Wilma Marie “Lil Wil” Landry Francis, beloved daughter of the late Wilbert and Louise BoydLandry, departed this world, to return back to her heavenly father, on Thursday May 3, 2018 at 10:48 a.m. at her residence. She was 72 years of age.
Visitation will be observed on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the New Zorah Baptist Church 604 Julia Street Morgan City, LA, from 9:00 AM until funeral services at 11:00 AM. The Reverend Terry L. Joseph, Sr. will officiate the services. Burial will follow funeral services in the Morgan City Cemetery in Morgan City.
Wilma was born in Bell Rose, Louisiana, July 4, 1945, and later moved to Donaldsonville, Louisiana. While working for BellSouth she was transferred to the Morgan City branch and retired after 25 years of service.
Sis. Wilma, as she was called by nearly everyone that knew her, was a strong Christian woman.
Her parents raised her up in the church and she was baptized at an early age. She also raised her children and grandchildren the same way, in the church. Sis. Wilma was devoted to being a servant of God by serving in serval ministries in the church. She taught Sunday School, BTU, was a member of home mission, and sang in the choir.
Whenever she sang solos it seems as though all of Heaven opened to hear the praises that came from her lips.
Sis. Wilma was the “Rock” in her family. She was their African Queen. She had a smile that lit up the room and a hug that would make you feel as though you were melting in her arms. It was so anointed that her adult children would run not wanting her to touch them.
This African Queen, also had a stern way about herself. She was easy to talk to and gave good advice. She never beat around the bush and she could give you a look that sometimes answered the question before you would ask, without saying a word.
She was a strong spiritual mother, grand and great grandmother that continuously gave praises to the Lord with one hand, while swatting you with the other. She also, would give her last to any of them as well as to a stranger.
Sis. Wilma loved all of her children but had a special love for those grandchildren. She loved God and wanted to make sure they all knew God and his son Jesus.
Wilma leaves to cherish her memories, two sons, Johnathan Francis of Morgan City, LA, and Marvin (Veronica Walker) Francis Sr of Opelousas, LA; four daughters, Lydia Francis, Cherelyn Francis Turner, and Melanie Francis Randle all of Morgan City, LA and Marya Landry Charlot of New Iberia, LA, 21 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildrenwith a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbert and Louise Boyd Landry; two brothers Claude and Nathan Landry, and a sister Hilda Mae Landry McCoy; both her paternal and maternal grandparents, several uncles, aunts, one son-in-law, William Randle Jr, and one grandchild, Bry-Ant' John Michael Landry Charlot.