Eizzie Madessa Edwards was born on March 29, 1954 in Washington, DC to Mary Ellen Allsberry and James Thomas Edwards. Eizzie was raised and grew up in Washington, DC. Eizzie was an active member of the Girl Scouts growing up. As a teen during the summer, Eizzie would return to Rich Square, NC where she enjoyed spending time with her grandparents. Eizzie graduated from Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School June 1972. In 1973, Eizzie met and married Oliver J. Watford. On Christmas Eve in 1975, Eizzie and OJ welcomed their daughter, LaTrell Lachele Watford. Three years later in August 1978, Demetria Danielle Carroll Watford was born. In 1980, Eizzie and OJ separated and subsequently divorced. In 1981 Eizzie met Thomas Smith and had one son, Jason Thomas Edward Smith was born in December 1982. Eizzie was taught the value of an education from her parents. As a full-time employee and single mom, Eizzie decided to return to school. She enrolled in the Journalism Program at the University of the District of Columbia. In April 1990, Eizzie was the first recipient of the Max Robinson Scholarship Award. Eizzie graduated from UDC with her Bachelors of Arts in Journalism in May 1992. Following receipt of her Bachelor's degree, Eizzie decided to further her education by enrolling in the Masters of Arts Program at Bowie State University in Maryland. Eizzie worked for the American Association of University Professors as the meeting and events planner prior to her retirement in 2013. Those left behind to mourn her death and cherish her memory include her mother: Mary Allsberry Edward Moore; her father: James T. Edwards; her step-mother: Phyllis Edwards; one sister: Sabrina Edwards; daughters: LaTrell Lachele Watford Yeager, Demetria Danielle Carroll Watford; son: Jason Thomas Eric Smith; grandchildren: Saiswan Deviar Ingram, Senai Ireaph Ingram, Roniya LaChe Yeager, Derron Pleasant Yeager, II, Noah Christian-Pleasant Yeager, LaMy'r Mary-Helen Yeager and Zaraya Anevay Yeager; granddaughters: Sunjai Chase-Deviar' Ingram and a host of relatives, extended family, associates and friends. A viewing will be at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736, on Friday, June 5th from 3 pm until start of Funeral Services at 5 pm. Interment will be private. NEW GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING VISITATION / SERVICES. - 50 to 75 people max at any given time in Funeral Home. - Limit visitation to 15 minutes in visitation room to allow for others to express their condolences. - Funeral Services in Chapel limited to 70 people with four (4) people per pew. - Masks and six foot social distancing still applies.
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