Willie Mae Brumfield (1928 - 2017)

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Willie Mae Brumfield, 89, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 19, 2017. She was surrounded by loved ones while living in Las Vegas, Nev., for a short period. She was the second oldest child born unto Johnny and Flossie James Taylor on Aug. 16, 1928, in Wilma, La. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Alonzo Taylor, George Taylor, Wilton Taylor, Wallace Taylor, Johnnie Taylor Jr. and Hilton Taylor; sister, Lillie Mae Miller and Allean Taylor; and grandson, Glen Jackson.
She leaves to cherish her life and love her children, Walter V. Santemore of New Orleans, La., Rosemary McGowan and Emile Santemore of Wasilla, Alaska, Diane Santemore and Irma J. Santemore of Las Vegas, Nev.; her brother, Frank Taylor of Independence, La.; her grandsons, Reginald Tuggle, Bubbie McGowan Jr. and Patrick McGowan of Anchorage, Alaska, and Stacy Santemore of New Orleans, La.; granddaughters, Demetris Tuggle and Lazette Jackson of Anchorage, Alaska, and LaShanda McGowan of Las Vegas, Nev., Tanesha Santemore of New Orleans, La., Tashina and Vanessa Smith all of Seattle, Wash., 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Willie Mae lived in Independence, La., at a young age until she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1971. She was employed by the Anchorage School District as a custodian. After retiring, she became a volunteer at the Fairview Elementary as a Foster Grandparent for more than 15 years. She had a love for the little children. Ms. Brumfield was a member at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Anchorage for more than 30 years. Her most enjoyable time was planting her garden. Gardening was a skill she learned from her grandfather, Frank James. She was featured in the Senior Voice Newspaper for her green thumb and she taught others to grow a garden. Her other pastime was knitting blankets for her kids and grandchildren. She was our super woman, a strong tower and our legacy.
Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Big Creek Cemetery, Kenwood, La., Richardson Funeral Home 501 NW Central Avenue, Amite, LA 70422.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2017
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