Effie Washington was born April 14, 1940, to Calvin and Bertha Alexander in Perry Springs, Oklahoma. She was one of 8 children.
She was educated in Perry Springs until segregation and graduated from Tupelo High School. Effie was not afraid of hard work growing up, doing things most of the boys won’t or couldn’t do. As some of her Sister’s would say, “She was Daddy’s other Son.”
Her drive and determination lead her to Denver CO, in 1964. Where she then met Delois Washington and later married on December 23, 1964. To this union 3 children were born, 2 girls and one boy.
Effie started working at Samsonite, and Rocky Flats where she worked her way up to becoming a Material Analyst and later retired.
After retirement, she dedicated her life to her family and church. Her giving heart was endless, she would always make sure everyone ate. If there were clothes to give, she gave no matter the location. Knick- knacks, jewelry, flowers, a token of love, you name it she provided.
Effie didn’t like sitting in the house for too long, “Staring at the four walls”, as she would say.” She loved garage sales (digging), going to the mountains (up the way), running errands with Sister Jones and Sister Woods (Woodtic). Staying busy and always with a purpose.
She was a faithful servant at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where she would be sure to let you know in her words “MY PASTOR”!
Any and all visiting church’s knew Sis/Motha Washington. She never wavered in expressing her love and compassion for the Lord. Standing up dancing with her cane, waving her hand from pew to pew and shouting “AMEN AMEN, YES SIR, YES SIR!”
Effie leaves to cherish her precious memory, three children, Deirdre (Napoleon) Hester III, Dalton Washington Alexander, Delois (Michael) Bond. Seven Grandchildren, Danessa(Akeen) Washington, Damara (Deaunzre) Hester, Daeja Hester, Isiah Matthews, Chloe and Marley Alexander all from Colorado, Amare Bond Victorville, California. Eleven Great Grandchildren (little reindeers), and a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and In- Laws, and Dear Friends.
Her Siblings Brezilla Alexander and Vester Johnson of Stonewall Oklahoma, Gladys Monroe of Ada Oklahoma, June (Arthur) Fulson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is preceded in death by her Husband Delois Washington, Parents Calvin (Bertha) Alexander, and Siblings Buleah (Herbert) Booker, Howard (Ray) Alexander, Ruth Grant, James Alexander, Thompson Monroe.
We’re all going to miss those morning, noon and night calls on snow days, or just a simple check in. By ending the call with, “Love, love, love you much… blurrp blurrp.!”