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Iris O. Willis

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Iris O. Willis

Portsmouth - Iris Olive Willis, 99, passed away Friday, November 1, 2013. She was born in Ararat, VA to the late Alfred and Emma Dawson. She was a talented poet, artist and a self taught taxidermist. She received her GED at age 64 and continued her education by learning to write and speak Hebrew. She is predeceased by her husband, Charlie Monroe Willis; a daughter, Lucille Willis; a son, Leondard Willis; two sisters; and a brother.

She is survived by a daughter, Loretta Marshall and husband Billy; three sons, Lowell Willis and wife Phyllis, Lloyd Willis and Wayne Willis; a daughter-in-law, Loretta Willis; a brother, Everett Dawson; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. Burial will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Nov. 3, 2013
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