Jere Fitchett, high school student


Jere Moniere Fitchett, a student who enjoyed volunteer work, died Wednesday after a seizure at her Woodlawn Home. She was 14.

She recently completed her freshman year at the Western School of Technology in Arbutus, where she studied cosmetology and culinary arts. She planned to open a unisex hair salon one day.

"Ever since she was a little girl, she was intrigued with hair and cooking," said Tenyo Fitchett-Pearl, a sister who lives in Towson.

Jere was born and grew up in Woodlawn. She attended Woodlawn Middle School.

An active volunteer, she worked with mentally ill patients at the Walter P. Carter Center and the Woodlawn Health Center, where she was remembered by social worker Tom Fiore as "sensitive and kind to others."

"She always had a smile that lit and lifted you up. She was a sensitive and very giving person that will be missed," he said.

"She was working towards getting her 75 community service hours, which Baltimore County schools require for graduation, and had accumulated 62 1/2 hours. She was very motivated to complete her hours and, at the same time, she wanted to reach out and in her own way help teen-agers."

Jere was an active member of the First United Church of Christ, where she sang in the choir, was a member of the usher board, worked in the Sunday school and greeted new church members. Earlier, she had been active in Girl Scouts.

"She had a big heart, loved people and was always giving people hugs and kisses," said her sister. "Just last week, she hung up a sign on her wall that said, 'To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth,' and that really sums up her life. She accepted people for what they were and wanted to help them."

She enjoyed traveling, roller skating, swimming, talking with friends on the phone and drawing cartoon characters. "If she liked you, then she would draw a special cartoon for you," the sister said.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at First United Church of Jesus Christ, 5150 Baltimore National Pike, with interment in Arbutus Memorial Park.

In addition to Tenyo, survivors include another sister, Shawn King of Baltimore; a brother, George L. Samuels of Baltimore; her mother, the Rev. Reba Rodriguez of Woodlawn; her grandmother, Ethel Fitchett of Baltimore; and her best friend, Felecia Jones of Woodlawn.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Ronald McDonald House.

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