Clarice Estelle Douglas was born to Mary Douglas and Benjamin Jones on Sept. 9, 1966. Clarice received her early education in Philadelphia attending Sister Clara Muhammad School later transferring to Philadelphia Public Schools. She graduated from West Philadelphia High attending secretarial school to improve her clerical skills, Clarice had a thirst for knowledge she also completed extensive security training.
Clarice met the love of her life, Wayne Newell, and they welcomed two children, Arnesa Newell and Wayne Newell Jr.
She held many jobs in her life, armed security officer, clerical assistant, and cashier. Years later Clarice left the conventional workforce to devote full attention to her growing family. She enjoyed loving and raising her children was often seen playing basketball and riding bicycles with them in the neighborhood. In the mist of caring for her family, Clarice’s mother’s health started to decline and she became her caretaker, competently and compassionately providing continuous care.
In spite of all her responsibilities, she maintained close relationships with her sister Kim, cousins Jessie, Thoma, Arlene and a special loving aunt Rebecca. Clarice’s love for her neighborhood and friends was immeasurable she regularly shared food, resources, and goodwill with her neighbors.
Clarice is deeply missed by her beloved parents, mother Mary Douglas, and father Benjamin Jones; three daughters Anesa, Keyonna, and Bryonna; two sons: Wayne Jr. and Savion; a sister Kim Willis; a grand daughter: Jamazsha Newell; five uncles: John, Joe, Donald, Clarence, and David; two aunts, Rebecca Ramsome and Sheryl Jones; “special mother figure” Ann Newell, mother’s niece: Christine Cain Smith and nephew Charles William Cain Jr.; a nephew Asyan Bility, a niece Maryam Bility; a step mother Sacaree Rhodes Jones, a special companion and friend: Stan; and a host of wonderful cousins.
Clarice was preceded in death by maternal grandmother Maggie Douglas, paternal grandmother Clarice Douglas, paternal grandfather Arthur Jones Sr., aunt Harriet Douglas, uncle Arthur Jones Jr.
She is fondly remembered and loved by a host of friends and neighbors whose lives she touched and made smile.
Funeral Services will be held April 28 at 10 a.m. at Miracle Temple of Christ, 2600 Tasker Ave.
There will be a first viewing at Powell Mortuary Services 2432 N. 27th St. April 27 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The second viewing will be held at Miracle Temple of Christ on April 28 from 9 .m. to 10 a.m. Pastor Warren Martin is the senior pastor. Interment Chelten Hills Cemetery.