Battling chronic health issues for a prolonged period of time, on Tuesday, March 7,\n2023, Celestine Travers, 69, was called from labor to reward while at the\nUniversity of Maryland Hospital Center of Baltimore, Maryland.\nCelestine was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 6, 1953 to adoptive\nparents, Albert and Amelia Keene Travers. A few years later, Otto and Anna Lee\nStafford of Liners Road, Maryland welcomed Celestine into their home. There she\nspent her childhood and was educated in the public school system of Dorchester\nCounty, MD. She began her education at Liners Road Elementary School, the\none-room community school, continued her secondary education at Maces Lane\nHigh School until the 1969/1970 school year, when, due to the desegregation of\nschools in Dorchester County, she was required to attend South Dorchester High\nSchool and graduated with the Class of 1971. Celestine then matriculated to the\nUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore where she earned a degree in elementary\neducation.\nThroughout her life, Celestine has been employed in various occupations: Title 1\npre-school teacher in the Virginia School System, retail, home health care assistant\n(CNA), and an employee of the Xerox company. She was also an\nentrepreneur—making and selling Valentines Day and Mothers Day gift baskets\nand other craft items. Celestine was proud of all her accomplishments.\nLife has not always been easy for Celestine. Her most beloved hymn was “His\nEye is on the Sparrow” and it seemed to be the theme of her life. She was forever\njubilant and joyful. If she got knocked down, she would get right up and start over\nagain. While living in Washington, DC, Celestine was a member of “Suited for\nChange” (an organization that helped people prepare for second chances in life).\nShe was featured in a televised program promoting the organization and its good\nworks.\nAfter many years, Celestine retired and returned to Dorchester County. She\nbecame a member of the workshop choir, the Cambridge-Church Creek Charge\nChoir, and the Togetherness Choir. She recommitted her life to God and rejoined\nthe place of worship of her youth—John Wesley United Methodist Church of\nLiners Road. There she served in different capacities—lay speaker, shut-in\nministry, the decorating committee, church history committee, membership\ncommittee, and African American History presentations.\nBeing a true extrovert, Celestine loved people. She loved singing and dancing.\nThe day prior to her passing, Celestine had been enthusiastically singing and\n\ndancing to Motown artists and was anxiously awaiting karaoke the next day.\nCelestine had a strong, beautiful voice. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting,\nvisiting museums, attending free concerts, and performing for an audience.\nCelestine created a brief skit about the life of Harriett Tubman and performed for a\nnumber of audiences. Though she had no children of her own, she loved interacting\nwith young people. If Celestine considered herself your friend, she was truly loyal\nand would give her all.\nCelestine had two goals in her life that, sadly, were never realized. She wanted to\nfind any biological siblings she might have had and to find her birth parents.\nCelestine is preceded in death by Albert and Amelia Travers (her adoptive\nparents), Otto and Annie Stafford and their deceased children, Eric Brown\n(nephew), Lenora Molock, Dorothy Beverly, and Myrtle Nelson.\nCelestine is survived by Athena and Jehiyah Brown (Eric’s family), Otto and\nAnnie’s grandchildren, Darnell Bryant, Thomas Harried, Jr., Rudell Molock, Jr.,\nDarrell Lewis, Ethel Farrare, Tanya Johnson Harris, Sharon Payton Young, Tricia\nMcClease and her daughter.