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Wilhelmina Letson was born to Amelia Fitchett (Letson) and Charles Letson on May 12, 1928, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wilhelmina attended and was educated in the Pleasantville Public School system. During her early years, she worked at several dry cleaners in Pleasantville and Atlantic City, New Jersey; Kravitz; Spencer Gifts; and as a caretaker for the niece of Barbara Hutton, for approximately four years in Northfield, New Jersey. She continued her education at the Atlantic County Vocational School in Atlantic City, New Jersey and received a certificate as a bookkeeper. She worked for the Atlantic City Press as a bookkeeper for several years, until she moved to Vineland, New Jersey. Wilhelmina spent most of her early life in Pleasantville, New Jersey. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist church for approximately fourteen years. Wilhelmina was the namesake of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. In her later years, she would often tease family members that were calling her name by telling them they better add a title, (queen) to that name. Wilhelmina married Leon Smith and relocated to Vineland, New Jersey. For many years, she found employment at several of the local day care centers in the Vineland area and the Vineland Times. Soon after moving to Vineland, Wilhelmina met Rev. Harvey's daughter in the hospital and soon became a member of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist church and remained a member for approximately thirty-five years. She was a long-standing member of the kitchen committee and served on the Senior Missionary Board, also. She was a faithful church member and attended many of the special services held at other churches in the area. She loved her church, its members, and her special friends including: Rev. and Mrs. Harvey, Deacon Bradford Williams and family, Sis Ella Smith, and the faithful members of the Missionary and Prayer Band of St. Paul's church. She was served Communion in her home for over ten years in Vineland, N.J. and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by our beloved Deacon, Bradford Williams and the Missionaries and Prayer Band of St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church. What a wonderful legacy of service and love that she received from her church. Wilhelmina was well known and appreciated for her culinary skills by church friends, social friends, and her family. She is sorely missed for her famous yeast rolls and long sheet cakes. Wilhelmina had been ill for the past eleven years. She had many special caretakers who took superb care of her. Among them were her daughters: Ellana and Paulette, her son-in-law, Tyrone; her grandson, Paul, her granddaughter, Bonnie Pitts Dorsey, Home Health Aides in Vineland, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from the Holy Redeemer Hospital and Home Care Unit, especially Mathaniel, and the Hospice group from the Holy Redeemer Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On April 6, 2011, Wilhelmina died peacefully at her home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania surrounded by her family. Wilhelmina's mother, Amelia; her father, Charles; her husband, Leon; her beloved daughter, Sandra Jean; and her stepson, Robert Smith; three sisters, Beulah, Gloria, and Elizabeth; two brothers, Charles and Alfonso; all preceded her in death. Wilhelmina leaves to mourn her death: Two daughters, Ellana Pitts of Pleasantville, New Jersey and Paulette Freeman (Tyrone) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and two sons, Eugene Larry Pitts (Joyce) of Bloomfield, New Jersey and Richard Pitts (Cindy) of Manhattan, Kansas; one step son, Richard Smith; two step daughter's, Jacqueline McMurphy of Sicklerville, New Jersey and Anita Smith of Vineland, New Jersey; four sisters: Lydia Letson and Lucille English (Morrell) both of Pleasantville, New Jersey; Ojetta Carpenter of Seattle, Washington; Rosetta Ingram (Ronnie) of St. Lucie, Florida; two brothers, George Letson (Carol), of Pleasantville, N.J. and Alfred Letson (Linda) of Jacksonville, Florida; and one brother-in-law, Milford Smith (Doris) of Newtonville, New Jersey; and thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and four great, great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Sorrowfully Submitted, The Family of the late Wilhelmina Smith

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