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OBITUARY - Willetta Washington

Service Info

Service Date & Time
Friday, Jul 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Compton| Thur., Jul 16, 2020| 1:00P-5:00P
Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 E. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301
Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 E. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301

In Loving Memory of Willetta Washington

August 1, 1926 - June 27, 2020

Willetta was born on August 1, 1926, in Orange, Texas, to Wilmer Shakesnider and Johnnie Shakesnider. She was one of two children. Willetta accepted Christ at an early and was baptized at Salem Methodist Church.

Willetta received her education in Orange, Texas, where she  graduated from Emma H. Wallace High School.

Willetta and the love of her life Curtis Washington were married on June 14, 1949, in Port Arthur, Texas. Curtis was a Merchant Marine. As a Seaman, Curtis, was constantly on the move sailing around the world. Like many others, they came to California to seek a better life. At that time, she found a church home with Grant AME and was a faithful member until her passing.

Willetta and Curtis became very close to Willie and Mary Evelyn; they came to be her extended family. They were inseparable. Both families ended up in San Pedro, where there were many work opportunities. She had a full career with LAUSD through to retirement.

Willetta had plenty of time on her hands to be an aunt to her extended family. She was loved by all and gave unconditionally. She was always there for every birthday, or any special occasion. We could not have had a better loving aunt than her. Cakes and cookies for every birthday, as well as an abundance of gifts from around the world. Willetta was always on the go, baking, and cooking for all of us.

Those who preceded her in death were her parents, Johnnie and Wilmer Shakesnider, her husband Curtis Washington, her brother Wilmer Shakesnider, a nephew Melvin Haynes, and extended family Willie and Mary Evelyn McGee.

Those left to cherish her memories are niece Jo Helen Williams of Dayton, Ohio, extended nieces and nephews: Lillie Harris, Jackie, and Carol McGee, Ray and Nina McGee, Stephen McGee, William McGee, Billy, and Terisita O‚Banonnon. She also leaves close friend Reverend Hester Lively and goddaughter Antoinette Moore, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. 

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The family of Willetta Washington would like to thank you for the many acts of loving-kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

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