Antique Vintage 17

Josephine E. Willabus

December 12, 1929 ~ May 30, 2022 (age 92)


Josephine Willabus, 92, of Hampton passed away Monday, May 30, 2022.  Funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 10 at 3:00 PM, St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, 591 Flint River Rd, Jonesboro GA 30238.  Her care entrusted to  HOPE Funeral Home, 165 Carnegie Place, Fayetteville GA 30214. (770) 461-9222.

Josephine Elizabeth Willabus was born on December 12th, 1929 in Rose Hall, Corentyne, Guyana to the late Emanuel and Marie Winter of Dutch heritage.  She was the third of six children.  Josephine grew up and attended school in Rose Hall. She met her husband, the late John Henry Willabus, in her hometown and they later relocated to the mining town of Linden. They were blessed with seven children from this marriage.  She migrated to the United States of America in 1983.

While in school, Josephine was an ardent runner. She attended the Anglican Church and was a part of the music ministry.  She learned to sew and became an exceptional seamstress making all of our clothes. She attended Carnegie School of Home Economics and her cooking was enjoyed by many.  Her specialties were pastry making and icing cakes.  Some of these skills she passed on to her children.

Josephine was a gentle spirit, quiet, kind, loving, very giving, respectful, humble, a good example of what love should be, and a woman of great faith.  She was at her happiest when she was at family gatherings. She loved her family dearly and would give her all to support them.  In spite of these qualities, she also had a stubborn streak.  She hated conflicts and became extremely upset if she became aware that there was dissention among her kids.  She always instilled in us the need to live lovingly and peacefully with each other and expressed her wish that we continue to live in this manner when she departs.  She was also a cacer survivor.  She passed away peacefully.

Josephine enjoyed watching movies, reading, attending cultural events, dancing and travelling.  She loved visiting New York because she knew that trip would include a visit to the Casino.

Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Clifford and her siblings George, Frederick, Edwina and Lena.

She leaves to mourn her sister, Alma of Suriname, her children, Norma, Lorna, John, Roy, Jennifer and Brian, her many grandchildren, great grand-children, sons-in law and daughters-in-law, a sister-in-law, brother-in-law and her many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Mom, we want to thank you for the love and support you gave to us throughout the years, also for all the sacrifices you made to make our lives easier.  You will forever be in our hearts.  We love you, Mom and you will be terribly missed.


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Funeral Mass
June 10, 2022

3:00 PM
St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church
591 Flint River Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30238

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