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Fort Lincoln Funeral Home & Cemetery

3401 Bladensburg RD, Brentwood, MD

OBITUARY

Michelle Antoinette Kemp

July 29, 1961March 13, 2020

Michelle Antoinette Kemp was born on July 29, 1961 and passed away on March 13, 2020.

Services

29 July

Visitation

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Fort Lincoln Funeral Home

3401 Bladensburg Road
Brentwood, MD

29 July

Memorial Service

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Fort Lincoln Funeral Home

3401 Bladensburg Road
Brentwood, MD

Memories

Michelle Antoinette Kemp

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Juanita Brewer-Pruitt

March 25, 2020

Out of this life I'm unable to take
Things of silver and gold I make.
All that I cherish and hoard away,
After I leave, on earth must stay.
All that I gather, and all that I keep,
I must leave behind when I fall asleep.
And I wonder often what I shall own
In that other life, when I pass alone.
What shall they find and what shall they see
In the soul that answers the call for me?
Shall the great judge learn, when my task is through
That my spirit has gathered some riches, too?
Or shall at the last it will be mine to find
That all that I had worked for will be left behind.
REST IN PEACE my Beloved Sister....


Jerri Jones

March 25, 2020

This was truly a beautiful obituary. I only recently met Michelle when I started working at FDA. We didn't have many conversations, but those we had always ended with laughter and some sort of funny take on a situation. I will truly miss seeing her around the office and I offer my sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Jerri Jones

March 25, 2020

This was truly a beautiful obituary. I only recently met Michelle when I started working at FDA. We didn't have many conversations, but those we had always ended with laughter and some sort of funny take on a situation. I will truly miss seeing her around the office and I offer my sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Patricia Tribbett

March 24, 2020

Mama is what I called her. She always treated me as if I was one of her own and fed me everything she had if I would eat it. Our first interaction was over the phone and she told me I had a smart a** mouth but she loved me anyway. From cookouts to just coming and hanging out down the street from 5519. No matter where she went I was there for the chicken a la a la, Friday night fish and oyster fry along with the coffee and Kahlua. This women would make my plate no matter the occasion. I would come over and sit right in the middle of the floor dump the whole candy bowl out and pick what I wanted and she never cared just told me clean that s*#%* up. I will always love this woman and seeing her for the last time let me know she loved me too. Thank you so much momma for giving me my best friend Michael and your family who loves me as much as you do. I’m going to miss the physical form but I know you are definitely here in spirit. Love you always.

Sereeta Brooks

March 23, 2020

My Darling Michelle, I will love you forever!
Our birthdays were just days apart, and I still think of you on the 29th. You became a part of my heart when your uncle Rodney first brought me to Ft. Washington to meet his family.
It was like we had known each other all our lives! Your uncle had just rented this new Cadillac and I knew nothing about it. Well we took off to the crab store and the radio wouldn’t go off!! You were like aunt Sereeta if you hit the wrong button and something happens to this car.....I DIDNT TELL YOU TO DO IT!!.
Well he would kill us if we didn’t bring back his crabs, so I stayed in the car with it running, just in case. You went in got the crabs, and back home we went. Well we get home and the radio still won’t turn off!! You take in the crab, and keep uncle busy while I try to turn this stupid thing off. Finally I give up, open the car door and the radio goes off! Finally found out that the radio would play for about 10 minutes after the ignition was off and the keys still in the ignition!! You almost peed your pants when you found out, and I had the deer in headlights look. You could always make me laugh, and I could always calm you down when you would lose all thoughts of sanity!!
I love you baby, tell uncle hello
Aunt Sereeta

Kandyce Jenkins

March 22, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Michelle for the last 5 years managing the travel card program at the FDA. She was more than a co-worker, she was my FRIEND. When we weren’t in the office together, we would talk on the phone several times a day. The conversation would start out talking about something work related and halfway through, we’re talking about something totally different. I will miss Michelle so much. My condolences to her family. You all are in my prayers. Rest well Michelle.

Reuben Turner

March 22, 2020

I remember meeting her at Faith she and I joined in the same month! We both were in the new members class with, at the time Deaconess Eunice Turner who was our instructor. She had a calm demeanor about her that made me comfortable to be around. Then the family came and joined where I met the young Dante! I always have a smooth relationship with her, no games but just being cool she will be missed!

Reuben

Carollyn GRIMM

March 21, 2020

My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends. With love and prayers.

Wanda Belt

March 21, 2020

I will be going way back. When Michelle had Larry (my godchild) we would be up half of the night because he just would not go to sleep at night. One night she called me and said this damn boy is getting on my nerves if you don't come get him I'm going to flush him down the toilet😂 so I drove from Laurel to Bowie to get him, and we would every once in awhile still talk about that night. Yes I will definitely MISS her❤

Shirelle Estes

March 21, 2020

I’ll always remember all the good times way back to the days on Oaklawn. Your beautiful spirit will forever be with us. Michelle you are truly one the angels.

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The unstoppable Michelle

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Michelle and her two sons Larry and Michael

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Michelle and her granddaughter Ms.Carmen

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Biography

Michelle Antoinette Kemp passed away on March 13, 2020 at Prince George's County Hospital Center. She is survived by her adult children Larry Bodley Jr. and Michael Bodley, her grandaughter Carmen Bodley, her beloved mother Martha P. Kemp, three sisters Maretta Brooks Lee (Mercer), Tracy Kemp Glasper (Dimintri), Pauline Hinnant (James), two special honorary sisters Nia Smith, Tamara Kemp, one uncle Nathan D. Kemp (Jackie), four aunts Claudelle Russell, Edna Piner, Ida Mae Freeman, Sereeta Brooks, devoted long-time companion Fletcher Darden, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

When Michelle Kemp walked into a room, everyone felt her energy and enthusiastic spontaneity. She was a funny, talented, and gregarious woman who celebrated people. Whether it was throwing a big shindig for no reason, or quietly sliding you a thoughtful but unexpected gift, you knew that she cared deeply. Michelle was straightforward, direct, and well-known to not pull punches. She was very devoted and protective of her loved ones. She had a way of saying "I Love You" that made you feel uniquely cherished and chastised all at the same time - and we wouldn't have had it any other way.

Affectionately known as Chelle or Shellie, Michelle was born on July 29, 1961, at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland to Martha P. Kemp and the late James A. Kemp. Introduced to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at a young age, she was raised with her sisters Maretta, Tracy, and Pauline in a loving boisterous family where there was never a dull moment. She loved music and singing with her sisters. No talent required in this girl group - just playing records in the basement where spoons and ice tongs became microphones, the fireplace ledge became a stage, and it was on! Chelle was always the loudest.

Chelle graduated from Crossland Senior High School in 1979, then briefly attended Bowie State College. In school, she was interested in dance, the UMOJA cultural awareness program, drill squad, and studying vocational cosmetology. She proudly won a fingerwaving competition one year and later became a licensed cosmetologist.

Michelle was employed for 34 years with various federal agencies, most recently with the Food & Drug Administration as a budget analyst. She immersed herself into challenging work, took pride in her efforts, and liked to participate in Blacks in Government activities whenever possible. Over the years Chelle maintained many friendships. Her childhood best friend was Danita Smith. As an adult, she was close with Wanda Belt, Denize Jamerson, Dee Sneed, Tonya Stone, Tammy Turner nee Clark, and Monica Hart among others.

Blessed with two sons, Larry Bodley Jr. and Michael Bodley, Chelle was a natural and creative parent who made great sacrifices for her children. She was by far happiest when spending time with her boys. That great maternal love was also extended to her one and only grandaughter Carmen Bodley, the light of Chelle's life. Then there was Roscoe, the family's Shih-tzu Yorkie terrier mix whom she adored.

Chelle lived for a good time, and every day was perfect for a crab feast as far as she was concerned. She liked to travel and specialized in unplanned roadtrips. She frequently visited family in Elkton, MD, Delaware, North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona. Her impromptu adventures usually started with her asking an unsuspecting victim, "U rollin' with a sista"? There was never an ETA for return. As much as we hate to say goodbye, this time she had to go alone. We'll see you soon Chelle Belle. Love you!

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, there will be no immediate funeral for Michelle. She will be privately laid to rest at Fort Lincoln Cemetary in Bladensburg, Maryland at an unannounced date and time. Rest assured, she will be memorialized in a well-deserving manner on her birthday, July 29, 2020, when everyone may attend. The family is grateful to each and every one of you for your thoughts, prayers, and condolences. Please join us right now in celebrating Michelle by sharing a memory, picture, or view her life story at www.dignitymemorial.com