2015-10-14 / Obituaries

The Legacy of Mamie Washington

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. 0ctober 6, 2015 at 4:05 a.m. God came to University Hospital to reclaim the life of our Mother and friend, Mamie Lou Washington.

Mamie Lou, the daughter of the late Maggie Walker and John Carpenter Washington, Sr., was born to them on June 4, 1927 in Burke County, Ga.

Following the death of both parents as a young child, she was later reared until adulthood by one of her Aunts, the late Azalene Walker.

Mamie Lou is also preceded in death by her eldest beloved son, Freddie Lee Washington, as well as her brothers, John Carpenter Washington, Jr. and Charlie Adell.

Following several household cleaning jobs, Mamie gained employment with Burke County Hospital's Dietary Department where she worked faithfully for over 33 years. When her illnesses began to manifest, her children made it possible for her retire.

Mamie's strong relationship with the Lord and her faith in God gave her strength through all of her trials and tribulations. She was a devoted member of Thankful Missionary Baptist Church where she was the Mother of the Church. Mother Washington delighted in bible studies, hearing the gospel, and singing in the choir.

Mamie Lou enjoyed spending time with her friends and being in the midst of others. She had a fantastic sense of humor, was generous, and had a kind and loving spirit. She was adventurous, enjoyed new experiences, especially traveling. Following her retirement, together with her children, she was able to fulfill her dream to travel to many places including Bermuda, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston, South Carolina, Tybee Island and Savannah, Ga., Atlanta, Ga., Detroit, Michigan, Maryland, Washington DC, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Mamie Lou's greatest accomplishment was the development of her Family. Despite many hardships raising six children almost single handedly under very poor financial conditions, she kept her children together.

Her children worked hard to show their appreciation for all of her unselfish sacrifices and to make her proud of them. She taught her children and showed them with her example, the importance of family closeness and togetherness. This is her Legacy. Affectionately called Granny by both her children and grandchildren, she leaves to cherish her memory; one son, Hillary Washington (Betty) Clinton, MD; four (4) daughters: Brenda Ellison (Frank), Douglaston, NY; Juanita Washington, Harlem, New York; Judy Morrow (Harold), Augusta, GA., and Diane Stanfield (William) Augusta, GA.; 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Her family will love and miss her forever. Please pray for us that we can continue her legacy.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Thankful Baptist Church, 901 Martin Luther King Drive, Waynesboro, Ga. Viewing will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Phinazee and Son Funeral Home.

Return to top