Malgo Williams (1 Apr 1942 - 30 May 2014)

Donate in memory of
MalgoBreast Cancer Now

£1,174.81 + Gift Aid of £291.20
In partnership with

Funeral Service

Location
New Testament Church of God - 'The Rock ' 32 George Street West Spring Hill B18 7HF
Date
16th Jun 2014
Time
10.30am

Burial Details

Location
Handsworth Cemetery Oxhill Road Birmingham B21 8JT
Date
16th Jun 2014
Time
1pm

Our mother – Malgo Williams (a.ka. Madge) was born on the 1st April 1942 to Grace-Anne and Oscar Williams in the district of Clarendon in Jamaica. She was born in to a large family and was the fourth of nine children (before her came, Auntie Doris, Auntie Catherine, Auntie Miley; after her came Uncle Nathan, Auntie Carmen, Uncle Glen and Auntie Myrna). She graduated from Milk River School and had ambitions to become a Police woman. When her ambitions were not met, she undertook domestic work which involved her washing & ironing clothes and child care – two elements of her early experiences that continued into adult life.
We believe that mums true vocation should have been to be a seamstress, as anyone who knows her well will also know that she had a habit of ‘altering’ almost anything that she got her hands on.
Mum emigrated to England in 1965, whilst heavily pregnant with her first child Ian. Over the years, her family grew and she was blessed (her words not mine) with three more children; Stephen, Debbie and Tilla (aka Charmaine).
Mum always said that you should never begrudge someone of food and took on the unofficial role of cook to everyone and anyone that she could feed – thank goodness her food was always good (that is until she went blind and would often make pepper run away with her). She would cook for parties in the 1960s and 70s and until she became ill you would be sure to find a pot on the fire whenever you passed by. Food would be offered with a welcoming smile.
One September morning of 2012 mum had a routine mammogram screening and was quickly diagnosed with breast cancer after that screening. During the eighteen months since her diagnosis mum fought with the grace and uncomplaining dignity that many of us find difficult to comprehend.
The grace of God was evident in the way that mum appeared to the outside world so very few people realised just how ill she was. The one thing that mum continually asked of us was to take her to church, so she visited this church on a number of occasions and visited her own church only weeks before her passing.
Since mums passing a prevailing emotion that has been overwhelmingly evident in all those that grieve alongside us is one of ‘love’ – love that is pure and genuine in its expression. A kind of love that we feel epitomises what mum stood for and one that we hope stands out in our tribute to her. During our childhood the love was evident even when mum had to make something out of nothing because the cupboards were close to empty; it was evident when she gave her last penny to ensure that we had a clothes on our back and shoes on our feet. It was evident when she took care of our children as if she had gone through the pain of giving birth to them herself. It was also evident in her words – she would often say ‘mi love im’ (that’s both male and female). To our frustration she extended those words to most people without exception and I think that if you consider those that grieve alongside us it is evident that she really did love all people.
We thought it would be fitting to draw this eulogy to a close with a quote from the late, great Maya Angelo, who expresses love in simple terms by saying:
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
Mum we miss and love you with every fiber of our being and we are proud to be part of what you stood for and only hope that we can continue your legacy with the honor and humility with which it began. Farewell, until we meet on the other side.

Debbie Ellis lit a candle
Natasha wrote

Good Morning Nanny, just wanted to take a moment out of my time to let you know it doesn't matter where I am, or what I am doing, your still very much alive in my heart Nanny. Seems like everywhere I look I see pain and sorrow but when I think of you I see smiles and the other day I watched a video of you smiling and saying Hello that just made my day. Rest In Peace Nanny, your always in my thoughts I love you x

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Natasha donated in memory of Malgo
Add a Donation
Debbie Ellis wrote

Mum you fought the good fight, you finished the race and you remained faithful. Love you now & forever x

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Natasha posted a picture
Report abuse
Comment on this photo
Charmaine Ellis wrote

Donated on behalf of all those who made a contribution during mums funeral service. THANK YOU very much everyone x

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Charmaine donated £129.81 in memory of Malgo
Add a Donation
Zhané Wilson posted a picture
Report abuse
Comment on this photo
Lewis wrote

Rest in Peace, Aunty Madge.

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Lewis donated £1,000 in memory of Malgo
Add a Donation
Natasha donated in memory of Malgo
Add a Donation
Irene Aserie posted a picture
Report abuse
Comment on this photo
Michelle wrote

Really going to miss seeing your lovely smiling face. You always made me feel welcome and part of the family. A beautiful woman RIP Auntie xxxx

Report abuse
Comment on this message
C wrote

Mommy Williams thank you for opening your heart and welcoming me into your home, for treating me like one of yours. Thank you for demonstrating those rare qualities of hope and patience in the face of apparent hoplesness. You taught me something valuable. You were a lioness for all those whom came from you and you protected them with your unconditional love. You live on in them Mommy Williams. Thank you for paving the way for us in this country through some brutal times we salute you as an elder. I salute you as you take your place with the ancestors. Till we meet again.
Much much love is in my heart for you ♡

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Pauline wrote

It was always a pleasure to see your smiling face. You will be sadly missed rest in peace Madge xxx

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Pauline donated £5 in memory of Malgo
Add a Donation
Roger Pink wrote

One Of The Best, Grace Style Passion True Love For Her Family, ONE In A Million Tears Are FLOODING OUT MY EYE'S Gone To Meet The Dream Team From All Of Us CREDIT TO MANKIND Thanks For Taking Care Of Me Years Ago NUFF LOVE AUNTIE MADGE

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Nichola Dowd wrote

Nan no words can describe the love i have for you its will be the same always and forever you will remain in my heart my angel my life my world rest in paradise nan. Xxxxx

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Natasha wrote

To My Beautiful Nanny Williams,

Ever since I was a little girl I always knew you loved me. Along with you telling me Nanny you were so wonderful at showing me. You opened your door to me you opened your heart to me you opened the fridge and Dutch pot too. My belly was always full when I was with you. You ran me a bath, you bathed my skin and you flannel dried me which at the time I hated, I always thought Nanny please just get the towel. You then followed by greasing my skin down with that lovely cocoa butter then there was a trial to do my hair which my Aunties took on. Night time was followed by Hot Chocolate and blankets.
Now that I am grown you mean so much more to me than when I was younger because I can look back and see just how special your love was and the effect it had on me, its because of you Nanny that I don't like to watch the news I remember how much it made you cry and it makes me cry too, I really have little tolerance for food left over on a plate because I remember you telling me about the poor hungry children in Africa you would get very upset at the adverts. I cant believe it but yes I flannel dry myself and my daughter Nanny I just don't see the point of drenching my towel when I can use a flannel first. Cadburys Hot Chocolate and Palmers Cocoa Butter along with your famous words - yes me dear daughter are all in memory of you. I am proud to say even in your hardest times you still had those open arms, that happy smile and genuine time to give to others. I'm happy for you Nanny, your free from the suffering and pain and you've made it to the other side. I cant see you but I feel you all the time Nanny your in my heart your in my memory and your a part of my future teachings with my own child. There will never be another you and I'm thankful for our time together. I love you Nanny. Rest In Peace God bless x

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Diane stringer wrote

Your life was a blessing
Your memory a treasure
You are loved beyond words
And missed beyond measure....
heaven as gained a special unique angel x rest in peace madge love dee xxxxxxx

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Marsha Webbe posted a picture
Report abuse
Comment on this photo
Marsha Webbe wrote

I will miss you dearly, you have always been there for me. You were such a giving person the support you have given me over the years can't be measured. You were always welcoming and shared your love with everyone you met. A beautiful lady who always put others first, the true meaning of family.
Rest in heaven aunty x

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Tonia Williams posted a picture
Report abuse
Comment on this photo
Charmaine Ellis wrote

Lets win the fight against cancer!

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Charmaine donated in memory of Malgo
Add a Donation
Lemisha Williams posted a picture
Report abuse
Comment on this photo
Charmaine Ellis wrote

my nan was the best nan ever. She was always nice to me and all her grand kids and family. Also she never got angry at things that most people would get angry at , she just smiles.

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Marie Thomas-Bartley wrote

To quote Maya Angelou
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,but people will never forget how you made them feel"
You welcomed me into your home over 25 years ago & made me feel like part of the family. You were truly the most humble & blessed person I have encountered & as you have made your way home, I pray you rest in Peace. Marie, Keanu & Kobe

Report abuse
Comment on this message
Charmaine Ellis wrote

my nan was the best nan ever. She was always nice to me and all her grand kids and family. Also she never got angry at things that most people would get angry at , she just smiles.

Report abuse
Comment on this message