Mrs. Willa Lee Anderson was born to Mr. & Mrs. Stanley (Rose) Anderson on August 5, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Bonneville High School in 1939. She has two children with her first husband, Alfred Lavelle and later had six children with her second husband, Haywood Brown, Sr.
Willa was the nanny and housekeeper for Attorney Carl B. Hunt, until she became a day nurse for De Paul Maternity and Infant Care in Cleveland, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Stanley (Rose) Anderson; daughters, Rosemary Jackson and Rita Smith; sons, Haywood Brown, Jr., Alfred Lavelle and Terry Brown; grandsons, Andraoss V. Shepherd and George Jackson, Jr.; brothers, Lasker Anderson and Reverend Stanley Anderson, Jr.; sisters, Clara Anderson, Mary Clark and Alberta Anderson.
She leaves as her legacy three children, Carol Shepherd Slack, Georgia Gates and Alice Bence; thirty-five grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She will be remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother, who loved to Bake.
A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 at Sims Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Cecil J. Rozier officiating.