"Pastor Geraldine Veronica Gilliam, affectionately known as “Ma Gilliam” was born in Washington, D.C. on October 7, 1940. She was the seventh out of eight children of Earl Hall Sr., and Loretta Hall. She married at the age of seventeen and out of that union she had three beautiful daughters. Teresa, Marguerita, and Bernadette. She loved her girls, and there was nothing that she would not do for them. She would pray for them and protect them, as a Mama Bear protected her cubs. After a period of illness, she parted her life peacefully on Sunday, September 3 at Washington Hospital Center. \n \nDuring her career she held various jobs, from being a security guard to being a Housekeeper for Burlington and Covington. In 1983, she accepted the Lord as her Personal Savior and joined Peace Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Emeritus Arie L. Mangrum Jr, Pastor, where she was baptized. She immediately started working for the Lord, by witnessing about Jesus and passing out gospel tracts as she led many souls to Christ. She was never ashamed of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and she would always give all glory unto Him. She remained at Peace Baptist Church until 1998 when she joined Newness of Life Bible Church along with her daughters Teresa and Margarita. \n \nWhile attending Newness of Life, she established a strong foundation, in the word of God by praying, studying and attending bible study and prayer services regularly. As she began to increase at a deeper level with the Lord, she was elevated and became a Licensed Minister, Ordained Elder, and Pastor under the leadership of Bishop James and Pastor Vanessa Mills. For several years she was trained, developed, and prepared for the "work of the ministry”. \n \nIn November 2009, Pastor Gilliam ministered at JB Johnson Nursing Home, in Washington, D.C.. Faithfully, every Sunday, she would take time out to minister to the hurt and broken hearted. She would bring forth the Word of God and also give communion. She loved the Lord, and her life showed it. She took a stand for Jesus Christ, and she did not care who did not like it. If you needed prayer, a shoulder to cry on, or a word of encouragement, you could call on Ma Gilliam. She knew the Word, She spoke the Word, and She lived the Word. It was here at Newness of Life, where she was given the name “Ma Gilliam”. \n \nShe was a mother to the lost, and she did not criticize or judge anyone. She would always say, “Lets Pray About it”, or “What does the Lord say?”. Ma Gilliam was sweet, humble, and sincere, but she was also feisty at times. She meant what she said, and she said what she meant. But she was a kind and loving soul who loved others. She had a quiet, and gentle spirit. She was also a member of The Peoples Church where she enjoyed Sunday School and the Word of God. One of her favorite scriptures was (Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”) and “You have not because you ask not”. Ma Gilliam prayed about everything. As her health began to fail, she could no longer continue to go to church as usual, but she was able to call in on the church line to listen to the services at her church, Newness of Life. \n \nShe would always tell her daughters Teresa and Bernadette, that she would be glad when she could go back to church. Ma Gilliam loved to Praise and Worship the Lord. One of her favorite songs was (“Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise in the morning, Praise Him in the noon time, Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him when the sun goes down”). What an Amazing Women of God, who will truly be missed by many especially her daughters. \n \nMa Gilliam is proceeded in death by her daughter Margarita Ferguson, her mother and father Loretta and Earl Hall Sr, her sister Rosa Diggs, her brothers Earl Hall Jr, Francis Hall, and Melvin Hall. She leaves to cherish her memories: Her devoted daughters Teresa (Sylvester) Wright, Bernadette (Quintin) Brown. Two loving sisters, Burnetta White, and Gwendolyn Wynn. One adoptive daughter Dana (Daryl) Lattimore. Six grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.\n \nVisitation will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 10:00am EDT at Peoples Church, 5406 Brinkley Road, Temple Hills, Maryland, 20748. The Homegoing Celebration will follow at the same location at 11:00am EDT. For those unable to attend in person, a live stream will be available at https://taylorsfuneralhome.com/obituaries/geraldine-gilliam.\n\nWe invite you to share your memories of Geraldine, and to upload photos that capture her spirit, on the memorial page. Your contributions will help to keep her memory alive and provide comfort to those who loved her."