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Maevonia Caldwell

May 1, 1941 — November 5, 2023

East Brunswick


We are gathered here today to celebrate the life and legacy of Maevonia Caldwell, a beloved teacher, mother, wife, and friend. Maevonia touched the lives of countless individuals throughout her life, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Born on May 1, 1941, Maevonia grew up in Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York as the daughter of a pastor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rochester and a teaching certificate from the state of New York. She embarked on a career as a teacher and married her husband in the same year! Her passion for teaching was evident in the way she connected with her students and made learning an enjoyable experience.

In New Jersey, she extended her career as the NJ Director of Head Start for a dozen years. Subsequently, she became Director of Mill Hill Daycare Center for another dozen years, retiring in the mid 1990s.

Maevonia will always be remembered for her loving and caring nature. Her genuine kindness and compassionate personality touched the hearts of those around her. She was a trustworthy friend who could always be relied upon for support and advice. Her warmth and generosity created a safe space for anyone who sought solace or guidance.

Beyond her career as a teacher, Maevonia cherished her time spent with family. Going on family vacations with her husband, Dr. Chandos F. Caldwell, Jr. and their son Brent created cherished memories that will forever be held close to their hearts. Together they experienced the joy of exploring new places and creating lasting bonds.

In addition to her dedication to family and education, Maevonia found solace in her faith at First Baptist Church Lincoln of Gardens. Being an active member of the Board of Trustees and of the church community brought immense joy to her life. She found strength in prayer and fellowship with fellow congregants, giving her the resilience to face life's challenges with grace.

One of Maevonia's proudest accomplishments was founding the "Lost Soul's Project" (a 501c3 organization) in East Brunswick Township. This project shed light on the little known history of free blacks from Central Jersey sold into slavery in southern states. Through meticulous research and untiring efforts, the organization honors these Americans and ensures that their powerful story is preserved for future generations.

Maevonia's passing leaves a void in the lives of those who loved her. She is survived by her devoted husband, Chandos Caldwell, and their son Brent, along with daughter-in-law Michelle Gabriel-Caldwell. The light of her life continues to shine through her grandchildren, Avery and Chelsea, who brought her immense pride and joy. Her memory will forever be cherished by her cousin Janice Brown, whose bond with Maevonia held a special place in both their hearts. She will be missed as well by extended family members and friends.

Maevonia's family was an integral part of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Milton L. Daniels and Louisiana Daniels, and by her brother Milton Daniels Jr.

On November 13th, 2023, there will be a funeral viewing from 2:00-3:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens located 771 Somerset St, Somerset, NJ 08873. Followed by the Funeral service at 3:00pm. On November 16th the entombment of Mrs. Caldwell take place at 11:00am at White Heaven Memorial Park located 210 Marsh Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534.

As we bid farewell to Maevonia Caldwell, let us remember the glorious memories she leaves behind. Her dedication to education, unwavering love for family, and passionate commitment to preserving history will forever inspire us. Let us celebrate the life of this remarkable woman who touched the hearts of so many.

May your gentle soul find eternal rest, dear Maevonia Caldwell.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, November 13, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens

771 Somerset St, Franklin Township, NJ 08873

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Funeral Service

Monday, November 13, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens

771 Somerset St, Franklin Township, NJ 08873

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

White Haven Memorial Park

210 Marsh Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534

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