Wilhelmina Rayford (Mina), 80, of 1432 Granville Place, St. Louis, Missouri passed away February 12, 2021 at approximately 1030 PM in Green Park Senior Living Community after battling kidney failure.
She was born to the late Leon and Mattie Bradshaw November24, 1940, in Memphis, Tennessee. Wilhelmina graduated from Manassas High School in 1958.
She married Johnny Lee Rayford in 1962, and they lived in Memphis for approximately 6 years before relocating to St. Louis, Mo. Wilhelmina was the fourth child of seven and goes on to join five brothers, a sister, and her second child, John Rayford that have all gone before her to be with the Lord. Wilhelmina is survived by her remaining five children: Kelvin Bradshaw (Janet) of Simpsonville, SC, Valerie Rayford, Sharon Shelton (Lamont), Gerald Rayford (Lacrissa), and Jeannette Rayford which all reside in St. Louis. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews.
Wilhelmina was a loving and caring mom that raised six children. She made sure that all her kids attended church along with serving. She was a supervisor for Operation Bright Sidefor numerous years. Wilhelmina was a Teacher Assistant at Compton Heights Catholic Grade School before moving on to be the administrator at Blue Hill Corporation for over 15 years where she retired. Her personality for loving God, people, & church was evident. Wilhelmina was immensely proud of her family, and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. If you ever had conversation with her she would tell you how proud she was of them and their spouses. Wilhelmina had multiple talents. She was an outstanding seamstress and there was nothing she couldn’t make. She was also an excellent artist who enjoyed drawing and cooking. Mom wish was to be cremated in 2010 when she passed.
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