Thelma Consula Wyatt was born to Charles and Mary Mertina Brown on April 12, 1927. In 1949, Thelma married William Willie Wyatt. Thelma was an active 83 years young, a blessed mother of three daughters and one son, a grandmother, great-grandmother, educator, church and community leader who will truly be missed.
Thelma was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System and was a graduate of Carver Vocational High School. Thelma was employed as a children’s aide liaison worker at Fannie L. Barbour Elementary School, an active participant in the P.T.A. and often engaged in extra projects to provide for the many needy children.
Over the years, she developed a great fondness for all children, spending a great deal of her time working with them after school, on weekends and during summer vacations. She tutored ill children and took children on cultural trips. She then retired in the 1980s.
Thelma accepted Jesus Christ and joined Emmanuel C.C. Church at a young age under the leadership of the late Rev. Wilbert H. Walters. A dedicated saint for over 60 years, she continued to serve the Lord with her all. Thelma sang with the No. 2 choir, Chancellor Choir and Early Morning Choir, and also the Golden Age Circle.
She loved to sing God’s praises. Her most beloved hymn was, “If I Can Help Somebody.” Thelma wore many hats in the house of the Lord. She served as the church secretary, youth and senior leader in Sunday and Bible School. Thelma helped the communion steward board on Saturdays to prepare covers for Sunday service. She traveled with the deacons to visit the sick and shut-in weekly, ministering to the elderly.
Thelma kept all records and provided any and everything any saint or community member needed. She also loved keys. She unlocked and locked the church for various activities and she may have a key to your house.
An avid volunteer, during political campaigns she volunteered her service in voters registration. Her other activities included, den mother for Girls and Cub Scout troops, ministering to the elderly citizens in hospitals and the Community Action Agency. She received a large number of awards, including those from the state of Maryland, the U.S. Senate and the mayor. She was also affiliated with the American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, Blue Point Nursing Home and the NAACP.
For 20 years, residing at the N.M. Carroll Manor, Thelma worked the front desk and helped organize the Friday Sing Along. She was a writer, organizer, sending out cards and decorating the bulletin boards for all occasions.