September 7, 1931 – December 5, 2019
Maude Sweat-Attoh was born on September 7, 1931, and fell asleep in death on December 4, 2019. She was born in New York City’s Harlem Hospital to parents Paul and Mattie Sweat. She had an older brother James (Eddie) Sweat, also deceased.
Maude had three daughters, Debbie Vivican and Victoria Marrow, both now deceased. She is survived by her youngest daughter Valerie Watson and son in law Robert(Oba) Watson.
Maude lived a full and satisfying life surrounded by loving family and friends. She had seven grandchildren: Shuron, Gene, Devin, Nikki, Sherrel, Edward, and Kendel. She had six great and eleven great-great-grandchildren, three nieces, Sharon Loveless, Bernice Rouse, and Regina Clark who is now deceased.
Maude graduated from Yorkville, also known as Manhattan Vocational High School in New York City, where she took courses in the sciences toward becoming a nurse. She worked short term for New York Metropolitan Hospital, gaining experience toward her goal of nursing. Maude’s dream of becoming a nurse was altered when she was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, a life-changing bone disease. Her medical doctor informed her that the rigors of nursing duties would be a constant challenge to her bones. For Maude this sad news was a huge disappointment, however, her neighbor who worked for the New York City Transit Authority suggested she take the examination for Transit which Maude did, and passed it. This opportunity opened the way for her to move in another occupational direction.
Maude worked for the New York City Transit Authority from 1965 to 1988, working her way to the position of Station Supervisor, level II. She retired on December 31, 1988, with commendations.
Maude’s mother Mattie was one of Jehovah’s witnesses. Maude used to take her mother to all of the assemblies and conventions. When her mother died, Maude recalled her mother’s words; “you had better stop straddling the fence.” As a result, Maude began her study of the bible, and following her mother’s faith, she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s witnesses on April 1, 1989. She enjoyed many upbuilding experiences in the ministry over the years.
Maude relocated to Charlotte, NC from Staten Island, NYC in 2001. Her ministry service record was transferred to the Providence Park and later to the Sardis congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses where she remained an active participant until her death. Maude loved people and was loved by everyone who got to know her. She had a core group of close friends whom she thanked many times for assisting her, especially during her advancing years and fragile health status, to sustain her desire to remain in Charlotte in her comfortable apartment home, right down to the end. Maude was successful in achieving her desired goal.
Maude was a kind and generous woman. She was meticulous, orderly, and organized. She had a feisty, humorous and loving disposition, always determined and willing to do what she could to help her family and her friends with practical advice and support.
A multitude of memories is an intricate part of Maude’s life as a loving mother and grandparent. She was a loyal and loving friend and a dear sister in the Sardis congregation which she loved. Maude’s faith was rooted in her belief in the resurrection hope, God’s promise to mankind of a time when death, mourning, and pain will be a faded memory. Maude looked forward to being reunited with her daughters Debbie and Victoria and numerous family members and friends, now sleeping in death.
We celebrate Maude’s life with joy as she did, knowing she is now in painless peace. We will remember her smile and the bountiful spirit of love she held out to everyone. Maude enjoyed a life well-lived. Family and friends are invited to view and visit from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, Saturday, the 21st of December 2019 at Ellington Funeral Services. A service to celebrate her life will follow at 1:00 PM in the Historic Morehead Street Chapel at the funeral home.
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