Lavinia White was born Lavinia Saunders, daughter of the late William and Sophronia Saunders, on Septetnber 19, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland. She is affectionately known as Sis to her children, nieces, and nephews. She was known as Big Sis to her very dear Cousin Mary and family. She departed this life on May 18, 2020, at the Blessed age of ninety.
Sis/ Big Sis lost her hearing and speech at the age of two. Being hearing and speech impaired did not stop her from living a full Blessed life.
She received her education at the Baltimore School for the Deaf. Sis/Big Sis graduated at the age of eighteen and was employed as a Childcare worker for eight years.
Sis/Big Sis married Sylvester H. White on Aug. 10, 1957. From this union they had 8 children. She developed her own unique way of communicating with her children, other family members and friends.She loved to dance to the beat of the music at an early age. Her favorite things to do was sewing, drawing, and watching T.V shows. She also liked to watch movies especially Horror and Westerns. Even though she was silent, she spoke in volumes especially when giving instructions.
Sis/Big Sis had a special talent for teaching math, reading, and communication skills to her family and close friends. In 1980, she received The Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior at Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Faith Church. Lavinia became a faithful member of Rhema Tabernacle Inc. under the leadership of Elder Rodney Richardson, in 2012 until God called her home.
Lavinia was preceded in death by her husband Sylvester H. White Sr., her son Sylvester H. White Jr., grandson Isaiah White Jr., great grandson Hubert L. Rice Jr., and a dear first cousin/god sister Mary Stavis.
Sis/Big Sis leaves her 7 children to Cherish her Precious Memories, Daughters: Bennie Rice (Harry), Louise Brown (Kevin), Barbara White, and Wileva Johnson (Tony). Her Sons: Robert White, Hugh White, and Isaiah White Sr. (Regina). She also had 41 Grand-kids, 66 Great Grand-kids, 30 Great Great Grand-kids. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and a Wonderful friend in Christ and in life Elder Vonderlear Street.
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