Jean D. Waters, 66

SSA worker, musician

August 10, 2007

Jean D. Waters, a church musician and retired Social Security Administration employee, died Monday of cancer at her Southwest Baltimore home. She was 66.

Born Jean Delois Lokeman in Baltimore and raised on Leeds Street, she was a 1959 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She earned a degree at the Peabody Conservatory.

As a young woman, she worked in St. Agnes Hospital's nursery. She was later a benefits authorizer at the Social Security agency in Woodlawn, where she retired in 2004 after 31 years of service. She also helped direct the SSA choir.

Mrs. Waters began playing the piano at the age of 7 and became the musician at Evergreen African Methodist Episcopal Church as well as the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She played the organ and directed choirs.

An alto, she was a member of the National Baptist Conference Choir.

"She loved holiday music at church - Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas," said a daughter, Latania Williams of Baltimore. "She always had gospel music playing throughout the house."

She also collected angel and gospel choir figurines.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Village Baptist Church, 100 S. Hilton St., where she was a member and also played.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include two sons, David Waters of Key West, Fla., and Miles Waters of Baltimore; another daughter, Tina Hopkins of Bowie; two brothers, J. Royce Lokeman of Silver Spring and Vondalear Smith of Catonsville; a sister, Anita Alexander of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Her marriage to David D. Waters ended in divorce.

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