Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Daughter
Cleatrice Washington-Birmingham was born in Haynes, Arkansas to the late Rev O.D. Washington and Carrie Bell Anderson-Ivory. She was the only girl growing up with five brothers who preceded her in death: Lenny Wilson, Clarence Wilson, Willie B. Wilson, Tom Parris and Jack Burnside.
Cleatrice attended Turlekin Grade School in the rural community of Linden, Arkansas. In 1945, she attended Father King Parochial School in Forrest City, Arkansas where she resided until her health failed in July 2017. Cleatrice was a God fearing woman and professed a hope in Christ at an early age. She was the mother of her church and active in service until her health failed.
Cleatrice was a skilled and multi-talented woman. She retired from Sanyo Manufacturing Corporation, but used other skills she possessed to create streams of income whenever she deemed necessary. Cleatrice was an excellent cook and baker. She was well known for her cakes and sweet potato pies. Cleatrice loved to can fruits and vegetables in season. She was also a great hair dresser.
Among her favorite places to be was out doors. Cleatrice enjoyed the fresh air. Fishing was one of her favorite things to do. She would go practically everyday with her friends. If she was not fishing you would probably catch her sitting outside in the shade. When she wasn't outside, Cleatrice enjoyed church, western movies and in her later years she loved watching the "Bachelor and Bachelorette" series. Cleatrice was a great story teller and a bit of a comedian too. Some of her most cherished stories were the memories of our great grand parents (John and Josephine Anderson) and growing up in rural Haynes, Arkansas.
Cleatrice leaves to mourn her passing: two daughters, Eleanor Kidd and Jacqueline (David) Brown; three sons, Larry Kidd (Tandela), Herbert Kidd (Ruby) and Charles Washington; seven grandchildren--Natasha Kidd, Pamela Kidd, Avian Kidd, Francis Washington, Scottish Washington, Shawn Millen, Tiffany (David) Brown-Burnett; and five great grand children--Terrance, Kiya, Dylan, Zane, Dallas Josephine, Aria Noelle and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family.
Words cannot express how much we miss you. We loved you dearly, but God loved you best. Until we meet again. Take your rest."