Jean Olivette Louise Showell, 73, of Laurel was born Nov. 1, 1947, to the late James William Showell and Mary Kathryn Hood in Laurel. She transitioned into eternal rest Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at the Genesis Seaford Center in Seaford.
Jean received her education at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School in Laurel, Richard Allen School in Georgetown, William C. Jason Comprehensive High School in Georgetown, and subsequently received her diploma from James H. Groves School in Georgetown. Later she went to Job Corps in Drum, Pa., and received a degree in cosmetology.
She joined United Church of First Born of Salisbury, Md., in May 1978, now under the leadership of Elder Richard E. Morris. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Jean, as we called her, loved life and lived it to the fullest. Jean worked at Laurel Head Start, 28 years at Maryland Plastics in Federalsburg, Md., and 10 years at Walmart in Georgetown. She had many long-lasting friends on these jobs.
She loved her daughter, grandkids, nieces and nephews, dearly, along with other family members. Her grandkids were her world.
Jean had one daughter, Shambre’ Nakita Showell, who preceded her in death, as well as her parents and one sister, Joyce Ann Showell.
Jean leaves to cherish her memory two grandchildren, Michael T. Sample Jr., of Bridgeville and Jaynaye Sincere Showell of Princess Anne, Md.; one sister, Gracynthia Mills of Bridgeville; two nieces; Sabrina K. (Michael) Johnson of Salisbury, Md., and Alesia G. (Donal) Hull of Bridgeville; two nephews, Rudolph S. Mills Jr. (Verlene) of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Terrence L. (Evelyn) Showell of Seaford; one uncle; G. Arnold Hood of Seaford; nine great-nieces and -nephews; Jevon L. (Delia) Mills of Salisbury, Rayshawn V. McCrea of Bridgeville, Chaundell D. (Kimberly) Mills of Salisbury, Shamisha Horsey of Laurel, Lamarcus (Natasha) Matthews of Woodstock, Ga., Shanice (Derrell) Collins of Laurel, Davonte’ Mills of Lawrenceville, Duane K. Hopkins II of Bridgeville and Toccara Baine of Seaford.
Jean had numerous other cousins and friends, including a best friend: Shirley Gibbs of Seaford.
The Celebration of Life service will be held at noon, Saturday, Oct. 16, with a viewing two hours prior at the Citadel of Hope Deliverance Ministries, 25371 Honeysuckle Dr. Seaford. To offer words of comfort or to sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Professional services are entrusted to Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.