On May 7, 2018, the Lord commissioned the homegoing of Eloise Odears Spady Andrews in Providence, RI. Eloise was the fourth daughter and the fifth child born to the union of Guermond and Belle Smith Spady on March 12, 1933 in lower Northampton County, Virginia.
Eloise attended the public schools of Northampton County. Upon completion of those studies, she matriculated to Virginia State College in Petersburg, VA earning a Bachelor of Science degree. She then returned to the area of her rearing and taught in the public school system of Northampton for over thirty-one years. Her passion was the nurturing of young people and caring for those in need.
Privileged to grow up in a Christian home, Eloise at an early age accepted Christ as her Savior, was baptized and united with the First Baptist Church of Capeville, VA. During the course of her spiritual journey, she united with other fellowships such as African Baptist Church, Cheriton, VA, Mount Olivet Christian Church Baltimore, MD and Ebenezer Baptist Church, Providence, RI.
While visiting family in Baltimore she met and subsequently married Carl H. Balark, Sr. To this union a son, Carl, was born. Later in life she married the late William Andrews.
Eloise’s retirement years were spent visiting and enjoying family and friends. She lived with her sister, Yvonne Fields and son, Dwayne for a number of years in Baltimore, Maryland before moving to be with her son, Carl and daughter-in-law, Ella in Cranston, RI.
Eloise leaves to celebrate the gift of her life: a son, Carl H. Balark, Jr. (Ella J.); three sisters, Eunice McGuire and Yvonne Fields of Baltimore, MD; Lydia Snyder (Ralph) of Chesterfield, Virginia; two brothers, Guermond Spady, Jr. and Carey Spady (Delores) of Cedar Grove, Virginia; and a brother-in-law, James Clayton of Philadelphia, PA. Three cousins who were like siblings, Alvin Tucker (Gloria) of Norfolk, Mamie Boney, Cheriton, VA and Catherine Townsend of Cape Charles and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends whom she loved dearly.
Eloise was a kind, loving and generous gift to us; a gift that we shall forever treasure. May her soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon her.