandson Nasheim Overton.
Service will be 11am Friday, July 2, 2021 at New Bethel AME, 414 N. 7th St., Vineland viewing 9:00am-10:30am Jap Star Company 10:30am-11am. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Vineland. www.edwardsandsonfuneralhome.com.
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