Willie Mae Stevenson went home to be with Jesus on March 2, 2021, at the age of 75. Willie Mae was the proud daughter of Major and Queen Denny of Athens, Alabama born on March 14, 1945. She was the sister to Catherine Brooks of Cincinnati, sister-in-law Bobbie Jean Gibbs of Rockford, II. Siblings that preceded her death were Arie Benford, James Denny(Katherine), Walker Holt, Sister-in-law Lorene Jones(James).
She attended Trinity High School and Calhoun College of Athens, Alabama, and Rock Valley College in Rockford II. Willie Mae was married to Tommy Lee Roper they had four children Gary Roper, Greta Garrison (Jimmy), Angelina Floyd (Alex Simpson) all of Cincinnati who will cherish her memories. Lillie Mae Roper preceded her in death.
In 1969 Willie Mae married Bobby Lee Stevenson, who preceded her in death in 2002. He was the love of her life and they raised their family in Rockford. Illinois. They were long-time members of Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Namon Kline followed by Pastor Calvin Malone. There she was known as Mother Stevenson because she was on the Mother's Board. She started the Missionary Board. She sang in the choir and was involved in a lot of different organizations. The Jerusalem members were truly a part of her large extended second family, which she loved very much. She had a very close bond with Joyce and Heather Thomas and their mother, Mother Thomas. Willie Mae moved to Cincinnati to be with her children and she joined New Prospect Baptist church under the leadership of Pastor Damon Lynch III. Mother Stevenson looked forward to attending weekly services.
Our Mother worked for over 20 years at Swedish American Hospital in Central Supply and then at Rockford Public Schools in the cafeteria. Our Mother had a strong relationship with God, she read the Bible, Daily word and prayed every day. She encouraged her family to do the same. She loved holidays, family gatherings, and vacations. She loved listening to Gospel music as well as The Blues.
She will leave to cherish her memory seven grandchildren, Brittany Mcdonald (Farrin) Gary Roper (Tiffany) Nichole Roper, Jalesia Garrison, 'Demetrius Brooks and Kennedi Roper, and Jimmy C. Garrison, 13 great-grandchildren, Goddaughter Kesiha Lockhart (Mark). All of her cousins, nieces, and nephews, and a host of other family members and friends from Ohio, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, and California had a very SPECIAL bond with her. Her presence will be greatly missed.
Visitation is from 12 noon until 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at the New Prospect Baptist Church, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati (45237). The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation beginning at 1:00 pm. Everyone attending must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, Mt. Healthy, 45231.
In keeping with the Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions masks are required in order to enter the service and social distancing must be practiced. Please be prepared to comply for the safety of all.
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