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Willa B. Morgan

February 17, 1919 ~ January 1, 2019 (age 99)

Willa Beatrice Ross Morgan was born February 17, 1919 the sixth child (of ten) to the family of Samuel and Willie Ross. Willa accepted Christ at an early age while attending Bethel Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Dayton Dunbar High School in 1937 and was a proud graduate of Cosmetology in 1939.

She began working in Buffalo, NY and Philadelphia, PA. She later moved to Cleveland where she met and married Warren Edsel Morgan. They were blessed with two children, Warren Edsel Morgan Jr. and Wilhelmina Morgan (who lived for only two days).

Willa loved working with her friends and church members here at Antioch Baptist Church (which she was a member for 75 years). Willa was also a member of 90th street club, Ward 6 community, Cub Scouts, John Hay PTA, 5th District Police Club, and many other organizations. She also enjoyed many hobbies, but the hobby she enjoyed the most was baking; baking cookies (which were all loved by everyone who would come and visit Hornet and Snoop), candy (the peanut brittle, was a very popular choice), birthday and wedding cakes. She just loved to see people happy with a full stomach, and if you needed anything - she would give you the shirt off her back. Willa was just that type of person - a very good person.

Willa also was blessed to have marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, DC and witnessed the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Willa also mentioned many, many, many times that she was grateful and blessed to have lived long enough to see the first African American President, Barack Obama and his lovely wife Michelle as the First Lady.

Willa leaves to cherish her memories: Son - Warren Morgan Jr., grandson - Warren Morgan  III, great-grand sons - Sean Morgan and Myles Morgan, great-granddaughter - Skye Morgan, and great-great-grandson - Kyrie Morgan, nieces - Renae Willis and Sherry Morgan and many nephews and friends.

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