On March 8, 1938, John and Janie Townsend were relocating from their hometown of Clarksdale Mississippi to Kansas City, when the Lord blessed them with and angel who decided to make her entrance into this world in New Madrid, Mo. They affectionately named her Lucille. Lucille received her formal education in the Kansas City Mo School District attending Bruce Elementary School, R. T. Coles High School, and proceeded in obtaining her high school Diploma. Lucille worked for Walker Salad Factory, The Chicken Poultry and Sears Roebuck & Company. Lucille later became a homemaker. Lucille was blessed with seven wonderful children. “Momma loved her children and enjoyed spending time with all seven of us, she also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Momma loved playing board games and she loved putting puzzles together. The more pieces in the puzzles the better it was for her.” Lucille was strong-willed, kind, loving and always willing to help anyone that she could. Lucille accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age attending Mariah Walker Church under the leadership of the Late Rev. A L Carter, Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ under the leadership of the late Rev. Everetta McKenzie and Evangelist Temple COGIC under the leadership of the late Bishop SR Chambers. Lucille raised her children to praise and worship the Lord as her Mother raised her. Lucille loved Gospel Music, some of her favorites were Mahalia Jackson (“How I Got Over” and “In The Upper Room”) and The Mighty Clouds of Joy (“Walk around Heaven All Day”). Lucille was preceded in the death by her Father John R Townsend Sr, her Mother Janie Townsend her siblings, infant Jerry Townsend, Gloria Jean Townsend, Willie B. Townsend, Janie Townsend Holmes, Louise Townsend Summers, and grandson Darrell Henry. “Our Dear Mother received her wings and went to be with the Lord on Monday January 11, 2021. She will be greatly missed by many. Lucille leaves to cherish her precious memories: Her brothers: John R. (Carol) Townsend Jr., Leroy Townsend, Bennie L. (Winnie) Townsend Sr.; Her sisters: Geraldine Jones, Jennie Townsend, Norma Townsend, Lorine (Harry) Hill; Her loving children: Terrilyn (Jeff) Vukovich, Darryl Townsend, Curtis Townsend, Toni Townsend, Jeffrey Littleton, Dana Harris and Vicky Littleton; Her grandchildren: Kelvin (Victoria) Haynes Jr. Eric Haynes, Darryl Pickens, Tamica Pickens, Derwayne Williams, Monique Henry, Darius Lineker, Darnell (Kim) Littleton, De'Andre Littleton, Janae Littleton, Latisha Fletcher, Danta Jones and 25 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.
A Private Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Thursday, January 21st at Watkins Heritage Chapel 4000 Emanuel Cleaver Blvd. KCMO 64130. Visitation 10am. Interment Blue Ridge Lawn Cemetery.
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