Rev. Inez Livingston Willis

Rev. Willis had been associated with the Ravenna Avenue Church of God for more than 35 years, working with the Rev. Cleaster Fowler and his predecessor. She also was an associate minister at the Westside Church of God in Akron.

A Ravenna resident for most of her life, Mrs. Willis retired from her position as housekeeper at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, where she had worked for 14 years. She also worked at Oak Rubber Co., cleaned at the Ravenna City Jail and cooked at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna.

She was an active member of the NAACP for more than 35 years. She enjoyed sewing and quilting.

Born Jan. 12, 1905 in Pomaria, S.C., she was first of Walter and Lelia (Johnson) Eichelberger's 11 children. She began working after completing the fourth grade.

Rev. Willis and her first husband, Walter Livingston, worked as maid and butler in homes in Scarsdale and White Plains, N.Y., before moving to Ravenna to work in the newly opened Army Ordnance Plant.

Survivors include her son, Walter Livingston of Exton, Pa.; daughters, Juanita Portis of Columbia, S.C., Lurlene Heller of Akron, Claudia Parker of Cleveland and Mildred Yancy of Warren; 27 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and brother, Tryon Eichelberger of Columbia, S.C. Her first husband, Walter Livingston; second husband, Luther Willis; and sisters died previously.

Visitation will be held from noon until services at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Church of God on New Milford Road in Ravenna, with the Rev. Nobles C. Darby officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna. Arrangements were made by Shorts Funeral Home in Ravenna.

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