November 9, 1923 - December 6, 2020
The evening of December 6, 2020, Dale Ford (known by many as MeMe) passed away after a brief illness. Born Dale Gloriadean Williams on November 9, 1923 in Pontotoc, Mississippi, she was 97 years old. She moved to Milwaukee with her mother Sarah while still a young child and received her formal education in the Milwaukee Public School System. Dale was always eager to learn new skills and take on different work challenges. She worked at Fields Clothing store as a bookkeeper and served as church secretary for Mt Zion Baptist Church under Pastor Lovelace. However, her most cherished accomplishment was starting her own business - "The Flower Hut". Her shop was the result of one of the many night classes she took at Milwaukee's Vocational School - flower arranging. Dale married William (Billy) Ford, her long-time companion of 70 years on February 5, 1942, who preceded her death on December 22,2011. To their union, four children were born - Brenda, Devon, and the twins Hannah and LeRoy. Dale and Billy valued the family having the evening meal together (a dying tradition). For them it was important, a time for everyone to connect and communicate. Since Dale was a great cook (unsurprisingly due to her many night classes), the evening dinner was thoroughly enjoyed. Dinner in the summer was especially fun since it was often at Lincoln Park golf course (Billy loved golf) or at a drive-in movie theater. In addition to being a great cook, Dale will also be remembered as a disciplinarian, a life coach, and a good friend. Dale leaves to cherish her memory: her three daughters Brenda Green of Irvine, CA; Devon Turner and Hannah Ford, Milwaukee; one son LeRoy Ford, Milwaukee. Seven grandchildren: David Turner, Brian Turner, Keena Crawford, Ronald Morris all of Milwaukee; Lena Patton of Fairfield Township, Ohio; Brandon Ford Green of Brooklyn, NY; Melissa Cooper of Chicago, IL; one nephew, Thomas Brown, Milwaukee; seven great-grandchildren; four great, great-grandchildren. When life separates us, we know it is only the soul saying goodbye to the body. Death may have taken Dale's body from us, but it can never take away our memories of her. Her spirit will be with us always. May she rest in peace!
The evening of December 6, 2020, Dale Ford (known by many as MeMe) passed away after a brief illness. Born Dale Gloriadean Williams on November 9, 1923 in Pontotoc, Mississippi, she was 97 years old. She moved to Milwaukee with her mother Sarah... View Obituary & Service Information
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