The Life of Lucy
The incomparable Lucy Mae Wilson was born June 14, 1920, in Snow Hill, Texas and grew up in Crocket, Texas. She was the seventh child born to Julia and William Richard.
Lucy grew up on a farm, one of three girls, whose main job was to help her mother in the kitchen; helping her mother prepare food for her father and eight brothers. Lucy finished high school in Texas and had such a beautiful voice that she was also given voice lessons.
Lucy moved away with the rest of the family to California in 1941, after the Great Depression of 1929 had taken its toll on the South and the life of her father, the family patriarch. In 1941, after moving away from her farm girl roots and into the big city of Los Angeles, she eventually purchased a home in Inglewood, California to continue raising her family with Arthur Wilson. Lucy also strongly believed in family values and was often coined by many as the “glue that held our family together.” Lucy was a good Christian girl who loved church, she also had an impeccable sense of style, sass, and grace that was instantly recognized. Everyone loved Lucy, from her southern charm to her magical voice she used as tool for God until she perished. She was president of the Rebecca Circle at Victory Baptist Church and also she sang in the choir. Lucy was very active in the community in which she lived. She made it her point to vote at every election that pertained to her community and the governmental process. She was a wonderful cook. She prided herself on never missing a day of work. She went to school and became a CNA. From there she continued until she received her license as a LVN. Lucy drove all over the city from the hills to the ocean taking care of her patients.
Even though Lucy had six children, you would never know when entering her home. Everything was kept in place and there was a place for everything. You would find her children up and busy on Saturday mornings vacuuming and cleaning. Lucy was a gentle soul who could stand her ground if need be. She was the consumate southern lady with a heart and spirit of gold.
Those who preceded her in death were her parents Julia & William Richard; husband Arthur James Wilson; two children, Alton Brown and Joseph Nichols; her brothers and sisters, Reverend James L. Richard, Ada Bell Brown, Clifton Richard, Reverend Delessie Richard, Robert Richard, Henry Richard, Roy Richard and William Richard, Jr., Wilma Franklin, Willike Richard. Lucy was the last one standing.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory: her eldest daughter Linda Weaver; eldest son Billy Richards; daughter, Brenda Wilson; son Arthur Wilson Sr.; ten grandchildren: Vincent Anderson, Michael Weaver, Ryan Fleming, Aiysha Clark, Lanisha Clark, Kathy Richards, Darnell Richards, Jonathan Richards, AJ Wilson III, Rayshaan Wilson and Christian Wilson; six great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
September 06, 2013 • 11:00am