Ethel Odetta Pilkerton

Ethel Odetta Redman Pilkerton, 86, of Hollywood, MD died on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in LaPlata, MD.


Ethel was the last surviving child of the late Jesse Andrew and Lucy Madeleine Bean Redman. She was born on March 1, 1931 in Valley Lee, MD and had a deep family history in St. Mary’s County. She enjoyed playing softball as a teen, playing cards with family, listening to music, boating, crabbing, cooking, and everything coconut. She attended Little Flower School in Great Mills and graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Ridge.


She was the wife of John Henry Pilkerton, son of the late John Henry and Mary Lillian Quade Pilkerton. They married on April 14th, 1952 at St. George’s Roman Catholic Church in Valley Lee and celebrated almost 66 years together.


She was a homemaker and mother of six children: Michael Gary Pilkerton (Karen), Patricia Ann Wood (Jim), John Henry Pilkerton, IV (Rose), Joseph Wayne Pilkerton (Debbie), Richard Thomas Pilkerton, Jay Marshall John Pilkerton; several grandchildren: Michael G. Pilkerton, Jr., Stephen W. Pilkerton (Annie), Rachel Craven (Chris), Allison K. Anderson (Eric), Katherine L. Wood, Christopher J. Wood, Ashley P. Pilkerton, Kelly L. Pilkerton, Jordan R. Pilkerton, Cory Pilkerton, Amanda L. Pilkerton DeGuzman (Tim); two great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.


In addition to her parents, Ethel was preceded in death by her siblings, Elizabeth Viola Saunders, Paul Vincent Redman, Joseph Ignatius Redman, Mary Kathleen Redman (Sister Francis Inez), Agnes Madeleine Poe, Philip Gregory Redman, Rose Leona Bradburn, and Ann Marie Redman.


Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. by Reverend Paul Nguyen, at St. George’s Catholic Church, 19199 St. George’s Church Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.


Serving as pallbearers are Gary, John, Joe, Richard, and Jay Pilkerton; Jim Wood and Tim DeGuzman.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20650 and St. George’s Roman Catholic Church, 19199 St. George’s Church Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692.


Condolences to the family may be made at


Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

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