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“TAVA YOUR MOTHER WAS A GOOD PERSON AND ALWAYS HAD A SMILE FOR EVERYONE. SHE WAS A GREAT NEIGHBOR TO ME ALSO . I WILL MISS SEEING HER.RIP ETHEL. ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Shirley minnis - waterbury, CT

“Please accept our deepest sympathies.Carolyn F., Bruni V. & Wanda R. ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Waterbury Housing Authority - CT

“MY PRAYERS&LOVE TO YOU&YOUR FAMILY S.I.P ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: Regina - New Haven, CT - Friend

“Since I can remember remembering anything I've known Ms. Tommie. OMG I can go on and on and on about her presence in building 82. We were all...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Tarshia Faniel - Charlotte, NC

“Always greeted with a a hug and a smile a true role model a beautiful person thank you for being in my life when you were you made it manageable when...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Maria Hulse - Waterbury, CT

“Ms. Ethel was always a joy to have around and always put a smile on the faces of those who were around her. She will truly be missed and forever be...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Stephanie Ramos - Waterbury, CT

“Ms. Ethel was a second Mom,and friend. She is the woman and Mom,I aspire to be. She was Loved by anyone who crossed her path. Her words of wisdom and...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Tyisha Rodgers - Waterbury, CT

“She was a very nice person I new her when we lived on the LongHill she my daughter was 3when the school was on the Hill she was her teacher I'm...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Dessie Davis - CT - Friend

“May God bless the family during this time.Just know you are in our prayers. Be bless. ”
9 of 25 | Posted by: Rev.Frederick Quintel Smith - NJ

“My Condolences to the family. ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: Deborah Davis - Hadley - FL

“May God comfort and strengthen The Family during this difficult time. Deepest sympathy to all. ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Sakya Gaston - Waterbury, CT

“My deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time, i will continue to keep you in my prayers. Xhwxh ”
12 of 25 | Posted by: Tammy Powell - Waterbury, CT

“I worked with Ms. Ethel at the preschool. She always had a smile on her face and a warm greeting when you came in her classroom. She will be missed. ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: Cynthia Rybczyk - Coworker

“An angel that once walked among us, now lives through us. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Colleen O'Daly - Hamden, CT

“Ms Ethel, as my husband and I called her will truly be missed, such a sweetheart, our deepest condolences to the family ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: Yvonne Duren - Tarboro, NC

“Me. Ethel was the sweetest soul. Very kind to others especially the children she worked with. One of those was a volunteer name Eddie my son, he...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Maria Soto - Woodbury, CT

“Ms.Ethel wil always be remembered by me. She's a beautiful soul and I love her dearly. She taught me a lot in the 10 years I had the pleasure to...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Krystle Sampt - Waterbury, CT

“This special lady will be forever loved and missed. ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: Donielle Lorde - Waterbury, CT

“Sorry for your loss. Ms. Ethel I got Ella in Miss Bibi's class though a little late. I hope you got to chat with Bibi about her. And I send my...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Licinia Testa - Wtby, CT

“So very sorry for your loss ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: Betty Minnifield - Wtby, CT

“Blessings and prayers of comfort to all the family of Ms. Ethel. Such a sweet, kind lady who I have the fondest memories of. My children Freddie and...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Wendy Jone - Waterbury, CT

“My prayers our with your family Tava! ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Krystal Cheney - Southington, CT

“May you rest in peace Ms. Ethel you were always a beautiful person. Thank you for treating my daughter Truessence as if she was one of your own Grand...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Crystal Spires - Waterbury, CT

“MS. TOMMY , we all will miss you and your caring soul, I will always remember our talks sitting on the wall on the hill , and i know so many other...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: MARGIE Allen - waterbury, CT

“I'm sorry I can't be with you in your time of loss my prayers are with you always ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: Marion Saunders - Lillington, NC


Ethel Irene Rountree "Tommy" 69 entered into eternal rest on Friday, September 7, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness. She was in the company of her loving daughter Tava Rice.
Ethel was born on February 26, 1949 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to the late Beulah Mae Rountree-Bryant.
She attended the Elizabeth City public school system and continued her education at Elizabeth City University from which she graduated. Ethel later relocated to Waterbury, CT in the mid 70's where she attended Naugatuck Valley Community College and obtained her A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked for N. O. W. Inc. as a teacher's assistant for their Early Childhood Programs from 1979 until her retirement in 2015.
Ethel was a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend that put God first. She was loved by her daughter, Tava and son Dino. She was adored by her grandchildren who felt she could walk on water she did know wrong in their eyes. As far as her many nieces and nephews were concerned there wasn't a problem she couldn't help them solve or a secret she couldn't keep and never judged them or anyone else. She was a woman that opened her doors, heart and arms to people in need.
Ethel was a proud member of the Burning Bush Church & served as "Mother" to the church congregation. Tommy as she was affectionately known as loved, shopping, cooking, traveling, trips to the casino & most of all her family, she always enjoyed traveling back home to be with family. She was known to many as Ma, Aunt Tommy, Grams, G-Ma & Ms. Ethel she will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was the heart and soul of the Berkeley Knights Drill Team & Drum Corps where she was the Administrative Director for over 30 years. When Berkley Knights Drill Team was marching she was marching and cheering them on in everything they did from practice, fundraising to road trips she was always there for them with a great big smile and discipline with love when needed.

She leaves behind to continue her legacy one son Marcus "Dino" Rountree, one daughter Tava (Ronald) Rice; four grandchildren, Marcus "Spunky" Rountree Jr., Damel Rountree, Davion Rountree and Shania Gray; one brother Arthur Bryant, one sister Beulah (Lycell) Johnson; two adopted children Harvey Saunders Jr. and Tawanda Johnson (Taylor, Jay & Kendrick) a special niece Matesha Davis and host of nieces, nephews family & friends. Her best friend for 30 years Dorothy "Dot" Knight; Ethel is predeceased by her two sis Louise Burrus & Pastor Annie Brown.