On a beautiful day, October 11th in the year of Our Lord in 1932 a very precious baby girl to be named in honor of her Grandmother, Betty Jean was born to Ms. Essie Mae Wilson and Mr. Willie McClellan in Meridian, Mississippi. Betty Jean at the time of her birth was baptized into the Catholic Faith. However, during the early years of Betty’s life she was raised by her mother and step-father, Mr. Bennie Shack.
Betty Jean, around the age of twelve in 1945, left Meridian with her mothers’ sister and brother-in-law; Mrs. Ula Mae & husband, Mr. Else Cherry and their daughter, Mary for better job opportunities for them and a better level of education for the girls in the big city of Chicago.
In 1947, Betty Jean graduated from Forestville Elementary. Betty continued her education and graduated from DuSable High School in 1951. Both schools were located on the South Side of Chicago. She later married in 1952 to a Mr. Allen E. Williams, Jr. and from this marriage there were four (4) beautiful and healthy children, Allecia Jean, Sedgwick, Allen III and Marianne.
In the following years between the raising of their four children, Betty worked at the famous Curtis Candy Company in Chicago. In 1966, Betty Jean was blessed again with the birth of her fifth (5th) child, Frankie.
In 1969, Betty Jean tested and was hired to work for the United States Postal Service as a Mail Handler. Betty Jean worked at the down-town location in Chicago throughout her career and retired after thirty (30) years of dedicated service.
In the later years of her life, Betty Jean became reacquainted with several of her four (4) siblings, Mrs. Willie Robertson of Pacoma, Washington and Mr. Ezell McClellan of Detroit, Michigan.
Betty Jean, also known as BJ, Ma, Grannie, Grandma, Great-Grannie, Great-Great and Best Friend, displayed an enormous amount of strength while experiencing such excruciating pain and sorrow from the unexpected deaths of four (4) of her children and one grandson. Betty Jean was known to have prayed continuously to keep herself from becoming consumed by her grief and pain. Throughout the years, Betty Jeans’ family and friends witnessed how she refrained from becoming a bitter person and how she continued to display and demonstrate to others what it means to be a very kind and loving person despite your loss or losses.
Mrs. Betty Jean Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Allen E. Williams, Jr.; her parents, Mr. Willie McClellan, Mrs. Essie Mae & husband, Mr. Bennie Shack; her siblings, Mrs. Francis Anderson, Mrs. Bessie L. Rushing and Mrs. Lula Johnson and her four (4) children, Sedgwick, Marianne, Frankie and Allen III and one (1) grandson, Yovan Williams.
Mrs. Betty Jean Williams, a very kind, loving, courageous and devoted Mother, Grandmother or a friend leaves to cherish her memories; a loving and devoted Daughter, Allecia Jean Williams; three (3) loving Daughters-in-law, Yolanda Hines, Elaine Taylor and Tammy Williams; eleven (11) Grandchildren, Yamur (Dakota) Williams, Sedgwick D. Hines, Torino Williams, Sedgwick Williams, Crystal Long, Jasmine Tate, Martel, Kenny and Samauria Taylor, Brandy, Fallon and Stevon Williams; twenty-five (25) Great-Grandchildren, two (2) Great-Great Grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, Best Friends, friends and neighbors.
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