Willie Mae (Bradley) Amico was born September 17, 1924 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi to the late Willie Bradley and Betty (Tillman) Bradley.
Willie Mae married Jessie Amico in 1964 and to this union one child was born, Jesse O’Neal Amico.
Willie Mae was a long-time resident of Michigan City, IN. She resided on the Westside of town where she was a pillar of the community. Her home was full of love and kindness, where all were welcome. She was “Mom” to many, willing to help in any way she could, believing in the adage “it takes a village”. When the weather was nice, you could often find her sitting on her front porch. Everybody knew “Mrs. Amico” and many passersby would wave or honk their horns as they went by her home on Willard Ave. Some would often stop and sit on the porch and visit with her. She was always willing to give some welcome advice or just listen to what you had to say.
Willie Mae was a God-fearing woman and faithful servant. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Lakeland for over 50 years. Over the years, she served in many capacities: usher, missionary, trustee, kitchen ministry, bus driver and in any other capacity needed. When not at church, she enjoyed taking care of her garden, watching her favorite tv shows, “The Price is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune” and visiting family until her health began to fail. She also enjoyed cooking and baking. She was known for her “dressing”, potato salad, sweet potato pies and caramel cakes, which were her specialty.
Willie Mae was an exceptional mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was kind, understanding and full of love. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
Willie Mae departed this life on Monday April 12, 2021 at Northwest Health in LaPorte, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husband Jessie Amico, father, Willie Bradley, mother, Betty (Tillman) Bradley, stepmother, Bettie Bradley, son, George Williams Sr, daughter, Mary Louise Lomax Taylor, brothers, Charles Calhoun, Jimmy Bradley, Albert Smith, and Leslie Bradley sisters, Leona B. Roach and Bettie Bradley.
She leaves the following to cherish her memories: son, Neal (Sonja) Amico, grandchildren, Audra (Terry) Winston, Christopher Williams, Shakeena Reynolds, Lia Taylor, Jeremy Amico, Joe Amico, George Williams Jr., step-grandchildren, Anais Nero, LaShawn Burford, stepchildren, Versia Hairston, Tammy Amico, Tommy (Jerry) Amico, April Scivally, Dondie (George) Williams sisters, Carrie (Clarence) Magee, Hattiesburg, MS, Juanita Gardner, Homewood, IL, Dorothy Hunter, Chicago, IL, special daughter in law, Maggie Garner, Goddaughters, Cheryle (Surry) Timberlake, Judy K. Nelson, special friends, Annie Hervey, Eartha Coleman, and a host of other step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
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