Delores Christine Epps
October 30, 1938 – February 10, 2021
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Delores Christine Epps was born to the late Hamilton and Lucile Thornton on October 30, 1938 in Grafton, Virginia. She made her transition on February 10, 2021 after a short illness. She was one of a set of twins (Virgie Watkins deceased Twin). She would often share fond childhood memories of being raised in a large loving Christian family. In her hometown of Grafton, Virginia she was known as one of “Ham Thornton Girls.” She w as raised in Grafton Baptist Church and maintained her faith in God throughout her life. She was a long time member of Grayland Baptist church in Richmond Virginia and served happily as a Nurse and Usher throughout her membership. In recent years she enjoyed watching Pastor Lance Watson of St. Paul’s Baptist church with her husband George on Sunday mornings.
Delores attended the York Training School and graduated from James Weldon Johnson High School where she learned to play Basketball. She was a good student and would ultimately continue her education and receive her Licensed Practical Nurse’s certificate from the Richmond Technical Center in 1974. She passed the Board on July 24th, 1974. She was so very proud of her accomplishment and dedicated herself to being the best nurse a patient could have while working for the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) for more than 30 years. After retiring from MCV, she continued practicing nursing and resumed her lifelong desire to become a Registered Nurse by attending Virginia Commonwealth University, but when her health changed, she focused on working for private patients through local Health care agencies until she could no longer work. Her best days of retirement were spent in her yard, lovingly named “Her Garden.” She loved gardening and would work for hours outdoors.
Delores married her High School sweetheart George Epps on February 22, 1958 in Williamsburg, Va. They moved to Richmond, Virginia and raised their 3 children Son, Osmund Epps (deceased); Son, Ronald Epps, and Daughter, Germaine Epps (Serrano). She loved her family and worked hard to provide for them all through their youth. Delores and George spent many days enjoying each other’s company during their retirement. George would lovingly and playfully call her his “Boo.” She would smile and say, “My name is not Boo!” He would respond, “You are My Boo!” By many close family and friends she was known as “Miss Dee!” She was called “Grandma” by all her Grandchildren and Great-Grands and “Aunt Delores” by her nieces and nephews.
Delores leaves to cherish her memory, Husband George Epps; Son, Ronald Epps; Daughter Germaine Epps (Serrano), Grandchildren, Ebony Green, Orlando Fleming, Osmund Orlando Epps III, Alissa Serrano, Tiffany Serrano, Savannah Serrano, Krystina Serrano; 13 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren. She also leaves Sisters, Theresa Borum; Retha Whitley, Joyce Thornton, Emma Thornton, Ruth Thornton and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. She loved each and everyone. She always had a listening ear for her family and friends and maintained a lifelong childhood friendship with Ms. Julia Barnes. She will truly be missed by all who loved and knew her.
A private Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Mother’s Day, May 9th 2021 at her home in Richmond Virginia. More information will be provided before the Ceremony day.
I will always and forever Love My Mama! She was my favorite girl! Rest now Mom! I will continue to make you proud of
your Baby Girl!~G
I will always remember Aunt Delores (one of the twins) Part of my mom’s large family. It is with great sorrow that we received the news of her passing. On behalf of the believers at Graham African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greenwood, De please accept our sincerest deepest condolences. We did pray for Aunt Delores and now yield to the healing that the Lord God has chosen as she enters eternal rest from her labors. We commit the family to the capable hands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and stand in steadfast prayer on your behalf. May you continue to be blessed with Gods comfort and strength. Love always Rev Gayle Williams (your cousin) and congregation.
My grandma boo,
This is hard for me to accept because you meant a lot to me. I would do anything just to be able to lay on your chest and listen to your heart beat again. I’m going to miss you so much, I love you!
Ms.Epps u was always so kind to me and my daughter’s loved u dearly Iam so Happy to have had a chance spend the time we did💞💞Sleep in peace Queen
Sending our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy for your loss family. Keeping you all in prayer and praying God’s comfort..
My dearest grandmother. What I wouldn’t give to hear you call me precious once more. I was not ready to come to the realization that your really gone. I will miss you dearly and I know you are and will continue to watch over me. Sleep in peace now. Until we meet again!! I love you!