Willa Mae Moore passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at her home in Urbana, IL at the age of 100.
Willa Mae was born May 13, 1920 to William J. and Daisy Cobbs, Lynchburg, VA. Her family relocated to Pittsburgh, PA when she was a baby. Willa Mae graduated from Fifth Avenue High School, Pittsburgh, PA. After high school graduation she entered the Nursing Assistant Program at West Pennsylvania Hospital, where she received her Nursing Assistant Certificate and worked many years.
Willa Mae relocated to Champaign, IL in the late 1940s. She met and married her late husband, Hayden J. Moore and to that union four children were born. Willa Mae accepted Christ at an early age. Upon relocating to Champaign, she joined Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Later in life she joined Canaan Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. B. J. Tatum, where she remained a member until her death.
After relocating to Champaign, Willa Mae worked for Burnham City Hospital, Champaign. After leaving Burnham City Hospital, she entered the Nursing Assistant Program at Mercy Hospital, Urbana, IL. Upon completion of the program and receiving her Nursing Assistant Certificate, she worked years at Mercy Hospital. She dedicated her life to caring for others. She worked private duty caring for families in the Champaign-Urbana area, as well as various public nursing facilities, and retired from Clark-Lindsey Nursing Home.
Willa Mae spent her life giving love and joy to all she met through her smile, sense of humor, and caring nature. She brought so much laugher to family and friends with her funny quotes that touched so many lives. She will be greatly missed.
Willa Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Hayden J. Moore; son, William N. Moore; great grandson, Jermel M. Hedrick; and grandson, Cornelious Fortner III.
Willa Mae is survived by her daughters, Dianna M.Campbell, Haydenia M. Jenkins, Willamenia M. Moore, and Madlayn M. Tinsley (Aaron) of Champaign; four granddaughters, Rachella Thompson-Brown (Leroi), Urbana; Deanna Q. Frame (Johnny), Dacula, GA; Notoura R. Tinsley, Champaign; and Charlene D. Campbell, Dallas, TX. Also surviving are three grandsons, Lorenzo J. Fortner, Urbana; Jerome O. Moore-Tinsley, Champaign; Antonio L. Moore (Cozette), Indianapolis, IN; one daughter-n-law, Christine Moore, Champaign; and many great/great-great grandchildren.
A private celebration of life will commence at 12pm, Friday, November 27, 2020 at Leek and Sons Funeral Home- Urbana. A public viewing will commence from 2-4pm, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Leek & Sons- Urbana
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