Willie Marie Randle, a churchwoman and community activist, died Tuesday in her Buffalo home following a long illness. She was 90.
Born in Tutwiler, Miss., the former Willie Marie Glenn grew up in Belzoni and Greenwood, Miss. In Greenwood, a reservation was named after her ancestors, the LeFlore family. The location is now named LeFlore County.
She graduated from high school in Belzoni.
In 1952, Mrs. Randle settled in Buffalo with her husband, William, whom she married in 1941, and their six children. Her husband died in 1978.
Mrs. Randle joined Zion Missionary Baptist Church in 1953 and was president of the Nurses Guild. She served on the Usher Board and was treasurer and secretary for the Missionary Society for 25 years.
Mrs. Randle also was an assistant midwife and day care provider.
She was a member of the Association for the March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Surviving are five daughters, June Thompson, Barbara Washington, Cynthia Barber, Elaine and Eleanor; a son, William; and a sister, Lillian Morey.
A funeral will be held at noon Monday in Zion Baptist Church, 179 E. Ferry St., with the wake at 11.