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Born: May 6, 1932

Death: December 21, 2012

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Vernell Readus

May 6, 1932 - December 21, 2012

Vernell Hammond Readus,
80, of Toledo, Ohio, passed
away of complications during
surgery, at 12:50 p.m., on
December 21, 2012, at St.
Vincent Mercy Medical
Center.
Vernell was born on May 6,
1932, to the Union of Elder
A.D. Hammond and Betty
Moore Hammond. She was
the fourth of 13 children. She
attended Council Training
High School, in Huntsville,
AL and graduated Jesup W.
Scott High School in Toledo.
She attended The University
of Toledo Community College.
Vernell was a very caring
person and worked many
years in the health field. She
was last employed by Toledo
Mental Health Center, as
a Therapeutic Programmer,
before retiring after nearly 20
years. The mother of five
daughters, Vernell loved
doing hair and was a licensed
cosmetologist. An avid
History Buff, she was often
asked to speak at her church,
and other venues, to share
her extensive knowledge of
History. She loved learning
and continued her education
through lessons in crochet,
sewing and cooking. Certified
in Culinary Arts, Vernell was
an amazing cook and loved
people by showering them
with her many culinary
talents. It was nothing for her
to make a large pot of soup,
or a dessert, for anyone who
asked.
For over 15 years, Vernell
was a greatly adored Mother
at Precious Blood Church,
located on Dorr Street in
Toledo. Pastor Carl Jackson,
his wife DeShawn, and the
entire church body became a
second family to her.
She was preceded in death
by her parents, AD and Betty;
six brothers, Benjamin in
youth, Clarence (Naomi),
Charlie (Margie), Jethro
(Margaret), A.D., Jr. (Geneva)
and Thomas, and two
sisters, Zarretta, in infancy,
Florence (George) Berry,
and Georgianna Hammond
Lyons.
Vernell has left behind so
many wonderful memories
which will be cherished by
her seven children, Letricia
Gail (Alvin) Wormly;
Gwendolyn K. Warren-
Oshodin, Marcus L. (Karen)
Readus, Renita P. (Robert L.)
Morris, Felix Terrence
Readus;, Marilyn M. Grant,
and Janet M. (Michael K.)
Turner.
Funeral service will be at 11
a.m. on Saturday, December
29, 2012, at Warren AME
Church, 915 Collingwood
BLVD, Toledo, OH. Pastor
Carl Jackson will be officiating.
Calling hours will be
held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
on Friday, December 28,
2012, at Blanchard-Strabler
Funeral Home, 1163 W
Sylvania Ave, Toledo, Ohio.
Final Calling hours will be at
Nelms Funeral Home in
Huntsville, Alabama, on
Monday morning, December
31, 2012. Burial will follow.


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