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Published by Lisa Jordan, 2021-01-13 14:49:59

Hunt, Blanche FP

Hunt, Blanche FP

Always in
Our Hearts

Blanche Elizabeth Frederick Hunt

Earthly Sunrise: March 11, 1925 Eternal Sunrise: January 2, 2021

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2021

Family Hour: 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass: 11:00 a.m.

ST. BERNARDINE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

3812 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21229

Monsignor Richard Bozzelli, Pastor Officiating

Life Reflections

To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born,

and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

a time to heal, and a time to weep; a time to laugh, and a time to dance.

- Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

A TIME TO BE BORN
Blanche Elizabeth Frederick Hunt was born on March 11, 1925, to the late John Oscar Frederick and Mary Blanche
Garner Frederick, in Baltimore, Maryland. The sixth child born to the family, she was cherished by her siblings. Upon her
arrival, her sister Louise exclaimed, “Look at Momma’s little doll baby!” Forever more, she was affectionately known as
Doll by her brother and sisters, nieces and nephews.

A TIME TO LEARN
Her formal education began at St. Peter Claver Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland. Her teacher, Sr. Letitia,
became a mentor and was instrumental in developing her faith. She was often called upon to lead and participate in
church ceremonies and activities. Although Blanche remained firmly rooted in her Catholic upbringing, she continued
her education at the Frederick Douglass High School, earning her high school diploma in 1943.

A TIME TO WORK
Upon completing high school, Blanche began working at Glenn L. Martin Airplane Factory in Middle River, Maryland
as part of the war effort. After her service, Blanche began a career in retail. She worked at Brager-Gutman’s, Hecht’s and
later Macy’s Department Stores, from which she retired. Macy’s bestowed numerous accolades for her customer service and
dedication to her position, during her time there. Her passion for nurturing and molding the minds of young children led
her to take college courses at Community College of Baltimore, now Baltimore City Community College. After which,
she began as a facilitator at St. Ambrose Catholic School as a paraeducator.

A TIME TO SERVE
Blanche’s civic nature was shown in her works for community development. Her efforts were rewarded for her leadership
as captain of The Afro-American Newspaper Junior Clean Block for three consecutive years. As president of Private
Needham Robert’s Youth Group, she promoted academia amongst her peers through speech and guidance. Blanche
showed compassion by providing safe harbor, love and support for her siblings and their children whenever troubles arose
at home. In later years, Blanche continued her service by providing her time at the poles during local elections. She also
served as president of the Fulton Heights Community Association, for a number of years.

A TIME TO PLANT
Mom left the workforce to care for her family and instill in them a strong sense of faith and the importance of education.
If the church doors were open, rest assured, the Hunt children were present and accounted for. They attended weekly mass,
Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, every holy day of obligation, and made all the sacraments. She left this legacy of
faith with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. The education of her children was of the utmost importance. Mom
assured that her children studied hard, read regularly, and maintained good grades. School was not over in the summer!

A TIME TO CHOOSE GOD
Her parents rooted Blanche into their Catholic faith. She was baptized, as an infant, at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic
Church located in West Baltimore. As a practicing Catholic, she was often called upon to lead the May Procession where
others were encouraged to follow. Doll Baby’s favorite hymn as a child was “In the Garden.” Her dedication to her faith
continued into her adulthood. Her service led her to St. Gregory the Great Church, where she was a member of the Women’s
Day Committee and adult advisor to the Youth Club. In 1985, Blanche took her family to St. Bernardine Church, where she
served as presidents for the greeters and as well as the Gold Dome Club. She was dedicated to praying the Novena regularly,
at St. Alphonsus National Shrine located on Saratoga Street, until her health required that she pray from home.

A TIME FOR LOVE
Blanche met the love of her life, Alvin Thomas Hunt Sr., at a neighborhood church social. Even though Big Al, as he was
later known, was drafted into the United States Army, their love for one another never wavered. Upon Big Al’s return from
active duty, the two were united in holy matrimony on July 10, 1948 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. As a couple, they
enjoyed entertaining in their home. From that union, eight children were born. Big Al preceded her in death.

A TIME FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIP
Doll Baby shared a close family bond with her parents and siblings. During her childhood, she enjoyed sewing and making
doll clothes with her sister, Louise, while her brother Robert Lee sketched the clothes. Doll was responsible for combing
her baby sister, Henrietta’s hair. What a struggle this was! With the help of her sisters, Doll had to chase Henrietta through
the house to complete the job. Ironically, Aunt Hen became the family beautician for every holiday, school play, high
school dance, and graduation. Doll and her sisters were often taken to a neighborhood stream by their brother, Robert Lee,
where they learned to fish. Doll was ambitious and self-driven. While in high school, she worked with her father at Empire
Laundry. As a teen, Doll Baby and her sisters known as “The Jolly-ettes,” especially Ethel, would spend time at the USO
Club to dance and socialize with friends. Quiet as it was kept, Aunt Doll would sneak out of the house to go to the Royal
Theater to listen to big sister Mary, (Aunt Josephine) sing.

Blanche was a life-long member of a social club comprised of ten women who were friends since high school. They became
known as Les Dix Amies, The Ten Friends. Only one of the original members is still with us today, Mrs. Lillian Cornish,
affectionately known as Ms. Pie. As a group, these women gave selflessly to the community as they gave to the homeless
and families in need. We loved knowing that it was our mother’s turn to host the club meeting as THEM GIRLS COULD
COOK!!!! Family celebrations and holidays were of the utmost importance. It was nothing to see four generations of Doll
Baby’s family on such occasions. To the end, Doll Baby would sit back with pride and admiration as the family sang a
birthday medley to the birthday boy or girl and couldn’t wait to partake of the cake and ice cream on hand.

A TIME FOR AN EARTHLY FAREWELL
Early in the morning on January 2, 2021 as we slumbered, God’s angels descended from Heaven to carry Doll Baby to
be with her Lord & Savior. Her family takes comfort in the fact that although she is absent from the body, she is present
with the Lord. She leaves to cherish her memory: her children, Barbara Washington, Alvin Hunt, Jr., Leon Hunt, Sr.,
James Hunt, Alva Henson, Lemar Hunt, Dolline Toomer, (Linwood), and Althea Hunt; grandchildren, Nikkol Hunt,
(Andre), Allen Washington, (LaTasha), Francesca Davis, (Stephen), Shari Hunt, Philip Brown, III, Leon Hunt, Jr., David
Brown, Raynard Hunt, Andrea Williams, (Anthony), Janelle Thomas, Syrita Hunt, Joshua Brown, and Aaron Hunt;
great-grandchildren, godchildren; one brother-in-law, Malcolm Gee; a lifelong friend, Lillian Cornish; and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

God’s Garden

God looked around His garden
and He found an empty place;
He then looked down upon this Earth,

and saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
and lifted you to rest,

God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain;

He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough,
and the hills were hard to climb;
So, He closed your weary eyelids,
and whispered, “Peace Be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
but you didn’t go alone,

For a part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.

YOUR LOVING CHILDREN

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Granny, you are in God’s garden now.
You are walking and talking with Jesus.

He is telling you, “You are His own.”
And we hear you singing, “And He walks with me
and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.”

Oh, what joy!

We love you, THE GRANDCHILDREN

“Mom, You Clinched It!”

When Blanche Elizabeth Frederick graduated from high school in May of 1943 she was entirely new
to the work-world. At 18 years old she was of petite build, standing at a mere 4 feet, 11 inches tall
and weighing about 98 pounds. What she lacked in stature she made up with intelligence, confidence,
determination, and a quiet toughness. When Blanche began looking for work she learned that women
were being recruited for essential wartime positions, at the Glenn L. Martin Airplane Factory, located
in Middle River, Maryland. Blanche knew that she was up for the job. She mastered skills on power
tools, rivet guns, as well as assembling airplane wings for the B-26 Marauder WWII Bomber.

The work of a riveter was physically demanding, as it required standing for 12-hour shifts, in the
repetitive system of loading rivets, firing heated rivets, and assembling airplane wings. The job was a
partnered position she shared with an African American woman named Emma, whose last name she
could not recall. Emma came to Maryland to work at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Factory. Even
though they worked together to get the job done, they saw very little of each other. This was because the
wings were large and the factory was extremely loud. Oftentimes they would tap on the hard metal to
communicate as to whether the rivets were tightly fitting so the bucker could seal the bolt on the other
side of the wing. Other times Blanche with her rivet gun and Emma with her bucking bar would call
out loudly, “Hey Blanche, I done clinched it,” meaning the rivet was properly attached.

The ladies worked together for 3 years. From 1943 through 1945 they were a team until the end of
WWII. They both were laid off the day after the war ended. Blanche went on to look for work in
Baltimore while Emma returned to her hometown of Virginia. Neither has seen or talked to each other
since then. Blanche would smile as she recalled their experiences as riveter and bucker and the other
essential services they performed in the war effort.

At the end of the war there was a huge parade and celebration at Memorial Stadium, in Baltimore
Maryland, to welcome the soldiers back home. Blanche’s future husband, Sgt. Alvin T. Hunt, U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers was among the soldiers returning home for the celebration. Although the
image chosen to represent “Rosie the Riveter” is depicted as European American, over 600,000 women
of color across the country answered the call “We can Do It” and joined the wartime workforce during
WWII. They worked in factories as well as other military support jobs. Two such women who answered
the call, were Blanche Frederick Hunt and Emma from Virginia. Blanche was a proud member of the
American Rosie the Riveter Association.

Blanche’s story can be found in the book entitled, Stepping Up for Victory - 100 Rosie the Riveter
Stories.

“Blanche... you done clinched it!”

Funeral Mass

BLESSING OF THE COFFIN …………………………………………..……… Msgr. Bozzelli
PLACING OF FUNERAL PALL ON THE COFFIN ……………….………….Granddaughters
OPENING SELECTION …………………………………………...……… “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Neal Ransom, Ericka Wilson, Dietrick Goodwin, & Eustaquio (Rick) Palabon
OPENING PRAYER …………………………………………………...………… Msgr. Bozzelli
FIRST READING - Malachi 3:16-18 ……………………………...……………... Joel Williams
RESPONSORIAL PSALM – Psalm 23 ……………………………....……………. Joel Williams
SECOND READING – 1 Corinthians 15:51-58……………………..……………. Joel Williams
GOSPEL READING – Matthew 25:31-40………………….…...……………….. Msgr. Bozzelli
MUSICAL SELECTION ………………………………………...……………….. “Total Praise”

Neal Ransom, Dietrick Goodwin, & Rick Palabon
HOMILY ……………………………………………………....………………..... Msgr. Bozzelli
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL ………………………………....……………….... Joel Williams
MUSICAL SELECTION ……………………………...……... “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand”

Neal Ransom, Ericka Wilson, Dietrick Goodwin, & Rick Palabon
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER ……………………………….....……………………. Msgr. Bozzelli
THE LORD’S PRAYER…………………….. Ericka Wilson, Dietrick Goodwin, & Rick Palabon
HOLY COMMUNION
COMMUNION SELECTION …………….…………………………....... “Great Is Your Mercy”

Neal Ransom, Ericka Wilson, Dietrick Goodwin, & Rick Palabon
MEDITATION SELECTION ………………………………………….………. “In the Garden”

Neal Ransom, Dietrick Goodwin, & Rick Palabon
WORDS OF COMFORT……………………………………………..…………. Visiting Clergy
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS…………………………………………..………… LaVerne Gilmore
OBITUARY…………………………………………………………...……………. Read silently
FINAL PRAYERS………………………………………………….....…………… Msgr. Bozzelli
CLOSING SELECTION………......……………………...………………………. “I’ll Fly Away”

Neal Ransom, Ericka Wilson, Dietrick Goodwin, & Rick Palabon



Interment

New Cathedral Cemetery
4300 Old Frederick Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21229

Casket Bearers

Grandsons

Acknowledgment

The family of Blanche Elizabeth Frederick Hunt wishes to express their sincere gratitude
for all the prayers, support, and kindness shown to them during their hour of bereavement.

May God bless each and every one of you.

Special Acknowledgements

Special thanks to her caregivers Janice Dunn, Phyllis Holmes, Gladys Taylor,
David Carter, and Gilchrist Cares for their services.

Arrangements Entrusted to

VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES P.A.
5151 Baltimore National Pike
Baltimore, Maryland 21229

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