Staff Spotlight: Etta Somerville

By: Vaughn Greene Funeral Services
Friday, December 23, 2016

Etta Somerville is a delightful lady with a compassionate nature and a strong faith.

Employed as a hostess at the company’s York Road location since 2005, Etta clearly loves her job. Today, at age 78, she continues to work several days a week, performing her hostess duties with enthusiasm and dedication. From taking the difficult call to report a passing, to ensuring that the viewing area is picture-perfect, Etta’s presence serves to make a challenging time for families a little less difficult.

Q. What do you most enjoy about your job?
A. It’s just so rewarding. I like being able to give some pleasure to my families that come in to the funeral home. I get to know them, and we get many repeat customers so I see them time and time again. And, the Vaughn Greene organization is really wonderful to work for. They genuinely appreciate and care for their employees.

Q. Do you have children?
A. I have three wonderful daughters. Two of them live locally and one lives out of state.

Q. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I always wanted to be a teacher. After I graduated from Dunbar High School I began working at Sinai Hospital. I wound up staying there in the same department for 40 years. I never became a teacher but I loved my work anyway.

Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A. Aside from shopping, I am very active in my church. I have been a member of United Baptist Church for more than 30 years. I’m also a Church Mother, offering prayers, advice and comfort to members when they need it.

Q. What’s your favorite food?
A. Seafood! I love it all.

Q. If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
A. President Obama. He has been a wonderful, inspirational leader.

Q. What would readers be surprised to know about you?
A. I am a cancer survivor. I had ovarian cancer in 2007 but I beat it, and today I am cancer-free! I love the Lord. He has brought me through some difficult times.

Q. What words do you live by?
A. “What God has for me, is for me.” I also like the words to the hymn “Encourage Yourself.” They are very powerful.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Understanding the Positives and Pitfalls of Grief Support Groups

They say “time heals all wounds”.  Yet, when you’re mourning the death of a spouse, child, or anyone dear to you, there are no benchmarks that can guarantee when you will feel better. Even a...

Honoring Your Loved One: Ten Creative Ways to Use Cremated Remains

Cremation has become the most popular funeral choice for Americans. It currently accounts for more than half of all end-of-life dispositions in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow to near...

Brittney Greene Interviewed by WMAR2NEWS Regarding COVID-19

                    RANDALLSTOWN, Md — Families, already grieving the loss of a loved one, are finding that their funerals have to be l...

Vaughn Greene Funeral Services is Prepared to Safely Care for Our Families During the COVID-19 Health Emergency

While our nation continues to develop its response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Vaughn Greene Funeral Services remains committed to providing the highest quality of care to families in thei...

Do You Know the Protocol for Funeral Processions?

Funeral processions can be confusing. Whether you’re participating in the procession or you encounter one, it’s often difficult to know the right thing to do. Should you stop for red lights? Are yo...

How to Choose the Right Cremation Urn

When it comes to cremation urns, there’s no shortage of choices. There are literally thousands of styles and options available, and you may wonder where to begin when deciding on an urn for your lo...

How to Help a Loved One with Hearing Loss

If you suspect an older loved one might be hearing impaired, it’s likely not just your imagination.  According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Hearing Disorders, 25%...

Five Reasons Why Cremation is Surging in Popularity

People are choosing cremation services over burial in astonishing numbers.  In 2016, the U.S. cremation rate surpassed 50 percent for the first time, according t...

Is it Time for Your Mom or Dad to Hang Up the Car Keys?

It may seem like only yesterday that your folks began entrusting you with their car keys. Yet, you may now be in the position to determine whether they are fit to drive. This role re...

Coping with the Fog of Grief

You forgot to pay your water bill, lost your car keys (again!), and now the toast is burnt. When mourning the loss of a loved one, your mind may wander or shut down in ways that...