September 11, 2012
Bernadette Oakes was born on December 20, 1948 in Manhattan, NY to the late Odell, Sr. and Florrie Ellen Oakes. She was raised in Bluefield, WV, where she attended Mercer County public schools. She received her GED from Bluefield State College in 1968. She later received training as an Administrative Assistant from Cleveland Secretarial School. Bernadette worked as a Pharmaceutical Assistant at several pharmacies in State College, PA, Newark, NJ and Washington, DC. She also worked as a Librarian Assistant at the Irvington Library in Irvington, NJ, and as a Sale Representative in San Diego, CA. After moving to Washington, DC, Bernadette was hired as an Administrative Assistant for the Environmental Protection Administration, where she worked for seven years until she became ill.
Bernadette gave her life to God at an early age. She dedicated her life and was baptized as one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 17, 2007. She was a zealous and faithful servant of Jehovah and worked as an Auxiliary Pioneered from time to time.
Bernadette was the fifth child of seven siblings. Preceded her in death were Harriet Wortley, John H. Oakes, Odell Oakes, Jr., and Nadine Myers. She leaves to mourn her passing her brother Vernon Oakes of Washington, DC, one sister, Brenda Thompson of Durham, NC, one sister-in-law, Edith Mae Oakes of Detroit, MI; four children: Bridget Oakes of Washington, DC, Paul Oakes (Linda) of Baton Rouge, LA, Tonia Oakes (Darrell Williams, Sr.) of Washington, DC and Jade Oakes of San Diego, CA; eight grandchildren: Ikeith, Ikeiya, Darrell, Jr, Aaliyah, Larrell, Trenton, Labria, and Zareek; one great-granddaughter, Jameiya; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; her second family at the Kingdom Hall; and very dear friends, Sister and Brother Hughes.
On Saturday, September 22:
Funeral Service - Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 4700 Wheeler Road Oxon Hill, Maryland (map/directions) - 12:00 p.m.
Funeral Service - Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Oxon Hill - 12:00 p.m.
Comfort Hour - Saint Paul Senior Living at Wayne Place, Washington
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