Easter Mae Salmond was born on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1934, in Boykin, South Carolina, to the late Lillie (Peggy) Gridine and Carolina (Dobe) Hollmon. As a child, she assisted her parents in sharecropping, while receiving early education in Horatio. In 1955, the family moved to Camden, where she met Leon Salmond. The two were later married on March 7, 1957 and from this union, three children were born: Leon Jr., Isaac, and Easter Vanessa.
Easter worked for many years for local pediatrician, Dr. Charles Zemp, before being employed by Kershaw County School District. Throughout her profession, she worked at Camden Primary, Camden Elementary, Camden Middle and Lugoff Elementary Schools in the food service department prior to retiring in 2002. Throughout her life, not only did Easter raise her own children but she was also responsible for the care of some of her nieces and nephew. These include Marilyn (Carolyn Salmond), Pamela (Lisa) Hollmon, Roosevelt (Cat) Hollmon, and Maurisa Salmond. She also raised her two grandchildren, the late Robert C. Salmond, and his sister Nancy Salmond.
Easter accepted Christ as her personal savior in 1956 and joined Good Hope Methodist Church. She later became a member of Broom Hill Baptist Church in the 1960s. She was a member of the Eastern Star, as well a member of Missionary Board, Usher Board, and member of Broom Hill Gospel Choir.
Throughout her life, Easter was known for cooking and baking. She was always charitable, honest, hardworking and always put family first.
Easter Salmond departed life on May 1, 2021. Easter was preceded in death by her sisters: Liltha Arthur, Elsie Johnson, Rosetta Hayes, Naomi Hollmon, Nancy Belton; two brothers: Robert Hollmon and Carolina Hollmon Jr.
Easter is survived by her husband Leon B. Salmond, Sr.; two sons, Leon Salmond, Jr. and Isaac Salmond; one daughter, Easter Vanessa Slater; one surviving grandchild, Nancy Salmond; two daughters-in-law, Delores and Gail; one son-in-law, Bernard Slater; two surviving sisters, Christine Gathers and Geneva P. Hollmon; four brothers-in-law; Isaac Salmond III, George Salmond, Henry Salmond and Eugene Salmond; four sisters-in- law, Dorothy Hollmon, Irma Salmond, Wilhelmina Salmond, and Carolyn Salmond and by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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