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WILMA DEAN ROBERTSON will be remembered as a loving, caring, and giving person because of her abiding kindness and sharing spirit that embraced so many. For nine decades, she poured out her God-given gifts to her family and many friends.
So, it is well pleasing to our Lord and Savior that we have gathered here today to celebrate her life that began on March 19, 1929.
She was raised in a large Christian family in Taylor Creek, Georgia by the late Mariah and Robert Baker, Sr. Dean was the sixth of ten children born to this union. Four sisters and four brothers preceded her in death. As a young girl, she attended Pleasant Grove A.M.E. Church in Allenhurst, Georgia, where she accepted Christ as her personal Savior. And up to seven years ago, she would still travel home every year in November for their Annual Camp Meeting and a good time was had by all.
Dean graduated from Liberty County High School in Riceboro, Georgia. Soon after her move to Chicago, she married the love of her life, John C. Robertson on November 26, 1949; and they were married for over 69 years (until his death). They were blessed with a lovely baby girl, Wanda.
She was a member of Lena A. Hamlett C.M.E. Church for over sixty years. Dean loved her Church.
Dean had a lot of loves: family, fashion and food. She received her Cosmetology License from the Scientific School of Beauty in 1958. She worked at the Rainbow Beauty Salon until John built her a salon in their home, which allowed her to be a homemaker for most of her married life. You could always count on a full-course meal coming out of her kitchen no matter what day of the week. She was especially known for her delicious cakes and pies. Dean loved seeing others enjoying a good meal. This, along with the love of her family is what truly made her happy. She passed on that love of fashion to Wanda as evidenced by their many shopping trips together.
As part of her tireless dedication to community, Dean organized and actively assisted for many years in the development of her beloved Kedvale Street Block Club. She had an infectious laugh that would fill up any room. But, if you knew Dean, you knew she would always speak her mind.
Dean was the Treasurer of the Baker, Jackson, Martin, Williams Family Reunion Organization for over 40 years until her retirement in 2017.
She was proud of the fact that she was a “babysitting grandmother.” She adored and spoiled each grandchild and great-grandchild from the moment they were born.Preceding her in death was her grandson-in-law, Richard Lane, and great-granddaughter Madison.
On February 18, 2021, Dean took her final breath on this earth surrounded by her family, and loving memories of her will always be cherished in the hearts of: her beloved daughter Wanda (James); four grand-daughters—Tenisha, Jamice, Janell (Maurice), and Triana; eleven great-grandchildren—Kelaiah, Justin, Mario, Mykaila, Kamarie, Kameron, Kristian, Kaleigh, Kyle, McKenzie and Kyla, and one great-great grandson—Keitrell; One brother—Robert Baker, Jr.; Five brothers-in-law— Otis Robertson (Mary); Reverend Fate Robertson (Rosie), Reverend Thomas Robertson (Bertha); Reverend Charles Robertson (Dolly), and Charles Evans; four sisters-in-law—Leanna Taylor, Jestina (Howard Evans), Wilhelmina Robertson, and Gloria (Wayne Young); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends, especially her cousins Clarabelle, Arlie and Louise.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
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AA Rayner & Sons Funeral Home
5911 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60644
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