Arintha Washington

Obituary of Arintha Washington

Arintha Beatrice Pearl Miles Washington, 82, quietly departed from this world to her eternal resting home on December 14, 2016.

Arintha was born on November 3, 1934 to the late Arintha Milbourne Miles and Leonard R. Miles of Westover, MD. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Eleanora Johnson, Doris Waters-Gee, Geraldine Sheedy and her brothers, Arzia, Clayton, Samuel and Calvin Miles. She was the widow to the late, Leroy W. Washington, of whom she was married to for 33 ½ years.

Arintha’s Christian training began in John Wesley Methodist Church in Cottage Grove, MD at an early age under the guidance of her mother. She began her formal education in Somerset County public schools in attending Westover Elementary School and advancing to Greenwood High School in Princess Anne, MD graduating in 1952.

She attended Bowie State Teacher’s College (now known as Bowie State University) and graduated in 1956. For the next 38 years, she was an educator in the Maryland public school educational system of Somerset and Wicomico counties stretching across five decades (‘50, ‘60, ’70, ’80 and 90’s) before retiring in 1994.

During that period, Atintha participated in Wicomico County’s desegregation of elementary schools in the 1960’s. Over her tenure, she received many commendations as a model teacher and school supervisor, mentoring new teachers coming to the county, and demonstrated teaching strategies in enabling students to actively participate.

Arintha was promoted to Chapter One Math Specialist where she planned and presented workshops at the local and state in Baltimore representing Wicomico County elementary schools. Later she was a first grade resource teacher assisting children with learning disabilities at Chipman Elementary school before retiring in 1994.

In the 1960’s she became a member of St. Paul AME Zion Church in Salisbury, MD and remained active for over 40 years. She enjoyed visiting and worshipping at other neighboring churches with her friends.

Arintha was an active member of the Beta Tau Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. She often served on the committee for the TOPS program for debutantes in mentoring young, adolescent women into young adults.

Arintha was stylish and loved shopping. She always wanted to make she that she looked fabulous when out in public. She would often fancy herself as being fashionable. She would often have lunch with her girlfriends who were also retired teachers themselves.

Arintha loved watching TV, specifically the soap operas, The Young and The Restless, and The Bold and The Beautiful. She was also fond of the E! channel, Game Show Network, HSN, and QVC. But it was her love of NBA basketball on NBA TV, TNT, and ESPN, especially players like, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade. But what was most important to her was the impact that she had with former students of hers in Somerset and Wicomico County believing that she made a difference in their lives.

In honor of her memory she is survived by a son, Kevin L. Washington and his wife, Melanie of Baltimore; step son, Broderick Nutter and his wife, Vicki of Cambridge, MD; sister-in-law, Ann Easley of Salisbury; five step grandchildren, Kiara Green, Timorthy Blake, Tracy Jones, Robert Cropper and Cherrysa Roberts-Hooks; a special nephew that was raised as a brother we all know as “Uncle Donald”, Johnson Miles of Philadelphia, PA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends and colleagues.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 11 am at St. Paul AME Zion Church in Salisbury. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 7-9 pm at the Stewart Funeral Home by Holloway and Downey PA and on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral services are in the care of Stewart Funeral Home by Holloway and Downey, 821 West Road, Salisbury, MD 21801. Please visit www.thestewartfuneralhome.com to send condolences to the family.