Willie Mae Tyler
December 23, 1938 - May 27, 2020
Willie Mae’s Journey
Willie Mae Tyler departed this place and stepped into complete healing and eternal life on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, at Capital Caring Health Center at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. Willie Mae stayed strong and really showed her family great resilience and perseverance. Constantly proclaiming her faith by saying “Boo to Death; “Ain't Stuntin’ You;” and “Nobody Scared of You.” Her faith and her love of family kept her fighting. God has given much-needed rest to our Rock; a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend; a beautiful brave queen and protector, and the best cook this side of glory.
Willie Mae York, lovingly known as “MaeBelle” or “Maybelline” was born on December 23, 1938, in Adamsville, South Carolina to the late Leroy York and Janie Mae Short. Willie Mae was educated in South Carolina until she relocated to Washington D.C., in 1951. Willie Mae met and married the late Willie Leonard Tyler.
Willie Mae joined First Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church where her mother and most of her relatives were members. She was an active member for twenty years in the Flower Club and Nurses’ Ministries and enjoyed working in the kitchen.
Willie Mae loved to cook and have her family and friends partake of her meals and desserts, especially those lopsided cakes because her oven was “leaning.” She would be considered a master chef whose love for cooking not only fed her family, but served as an additional source of income, that also brought folks together, and created long-lasting memories. Willie Mae’s house was “that” house of love and shelter for many who knew her.
Loved ones that cleared the path for Willie Mae are her sons, Larry and Garry, her sisters; Minnie, Fannie, Lillian, and Delores and her brothers; Roy Jr., Prentiss, James C., and Curtis. Loved ones that will miss Willie Mae until they meet again are her children; Michelle, Renee, Leo (Gina), and Anthony (Sheri) and daughter-in-law; Patricia. Her embraced children; Jack, Aaron (Ernie), Dave, Kevin (Kal), Norman (Norm), and William (Bill). Her grandchildren; Rico (Starr), Angelo (Shard'a), Kacey, Rasheta, Ciara, and Amani (Brandon) and her great-grandchildren; DeAngelo, Jada, Khalil, Journey, Jamir, Rico Jr., Zoe, and Joi. Her sisters; Edith, Irene, Viola, and Jeannette and her brothers; James T. and Clinton, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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