Official Obituary of

Dartha Wakefield

February 14, 2024

Dartha Wakefield Obituary

Dartha Wakefield 83 of Vauxhall, NJ departed this life on February 14, 2024. A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 10:00 am at the 

St. Paul's Calvary United Church of God 2780 Vauxhall Road Union, New Jersey. Visitation 9:00am until time of service.

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, Valentine’s Day, Mother Dartha Cannon Wakefield received her wings and transitioned into Heaven.

Dartha, beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend was born to the late Cozy and Lois Cannon on January 11, 1941, in Wrightsville, Georgia.  They soon relocated to Vauxhall, New Jersey.

Dartha resided in Vauxhall most of her life and attended Union Township schools. 

Dartha, worked at the Union Township Community Action (U.T.C.A.O.) for over 25 years as a teacher’s aide, and was affectionately known as “Ms. Dot” by her students, parents, and co-workers.  She helped raise generations of children, whom she still had relationships with until the present.

Dartha was famous for her delicious macaroni salad and potato salad, making special orders for church and family events; but always giving Bishop Campbell his special order with no onions in a special container.

Dartha loved her seven children, who she raised as a single parent. She gave them love and guidance with the help of the Lord.

Dartha accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior over 40 years ago and began working diligently within St. Paul’s Calvary United Church of God, under the pastorate of her Pastor, then Elder Claude L. Campbell.

She was a member of the Missionary Board, Adult and Missionary Choirs, Sunday School, Kitchen Committee, and loved serving as the Vice President of the Nurse’s Unit, along side her dear friend, the Late Mother Lucille Hill, later becoming President.  She was also appointed to the Mother’s Board by Bishop Campbell, and worked in any capacity that her hands could find to do.  She became a member of the SPC Crochet Ministry and loved bringing her granddaughters, and great granddaughter with her, one of whom, who has turned her craft into a profitable business.  Mother Wakefield was known to be a praiser, and loved dancing before the Lord despite how she may have been feeling.

Mother Wakefield was preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Wakefield, her parents, her son, William Shelton Wakefield, her twin brother Darlfus (Deek), brothers Kenneth, Delman, Harvey, Cozy, Jr. and sisters Lana Jones and Betty (Azizah) Muhammad, and special cousin, Shirley Cannon Lyles.

Mother Wakefield leaves to cherish her memory, her brother, James Outlaw, Midville, Georgia; sisters, Letha Coston, Vauxhall, NJ, and Fern Packwood (Union, NJ); sister-in-law, Bertha Mathews (Vauxhall, NJ); beloved children, Kenneth Edward (Dessie Jo-Anne), Mark, Tracey (Francisco) Beltran, Brian, Michael Corey (Latressa), James Anthony (Khadijah) and her special niece/daughter, Sharon Cannon.

Eleven grandchildren, Charmaine, Kenneth Justin, Christopher (Danielle), Travis (Jai), Maria, Raynard, Anthony, Alexis, Siera, Jenna, and Avery.

Ten great-grandchildren, Jazmyn, Paris, Travis, Jr., Gianna, Ethan, Mia, Reina, Elijah, Elena, and Christian; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, church family and friends. 



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