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Nawassa Louise Walker Anding transitioned from the earthly home to her heavenly home on February 23, 2018, surrounded by a host of family and friends.
She was born March 7, 1931, to Charles and Lizzie Mae Barnes Walker in Prentiss, Miss.
She professed a love of Christ at a young age and met and married the love of her life at church. She and Gregory Anding Sr. married March 29, 1947, at Monticello, Miss. They were married 70 loving years.
Her family moved to Illinois in the 1950s and united with Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She sang in the Senior Choir, worked the kitchen Ministry, Ushers Board and the Mothers Board, where she served as president until her health declined.
She worked for District 118 as a lunch monitor.
She is survived by her husband, Gregory Anding Sr.; daughters Willodene Ridgeway, Jacqueline (Elroy) Clark, Lenora Anding, Brenda Relliford, Carolyn (Felder) Richard and Marie Glover; sons Gregory (Iris) Jr. Larry, David and Harland Anding; brothers Robbie (Cheryl) Walker, Johnnny Walker; god-brother Lonnie Ford; sister Latashia Walker-Smith; and special niece Elizabeth Walker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Dorothy Holloway and Jessie Ruth Williams; brother Albert Oatis; sons Charles and Douglas; and grandson Abel Relliford.
Mother Anding was an excellent cook and made the best pies. She was blessed to have a great friendship with Alberta Joyner, Annette Lewis, Owen Nelson, Glenda McCloud, Barbara Haskins, Barbara Hill, caregiver Cherly Dower and many others. A special thank you to Dr. Labayog M.D., OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center and Gardenview Assisted Living Center Staff who were so kind and compassionate to our mother.
She was blessed with 33 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
We will miss our mother, but God knows best. Mother Anding was indeed a Proverbs 31 woman! She will be missed as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. We will miss our matriarch, but God knew best.
A Home Going Celebration will commence at noon Monday, March 5, at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N. Bowman Ave. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of the services. A public viewing will be noon-3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Leek and sons Funeral Home. Pastor Lucious Barber and Rev. C. E. Barnes II of Antioch Baptist Church, South Chicago, and Rev. Byron Smith of Lifting the Veil Ministry, Carson Calif., will be officiating. Burial at Danville National Cemetery.
Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St., is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com
Published on March 2, 2018
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