Lemma J. Terrell (1937 - 2015)

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Lemma Jean Gray Terrell, the youngest of ten children, went home to be with The Lord on Aug. 8, 2015, while living in Lompoc, Calif. She was born to Myrtle Louise Parker and Irving Owen Gray on Jan. 24, 1937. Lemma was preceded in death by a daughter, Anva Gray; her mother; father; five sisters; and two brothers. Lemma joined Freewell Baptist Church in Sedalia, Mo., where she accepted Christ at a young age. During her high school years she was captain of her basketball team. She graduated from Hubbard High School in 1954, and gained employment at the local nursing home, where she worked as an assistant for many years. In 1970, Lemma relocated Lompoc, Calif., where she became an active member of Truro Vine Babtist West Mission #2. She later transferred her membership to Saint James Missionary Babtist Church, where she was involved in the choir. Lemma was employed at Columbia Records. She worked at Vandenberg Air Force Base as a security guard before moving to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1998, and became a member of Shiloh Babtist Church. Lemma worked for the Environmental Protection Agency for nine years. She met and married Arthur Terrell. Lemma loved Alaska, she once stated, "Moving to Alaska was the best decision I've ever made in my life." Due to failing health, Lemma returned to Lompoc, Calif., to be with family and friends. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Arthur Terrell of Anchorage, Alaska; two siblings, Florine Bernard of Lompoc and Quentin Gray of San Pedro, Calif.; four children, Erick and Darreld Belle of Lompoc, Bonita Belle-Banks of Arlington, Texas, and Tammy Belle of St. Louis, Mo.; six grandchildren, Derrick Belle, Terrial Gilmore, Shannon Banks, Lacy Gray, Alex Belle and Sasha Banks; 10 great-grandchildren, Childell Gilmore, McKayia Banks, Jaiden Carter, Teara Gilmore, Jorden Gray, Adrian and Jaiden banks, Demieko Gilmore, Aaliyah Banks and Jiraiya Gilmore; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Services will be held at True Vine Bible Fellowship, 533 Avalon Street, Lompoc, CA 93436 on Aug. 22, 2015, at 1 p.m.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 15, 2015