Lillian M. Bartlett, 89, raised many foster children

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Lillian M. Bartlett
Lillian M. Bartlett

Lillian M. Bartlett of Seaford, Del., was called home to be with the Lord early Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, 2017. She was born in Halifax County, Va., on March 11, 1927, to the late John and Libby Jordan. She was one of 12 children and grew up in Williamsburg, Va., where she attended school.

As a young woman, Lillian met the love of her life, Charles H. Bartlett, who was known as “Bubba.” They were married and had one son, Charles Wesley Bartlett. Lillian and Charles were married for more than 66 years, and she was affectionately called “Skipper” by her husband and “Nana” by her grandchildren.

Lillian and Charles raised many foster children during their many years together. She worked part time as a housekeeper, as well as caring for the children. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband in 2011, and more recently, her son in August 2016.

In 1947, Lillian and Charles moved to New York; and in 1960 they moved to Westfield, N.J., where they spent most of their years together. Lillian and Charles both joined Metropolitan Baptist Church in Scotch Plains, N.J., where she served faithfully as a deaconess, was a member of the Usher Board, and sang in the Senior Choir. In 1995, they moved back to Virginia, where they joined Colossian Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Peter A. Evans. In 2007, they moved to Seaford, Del.

Lillian leaves her beloved family to cherish her fond memories, her daughter-in-law, Diane Bartlett, of Seaford, Del.; foster children, William Thomas, of Pennsylvania, Eddie Thomas, of Newport News, Va., and Ebony Johnson and Destiny Miles, both of Delaware; grandchildren, Kelli Randolph (Conroy Sr.) of Suffolk, Va., Marcie Williams, of Branchburg, N.J., Danyelle Williams (the late Mark Williams) of Willingboro, N.J., Cheryl Pinckney (Michael) of Burlington, N.J., and Pamela Moore (Glen) of Willingboro, N.J.; two sisters, Ruby Thomas and Geraldine Payne, both of Williamsburg, Va.; two brothers, John Jordan of Newport News, Va., and Willis Jordan of Seaford, Del.; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

A homegoing celebration will be held at noon Monday, Jan. 16, in Colossian Baptist Church, Newport News. Mrs. Bartlett may be viewed from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the church.