Visitation will be Friday, April 11, 2014, from 3-6 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home Chapel in Rosedale and from noon until service time Saturday.
Funeral service will be Saturday, April 12, 2014, at West Bolivar Middle School Gymnasium in Rosedale with Rev. Willie Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Bold Pilgrim Cemetery in Beulah.
She is preceded in death by parents Mary and Bennie Johnson; husband Nathaniel Lessie; sister Olivia Johnson; and stepson Leon Green.
Survivors include sister Stella Mae Stamp of Itta Bena; 16 children (9 of her own) Stella (Robert) Hampton of Rosedale, Rosie Lambert of Pace, Nathaniel (Virginia) Lessie of Milwaukee, Wis., Bennie Lessie of Pace, Robert Lessie of Albany, Ga., James (Tiffany) Lessie of Oklahoma City, Okla., Mary (Michael) Smith of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Michelle Matheney of Pace, Leon Lessie of Cleveland; 7 stepchildren Nelson Green of Southaven, Chester Green, Joyce Green, Patricia Green, Willie Green, Etta Green, Patrice Green all of Toledo, Ohio; 5 godchildren Jean Cooper, Cherie Darden, Carlton Darden, Carolyn Payne, and Selenda Darden; 64 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; 1 special friend Willie Mae Darden; and a host of nieces nephews, cousins, and friends.