December 16, 1935 - August 31, 2021
Oh What A Day it was on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 when the Trumpets sounded, the Angels dancing and rejoicing as God lifted “My Mother” Helen T. Brockington to Glory! Hallelujah to the King of Glory! Helen T. Brockington was born to Ollie and Bernice Swann on December 6, 1935 in Chicamuxen, Maryland Charles County. She was the 3rd child of 5 children. She was educated in the Charles County Public School System. After graduating from Pomonkey High School, she attended Bowie State University where she majored in Education. In Childhood, Helen was raised in a Christian home and was baptized at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Marbury Maryland. She loved to sing. As an adult, on many occasions she would sing duets with her brother Floyd, also her sister-in-law Connie at special Church events. One of her favorite songs was “How Great Thou Art”. She sang in the church choir for many years under the direction of Ms. Rowe Butler. She was a devoted wife of years past, married November 15, 1957 to George Brockington, Sr.(deceased). Born to George and Helen were two beautiful children, George Jr. (deceased), and Debra. Helen had a dual work life, working two jobs both for over 30 years. She was employed with Safeway Stores, Inc.as a Cashier. Her customers loved her as she greeted each with a smile and a pleasant conversation. She was also employed as a Permanent Substitute Teacher at Fairmont Heights High School in Landover, Maryland, Prince Georges County. This was her real passion, teaching and working with children. As an Educator, she always expressed the importance of education and constantly encouraged you to follow your dreams. Each child was special to her as though they were her own. In retirement, Helen was not one to stay idol. Returning back to her love of young people, in October, 2007 she became a part of the Foster Grandparent Program at Potomac Job Corps in Washington DC. She enjoyed assisting young people ages 16-24 to improve the quality of their lives by empowering them to get great jobs and become independent individuals. She continued there until the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020. She remained on the roll and wanted to be ready should the school reconvene. Helen had a magnetic smile and jovial personality. To meet her was to love her. As a Mother and Grand Mother, she was always supportive. Debra states “No matter what, I could do no wrong”. She was affectionately called Grandma “Beep-Beep”, “Aunt” or “Nana” referred by her Grand Daughters, Great Grandson, Nieces and Nephews. As an Aunt, she was just as supportive to her Nieces and Nephews always encouraging and mothering them as well. Family meant everything to her and she found it important at every chance to gather the family or spearhead a family reunion, making sure the family stayed knitted together. As a friend, you could count on her and she brought life to the many conversations and times shared. The word that many of her friends and co-workers used to describe her best is “sweet”. Her spirit was also kind, considerate and caring. Her smile could light up a room. Helen loved to go fishing and Camping (Glamping) with the family and friends at the family’s private beach or taking a family trip. One of her favorite pastimes was crabbing-catching and/or eating them! Her presence will be sorely missed and she will forever be present in our hearts. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Bernice Swann; her son, George Brockington, Jr.; one sister, Mary G. Sanders and Brother-in-Law Daniel Sanders, Sr, two brothers, Melvin Swann and Rev. Floyd Swann. She leaves to cherish her memory, one Daughter, Debra B. Washington; two Granddaughters, Princess Brockington and Sierra Washington; one Great-Grandson, Brock Brockington; one son-in-love, Lindsey L. Washington, Jr.; one Brother, Sterling Swann, Sr. (Carolyn), one Sister-in-Law, Lonna Swann; a devoted Niece, Lavonne Arrington; a loving Nephew Daniel C. Sanders, Jr.; Nieces Sheila (Diane) Swann, Vanessa Sanders and a host of bonus Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and friends. Family and friends will unite on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 for visitation at 10 am until time of service at 11 am at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 2294 Old Washington Rd, Waldorf, MD. Interment to follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3221 Mattawoman Beantown Rd, Waldorf, MD 20601.
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