Martha Ann Wilson, affectionately known as “Momma”, “Grandma”, and “Alfane” was born on May 22, 1927 in Westmoreland County, Virginia to the late Richard L. and Millie Ann Wilson. She was educated in the Westmoreland County Public Schools. She accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Zion Baptist Church, where she remained a faithful and dedicated member until her health began to fail.
Martha was a skilled seamstress. She enjoyed sewing and making quilts for loved ones, always by hand. She lived out her life’s purpose as a nurturer and the matron for several generations of her family. Her silly, easy-going spirit made her a joy to be around. Her signature camel walk dance was the highlight of every family celebration. She enjoyed feeding everyone who walked through her door; she made sure you had a hot meal and a place to sleep. She took care of everyone, she provided a safe, loving home and she was so full of wisdom and family history.
Martha was a matriarch to so many and she was extremely passionate about family. She was the Wilson library. All you had to do was sit down and talk to “Momma”, she could tell you all about the family history. She bore witness too many milestones, surviving life’s valleys, like the Great Depression, and celebrating life’s peaks, like the Inauguration of the first black president of the United States. All of her life lessons and experiences translated clearly into the way she nurtured and provided for her family. She was a God-fearing woman. She committed to the responsibility of raising and keeping her family together, and she made sure everyone went to church and had a relationship with the Lord. She laid the foundation for generations to come, and her legacy will live on forever.
Martha, peacefully, departed this life on Friday, March 25, 2022, in Richmond, Virginia. She was preceded in death by eleven siblings: Mary Rose, Walter, Ella, Emma, John, Virginia, Bessie, Eugene, Alex, Ralph, and Flossie; three children: Lillian Taylor, Peggy and Alex (Geno); three grandchildren: Andrea, DeVonna, and Alex; and two great grandchildren: Brandon and Keenan.
Martha gave birth to three children, adopted two children, took care of and provided for a total of seventeen children, while loving many others, including her nieces and nephews.
She leaves to cherish her memories, two beloved daughters: Patricia Wilson and Lucy Wilson; one beloved son: Ralph (Colleen) Wilson; one beloved adopted son: Germanic Wilson; twelve grandchildren: Sandra Lee, Spencer (Rhonda) Wilson, Richard Wilson, Brenda (Brian) Blango, Loretta (Jeffrey Sr.) Greene, Taylor-Marie Wilson, Zion Wilson, John Wilson, Ramon Wilson, Ashley Wilson, Alex (Janae) Wilson Jr., and Alexis Wilson; sixteen great-grandchildren: Kiera (Don) Edwards, Ravyn Wilson, Lillian Taylor Wilson, Kymberly Blango, Chelsey Blango, Bria Blango, Jessica (Keith) Thorne-Bingham, Jeffrey Greene Jr., Janay Greene, Jamar Greene, Tylan Lee, Harmoni Wilson, Isaiah Wilson, Ava Wilson, Von Wilson, and Cordae Wilson; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; six beloved nieces: Geraldine Turner, Ruth Ella Dixon, Dinell Lucas, Louise Turner-Yerby, Lue (Piggy) Clayton and Allison Ingram; four beloved nephews: William Clayton, Wallace Clayton, Ralph Wilson Jr., and Johnny Turner; and countless nieces, nephews and cousins
Funeral service for Martha Ann Wilson will be held on Friday, April 1, 2022, at 12 Noon in the sanctuary of the Zion Baptist Church, 1274 Zion Church Road, Kinsale, Virginia.
Interment will follow in the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
Remains may be viewed from 4PM until 6PM on Thursday, March 31, 2022, in the chapel of the WELDON-FISHER FUNERAL HOME, and from 10AM until service time on Friday at Zion Baptist Church.