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Obituary for Jessie Rebecca DeFlorimonte (Arthur)

Jessie Rebecca Arthur DeFlorimonte was born in Hopetown, Berbice, Guyana, South America on May 26, 1922. Her parents were William Arthur and Jessie James Arthur. Her siblings were–Irene, Ruth, Agatha, Susannah, Myra, Randolph, and Winnifred. She became the matriarch of the family and the last of her siblings to transition. At a young age, Jessie developed a passion for sewing and grew into a well-known, talented seamstress. During her 50 plus years as a renowned seamstress, she created several wedding gowns and stylish clothing, many without patterns.

Jessie fell in love with her handsome neighbor, Percival Aloysious DeFlorimonte, and when he returned from serving with the British Army in World War II, they were married on June 7, 1947.

Jessie was always a performer. She was most joyful while reciting poetry, singing, dramatizing, and modeling at community socials and at church. Jessie had music in her blood and was often the center of attention showing off her moves on the dance floor. Jessie loved to laugh. Her infectious laughter could be heard following jokes with family and friends. She loved to cook and bake; she prepared meals such as cook-up-rice, pepper pot and her homemade bread, coconut buns, and other pastries were a treat on weekends.

A woman of deep faith, Jessie was born into the Anglican Community and attended St. George's Cathedral, Georgetown, Guyana, until migrating to the United States. She was a devoted member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. for over forty years. She was always fashionable in her signature hats. The women of her family will pay tribute to her at her funeral by wearing their own trendy hats.

On May 26, 2022, Jessie became a centenarian. Congratulatory letters were received from President Joe Biden, Governor Larry Hogan, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Council Member Edward Burroughs, and Guyana’s Ambassador to the U.S.A., Samuel Hinds. Police outriders led a glorious drive-by parade as family, friends, neighbors and 3 television news stations joined in the celebration.

Jessie will be fondly remembered for the way she made people feel with her loving and caring spirit. She was preceded in death by her husband, Percival, and leaves three generations to carry on her legacy: Children–Desiree, Franklin, Kenneth (Patricia), Coleen, Cheryl and Delmar (Kristin); Grandchildren–Angel, Oronde (Ja’Net), Melena, Travis (Terri), Rashad, Cordarius (Renee), Michaela, Ciara; Great-grandchildren–Jayson, Adia, Celeste, Mya, Isaac, Allister, Jade, Deja, Breland, and Amauri, along with many relatives and friends, whose lives she touched.

Sleep in Eternal Peace, Dear Jessie.

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